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Kelso Comeback, Rockonsoph and The Player Queen Puzzler

Hitman Fred (more than 500 days ago....)

IT’S Borders National day at Kelso today and while we don’t have a runner in the big one this year, we do send two horses there. HITMAN FRED (12.35) is having his first run in a long time (521 days to be exact!) after suffering a bad tendon injury. He looks quite big still, so after so long out he’s entitled to need the run. He’s done plenty at home and there’s not really much more we could do with him on the gallops, so he’s ready to get back out there. He’s won around Kelso before so likes the track, but I do wonder if the ground will be a bit holding for him this weekend. It will be great to get him out racing again and hopefully this is a nice starting point for the rest of his season.

ROCKONSOPH (2.05) lines up in the mares’ novice hurdle and will step up to two-and-a-half miles after making her debut over the minimum trip at Hexham last month. We have decided to put a hood on her because she can be a bit keen and buzzy, so hopefully this will keep her calm in the early stages of the race. It’s an EBF qualifier but lets just see how she goes and we’ll think about the future after this race.

We were really disappointed with The Player Queen on Friday at Sedgefield she's it’s turning into a real head-scratcher. Everything seems fine with her at home, nothing at all has come to light since the race but she’s going the wrong way and we can’t put our finger on it. It’s a real mystery when horses show you plenty in the morning and you’re happy with them...but then put in performances like that.


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