Kelso victory at last for Bogside

Bogside finally opened his account at the fifth attempt in the Kelso Members Novices' Hurdle at the Scottish venue this afternoon.

Kelso victory at last for Bogside

Bogside finally opened his account at the fifth attempt in the Kelso Members Novices' Hurdle at the Scottish venue this afternoon.

The 8-1 shot was partnered by Jan Faltejsek and he brought the George Charlton-trained seven-year-old to dispute the lead at the final flight.

Bogside then produced the best turn of foot to pull two lengths clear of Music Of The Moor with the 11-8 favourite Priceless Art a neck further away in third.

Bogside is owned by racecourse steward Susie Wood and Charlton said: "My father (Alistair) and I bought the horse at the Derby Sales in Ireland.

"This was a good race today and when you train for a steward, you have got to win and it is good to have a winner for Mrs Wood.

"We didn't know if he would go on the soft ground but he showed a great turn of foot and he will have a few more runs over hurdles before he goes chasing."

The betting suggested there was a measure of confidence behind the chance of Circus Clown before the Oswald Hughes Handicap Hurdle and he justified it in convincing fashion under Graham Lee.

Circus Clown was shouldering a 7lb penalty for a win at Ayr on Saturday but the 13-8 favourite made light of it, coming through to lead at the last.

He went on to go three and a quarter lengths clear of Willie Hall on the run-in with Texas Holdem back in third.

The six-year-old was previously trained by the late Peter Monteith but is now with Jim Goldie, who said: "I think they had been waiting for him to mature.

"He is a nice improving horse and will probably step up in grade now."

There was also some good support in the betting ring for Always Right before the Lloyd Valderstad Handicap Chase and he did not let his supporters down.

Ridden with plenty confidence by Brian Hughes, he led on the run to the final fence and he drew away to come home eight lengths clear of Camden George.

He was backed from 5-2 to 7-4 favourite and owner/trainer John Wade's assistant Maria Myco said: "We have had him since he was a four-year-old and loves this soft ground.

"He could be a Scottish National type and I should think he will certainly be given an entry for the race."

Premier Sagas (9-4), who sports the same colours as Monet's Garden, continued on the upgrade with another encouraging success in the hands of Dougie Costello in the Timeform Festival Trial Novices' Chase.

He took up the running with a circuit to go and he kept up the gallop in great style to score by 22 lengths from Alfie Flits.

Premier Sagas is trained for David Wesley Yates by Nicky Richards, who said: "He did it very well, but I hope the handicapper takes into account that the others in the race let themselves down with their jumping.

"I think he will probably go for the new two-and-a-half-mile handicap at the Cheltenham Festival."

Richards was pleased to welcome Monet's Garden back to his Greystoke yard on Thursday as he continues to recover from a life-threatening foot problem.

The trainer added: "Our lucky charm is back in the yard."

Champion Hurdle aspirant Peddlers Cross kept his unbeaten record intact with a routine success in the Victor Chandler Morebattle Hurdle.

Donald McCain's pride and joy was sent off the 1-6 favourite to maintain his unbeaten record and he hurdled fluently throughout under Jason Maguire.

Bygones Of Brid committed for home a long way out, but Peddlers Cross followed him through under minimum driving and took over jumping the final flight.

He began to wander around on the run-in on his first start since landing the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newbury last November, but he still managed to come home with 11 lengths in hand.

Paddy Power reacted by leaving Peddlers Cross unchanged at 5-1 for the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 15.

Peddlers Cross had missed an intended run at Haydock in January after the meeting was abandoned and he also bypassed a possible outing earlier this month after coughing.

McCain said: "He's was switched off at home because he has been on the go for so long.

"All the tests we did with him were clear, but I have seen him a lot better.

"We needed to get a run into him and now we've got a month to get him right for Cheltenham."

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