Christmas jumpers at Kelso Races

Kelso races.
Kelso races.

The final meeting of 2015 is staged at Kelso racecourse on Tuesday (December 29), with the first race off at 12.05pm.

This holiday meeting attracts a real bumper crowd in the festive period between Christmas and New Year.

Feature race of the day is the £10,000 Monteith Memorial, generously sponsored by the Monteith Family and Dennis Coppola, to recall the very happy memories of not only Peter Monteith, the very successful East Lothian trainer, but also his father Colonel Willie Monteith who was such a renowned part of racing in Scotland.

One of the great characters of racing in the Borders, Gerry McGladery, proprietor of the hugely respected Kilco Ltd, has generously sponsored the 12.40 race. Lucinda Russell is aiming Present Flight at this long distance chase and he showed good attitude to win by 11 lengths at Kelso’s second meeting of the autumn back in October.

The final race on the card is a 2mile 2f handicap hurdle at 3.30pm. Alizee De Janeiro has won her last three races at the track for owner Deborah Thomson and Lucinda Russell said this mare is a “real Kelso specialist”.

Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd is hoping to run Captain Redbeard after his fine third at Haydock on Saturday. In what could be a hot little race, Nicky Richards is also keen to run Parc Des Princes who carries the colours of his daughter and assistant Joey.

Kelso racecourse has had an early Christmas present with the news that 2015 Grand National hero Many Clouds is expected to appear at the March 5 fixture.

Trained by Oliver Sherwood and owned by Trevor Hemmings, he is being targeted at the £30,000 Totepool Premier Chase (Listed) which is run over 2m 7f.

Many Clouds is currently around 16/1 favourite to win at Aintree again in April and Sherwood said: “I want to get two runs into him before Aintree so it looks like going to back to Cheltenham in January and then Kelso in March.”