Brian Ellison has made a late decision to enter Definitly Red in the Malcolm Jefferson Memorial Chase on Thursday.
The now ten-year-old placed sixth in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last year, and is unbeaten in two starts so far this season.
Victories in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby and Many Clouds Chase at Aintree have been encouraging signs for the Phil and Julie Martin owned horse, who will be sent out again at Prestbury Park come March.
Ellison conceded his yard hadn’t anticipated the contest in the Scottish Borders, but was hopeful of his chances in the race.
Quoted by Sporting Life, the Malton-based trainer said:
It wasn’t really the plan to run him, to be honest. Phil (Martin, owner) said we should just stick him in – and if it looked like it might just be a school round we might run, but if it looked competitive then we wouldn’t bother.
If he hadn’t run the plan was to take him to Wetherby for a racecourse gallop – but talking to Jonjo (Sanderson, clerk of the course at Wetherby) he wasn’t sure we’d be able to do that anyway because of this flu situation.
There’s only two runners at Kelso, so it couldn’t have worked out any better really.
Definitly Red is currently a 33-1 shot to win the Gold Cup this year.