Classy Cyrus Darius can be a winner alright for Jefferson
Cyrus Darius can get his career back on track by claiming top honours in the Timeform Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso today.
Malcolm Jefferson's charge looked one of the northern circuit's brightest National Hunt prospects after producing a brilliant display in a Grade Two novice hurdle at Aintree in the spring of 2015.
However, he was made to work harder than expected when making a winning debut over fences at Perth in September of that year and it soon emerged he had suffered an injury that would rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.
The eight-year-old made his long-awaited return in last month's Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock and, while he was ultimately well beaten, he raced with plenty of enthusiasm for much of the way before eventually tiring.
Cyrus Darius should strip fitter for that run and will be hard to beat in this small field.
Alan King can strike at Leicester with Winner Massagot in the Fernie Chase.
Winner Massagot looked promising when second to Querry Horse at Doncaster.
Midtech Star can make it a quick Chelmsford double in the totequadpot Handicap after winning at the Essex venue earlier in the month.
CHELMSFORD: 5.50 Gabrial The Thug, 6.25 Ahead Of Time, 7.00 Midtech Star, 7.30 Curzon Line, 8.00 Diamond Indulgence, 8.30 Willyegolassiego.
CLONMEL: 1.50 Runfordave, 2.20 Kate Appleby Shoes, 2.50 Chambord Du Lys, 3.25 Bitsandpieces, 4.00 All The Chimneys, 4.35 Wind And Reign, 5.05 Iolani.
KELSO: 1.25 Reivers Lad, 1.55 Spanish Fleet, 2.25 CYRUS DARIUS (NAP), 3.00 Bernardelli, 3.35 Rhymers Stone, 4.05 Black Thunder, 4.40 Some Reign.
LEICESTER: 2.05 Agreement, 2.35 Storming Strumpet, 3.10 Mad Jack Mytton, 3.45 Winner Massagot, 4.20 Song Saa, 4.50 Sybarite.
LINGFIELD: 1.45 Auric Goldfinger, 2.15 Porto Ferro, 2.45 Jack Flash, 3.20 Life Won't Wait, 3.55 Cohesion, 4.30 Tidal's Baby, 5.00 Exceeding Power.
DOUBLE: Cyrus Darius and Winner Massagot