By Gordon Brown
NICKY RICHARDS is expecting the usual big run from Simply Ned in the feature race at Kelso on Sunday.
The Greystoke raider faces four rivals as he turns up for the fifth successive year in the £40,000 NSPCC School Service Handicap Chase.
Richards said: “He’s got a fantastic record in the race as he’s won it twice and been second twice. The old boy is in tremendous form but, as always, this first run of the season will blow the cobwebs away.
“Clearly the course suits but he’s also won at Musselburgh, Sedgefield and Doncaster as well as that Grade 1 he got in the stewards’ room at Leopardstown last Christmas. The campaign for horses rated as high as he is look after themselves so he’ll be running in some big races again.”
Among the opposition to Simply Ned is Theflyingportrait who was third in the race twelve months ago, having pipped his old sparring partner by a neck in 2016.
And Vosne Romanee, trained by Dr Richard Newland and ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, is on a belated hat-trick after back-to-back wins at Stratford in July.
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