Kelso Racecourse

Grand National Runners: Sue Smith keen for Kelso prep with I Just Know

Runners in the eagerly anticipated Grand National will have a tardy chance to test their form and fitness this Sunday, after it was announced that the raceday at Kelso, originally cancelled with incessant snowfall, has now been rescheduled.

The timely news comes after the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) gave permission for the Borders track to restage the event which had been initially organised for the previous Saturday.

Having already seen another National Trial in the shape of Doncaster’s Grimthorpe Chase, fall victim to the unrelenting weather conditions, the rearranged Premier Chase will certainly be fielding a competitive lineup.

Experienced trainer, Sue Smith, is keen to give her National entry, I Just Know, some much-needed preparation ahead of Aintree’s great race, and pinpoints Kelso as a strong potential avenue to do so.

The 8-year-old Gelding has been in good form of late, comfortably winning the long-distance Catterick showpiece in January and now looks to compete in the world’s most illustrious steeplechase.

The news of a reschedule will also be welcomed by top chaser, Seeyoumidnight, who is likely to appear at Kelso this weekend. The Sandy Thomson-trained Gelding must be registered to run in a chase prior to Monday 9th April or else he will ultimately fail to qualify for the Grand National race.

Kelso clerk of the course, Anthea Morshead, has voiced her delight at the news of a reschedule saying, “I can’t stress enough how grateful we are to the BHA and all our race sponsors, who have remained the same from the original fixture.

“It will be a £103,000 meeting and we have an additional race to form a seven-race card. We have been in touch with Sandy Thomson, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Sue Smith and Paul Nicholls, who were all keen to support the meeting if we could reschedule.”

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