Today’s Horse Racing Odds: Friday 18th February

The Met Office has issued red weather warnings across various parts of the UK due to high winds, with gusts of up to 90mph forecast, which has contributed to just one race meeting, at Kelso, being left on the schedule on Friday.

The cards at Fakenham, Lingfield, Southwell and Dundalk have been abandoned, although the last of those has been rescheduled for Monday.

Fortunately one card have survived the weather, and that is in the Scottish Borders where a seven-race offering from Kelso is due to get under way at 13:00, before reaching a conclusion at 16:10.

The feature race on the card from Kelso is the Class Two Handicap Chase at 15:05, where Empire Steel (3/1) will be looking to bounce back from a lacklustre showing at Haydock last time out at a track where he won easily last year.

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Pay The Piper (11/4) could be Empire Steel’s main rival for victory, with Ann Hamilton’s charge having followed up a win at Newcastle with second-placed finishes at Wetherby and Musselburgh on her last two starts.

The opener from Kelso is also worth looking out for, as Betfred’s ‘Extra Place’ promotion will be available, which could make Travail D’Orfevre (5/2) an interesting proposition – as he finished second on his most recent appearance at the venue last month.

Goodtimes Badtimes (3/1) and Bullion Boss (11/2) are also expected to go well after the highly-fancied Tartan Cookie was confirmed as a non-runner.

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