Saturday March 24 is a new fixture at the Border track, with the first race off at 2.30pm. The “Party in the Paddock” meeting has a live band and DJ scheduled to play after a great afternoons racing.
Stark, Main & Company are sponsors of the feature race on the day to mark their achievement of the company in winning the “UK’s Best Accountancy Practice 2011 Award.” The Handicap Chase off at 3.30pm sees James Ewart mob-handed with likely top-weight Best Lover, Time Out and Vosges as the Langholm trainer bids to add to what is already a personal-best season. Despite pulling up at Cheltenham, Bruce Mactaggart’s Red Tanber has won five times for his Borders’ connections this term.
The opening race of the day has been kindly sponsored by Mitie Property Management. Warmest congratulations go to Lucinda Russell and her team for their Cheltenham Festival success with Brindisi Breeze and the Arlary House stable is represented in this Novice Hurdle with ex-John Gosden-trained Ryton Runner and Blazing White Face.
Jedforest Deer and Farm Park are kindly sponsoring an extremely competitive Handicap Hurdle. Hawick’s Alistair Whillans could be the trainer to follow in this as he is triple-handed with Dancing Gizmo, Funky Munky and Loch Dhu. Alistair’s brother Donald might spoil the party with his mare Thirty Days Out who was a cracking third at Newcastle in January.
Douglas Pryde, the highly respected financial advisor from Bo’Ness in West Lothian has agreed to sponsor the Novice Handicap Chase.
Super Ally, representing Scottish Grand National-winning trainer Andrew Parker, has won three times already at Kelso this season. Malcolm Jefferson, who saddled two winners at Cheltenham last week, is represented by The Magic Bishop.
The John Rose Last Racecourse Handicap Hurdle features Rhymers Ha’, owned by Melrose-based Geoff Adam. Sharney Sike, trained at Selkirk by Stuart Coltherd, has shown promise in both runs so far and this longer trip should suit