A competitive field for the Buccleuch Cup at Kelso

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The Borders Carers Centre, formerly the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, return to Kelso for their popular Border Holiday Race meeting on Monday, April 7 with the first race off at 2pm.

Cazenove Capital Management have sponsored the Buccleuch Cup for the last three years in support of the Borders Carers Centre. and they have been rewarded with a very competitive event for this Maiden Hunter Chase off at 3.30pm.

This is a race everyone in the Borders area loves to win and Moscow Menace landed the spoils 12 months ago for Gala’s Katie Scott. One very interesting local contender this year is Sandy Thomson’s home-bred Greenlaw raider Just Awake. Sandy has his string in great form and Jamie Hamilton steered the gelding to an impressive success at the Duke Of Buccleuch meeting at Friars Haugh in mid-March. And perhaps Barachois Silver can go one better after her short-head defeat in this last year.

The Borders Carers Centre have also sponsored the 2m Handicap Chase which has been supported by an anonymous donor for the charity. Alison Hamilton’s Some Lad, the ride of her nephew Tom, is a possible after posting good runs over hurdles and fences. Stuart Coltherd may send recent Carlisle runner-up Cloverhill Lad on the short journey from Selkirk.

The Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle in National could see Endeavour, who is another Sayer horse with plenty of form at Kelso over hurdles and fences and he actually landed this event 12 months ago. Alistair Whillans-trained Funky Munky is expected to line up again.