Champagne can be the toast of punters at Kelso​

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Champagne City has posted some solid efforts in hot handicaps and makes plenty of appeal at 5/1 in the 2.25 at Kelso today.​ ​ This Tom George trained six-year-old is a consistent sort who has a strike rate of 30 per cent having won four times and been placed on four occasions from 13 starts over the obstacles.​ ​ He comes into this having run really well on three occasions this season. In the first of those at Cheltenham, he only lost second place close home when finishing an 11 1/4 length third of nine to subsequent Betfair Hurdle winner Al Dancer off a mark of 134.​ ​ Champagne City then finished a fine fourth of 12 to Benny’s Bridge at the same venue before running a blinder at Newbury earlier in the month when a 3/4 length second of 11 to the lightly-raced and unexposed Crooks Peak where after racing at the head of affairs  he made a mistake at the last before rallying strongly.​ ​ But for the final flight blunder Champagne City may well have prevailed so a 3lb rise in the weights looks fair. A revised rating of 136 is a career-high but judged on the aforementioned efforts it should not be beyond him.​ ​ Champagne City is also 1-1 at the venue, has his ideal underfoot conditions and thus looks weaker  than the race he contested last time out.​ ​

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Champagne City (5/1 generally available – use BOG firms)​


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