Giant French energy company sponsor Kelso’s feature race

Maggio winning at Kelso
Maggio winning at Kelso

RACING returns to the Borders track for its second meeting of the season on Saturday with the feature race being covered by Channel 4 alongside racing at Cheltenham and Catterick.

The £15,000 EDF/ER Fallago Rig Handicap Chase run over three miles and two furlongs will be the highlight of a seven race card where gates open at 12.05pm and the first race is scheduled for 2.05pm.

The giant French energy company EDF/Energy Renewables are sponsoring for the second year running and Don Mackay their Head of Onshore Construction will be on hand to do the honours after what is sure to be a competitive race.

David Pipe’s travelling staff were full of praise about their visit to Kelso a fortnight ago and are heading north again from Somerset with a team including Alderluck, who has been out of action since coming fifth in the Devon National at Exeter in March.

Another interesting contender is four-time course winner Super Ally, trained by Andrew Parker for East Lothian owner Ray Green.

The first race on the card is kindly sponsored by Racing UK. Racing UK broadcast all the live coverage from the Borders track and have been well supported in the opening “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle.

James Ewart, who has recently installed a Tapeta gallop at his Langholm yard could have his first runner of the autumn campaign in the shape of highly-regarded home-bred bumper winner Ueueteotl.

Nicky Richards has entered unbeaten pair Eduard and One For Hocky along with Duke Of Navan.

The main supporting contest on Saturday’s card is the Clifford and Martin Firth Memorial Novice Chase.

Run over two miles six and a half furlongs the race is sponsored by the Firth family from Morecambe, Lancashire who run the haulage business and garage repairs service, Urgewain Motors.

Rodger and his family will make the presentations after what promises to be a very competitive race run for the very much sought after Marshall Trophy.

Donald McCain fields two interesting contenders in winning hurdler and point to pointer Sydney Paget and Kruzhlinin, who won twice over hurdles at Perth last spring.

Sue Smith’s Fill The Power has and entry and has already landed a beginners’ chase at Sedgefield back in May.

The Doyle family are also hugely supportive of the Border track, James and Fiona Doyle in particular, really enjoy a days racing at Kelso and have generously sponsored a race in memory of James’s father.

The Peter Doyle Handicap Hurdle has attracted a good entry, Hunters Belt formed part of a Perth double last month for Hawick trainer George Bewley. Jimmy Walton’s Spring Hexham scorer Rupert Bear has an entry in this and the penultimate beginners’ chase.

The 4.30pm Novices Hurdle run over two miles six and half furlongs has seen Rose Dobbin enter quite a few horses, including Irish point to point runner-up Markem, who is by top jumps sire Beneficial.

Hawick’s Iain ‘Scobie’ Jardine introduces another ex-Irish pointer in Five Bucks, who was sent off favourite in his last outing between the flags.

Isle of Skye are hugely supportive of Scottish Racing supplying all spirits through their firm Ian Macleod to all five Scottish courses.

Isle of Skye also sponsor the leading owner, trainer and jockey awards at Kelso throughout the season.

The chairman of the company, Peter Russell, will be on hand to do the honours with his wife Edith and they will be very much hoping that daughter Lucinda can take home the winning prize money.

Former top jockey turned trainer Chris Grant has pencilled in two entries. William Money and Molaise Lad both carry the black and white stripe colours of David Armstrong.

Scotland’s leading jumps trainer Lucinda Russell also has two entries in Legbeforewicket and Porridge, who was fourth on his chasing debut at Perth last month.

Edinburgh City Football Club, who have been sponsoring at the course for 18 years are once again returning for their annual outing and have kindly supported the Conditional Jockeys training series Handicap Hurdle, which is part of the Racing Excellence Initiative.

The Edinburgh club is headed by Donald Scott who will be making the winning presentations in a competitive event which sees Penrith trainer Dianne Sayer, who was successful with Cool Baranca at Musselburgh on Monday, double-handed with Solis and Worth A King’s while her mother Evelyn Slack is represented by Scriptwriter.