KELSO preview By Gordon Brown

Published 2020/10/23

The trio in question, One For Arthur, Truckers Lodge and Le Breuil, are among the nine runners declared for the Edinburgh Gin Limited Handicap Chase over 3m 2f.

The former, trained by Lucinda Russell, won this very contest in 2016 before galloping to glory at Aintree the following spring.

Paul Nicholls-trained Truckers Lodge was a narrow runner-up in the Welsh National at Chepstow late last year and went one better with an impressive victory in Midlands equivalent at Uttoxeter two and a half months later.

Le Breuil, a rare raider from the Gloucestershire yard of Ben Pauling, won the four-mile National Hunt Chase under leading amateur rider Jamie Codd at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019.

Also in the line-up is Keith Dalgleish-trained Amalfi Doug, a recent winner at Perth and third in this race twelve months ago, just half a length ahead of fourth-placed One For Arthur.

But perhaps the most interesting runner is Kim Bailey’s Rocky’s Treasure, equipped with first-time cheekpieces and returning from an operation to improve his breathing.

A winner on his debut over fences at Kelso two years ago, he then gained a Grade 2 chase prize at Doncaster before flopping in both starts last term.