Greenlaw trainer saddles local winner at Kelso

Seldom Inn wins the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle Race (Div II) at Kelso for Duns owner Billy Walker and Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson
Seldom Inn wins the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky 'National Hunt' Maiden Hurdle Race (Div II) at Kelso for Duns owner Billy Walker and Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson

Some Lad received a rousing cheer from a bumper Kelso crowd on Saturday, after clinching victory for his Hawick connections in the most nail biting finish of the afternoon.

The 8-1 chance held the challenge of favourite Wakhan by a nose in a thrilling finish to the Sir Maxwell Harper Gow memorial novice handicap chase.

Trained near Denholm by Alison Hamilton for her husband Gavin, the gelding was given a great ride by their nephew Tom.

Another local trainer in winning form was Greenlaw-based Sandy Thomson, who saddled Seldom Inn to victory in the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky NH maiden hurdle race.

Bill Walker’s home-bred six-year-old cruised home eight lengths clear to land a comfortable 5-1 success.

“I think he’s best when he ́is fresh,” said Sandy, “so we won‘t overdo him this season.

“He used to be quite frantic at home, but he ́is always been a decent horse,” he added.

Jockey James Reveley completed a victorious double, including the feature EDF-ER Barmoorhandicap chase (for the Marshall trophy), aboard Carlito Brigante.

“He is a smashing horse and James rides him so well,” said Newcastle trainer Karen McLintock.

“That will be it for him now, we have to look after him and we’ll bring him out again in the spring,” she added.

Reveley had earlier taken the opening division of the maiden hurdle race on favourite Spiculas, trained by his father, Keith.

Karen McLintock also enjoyed a winning double, when half-an-hour after her first success, she saddled Mason Hindmarsh to win the Carnacrack handicap hurdle race.

“He was put up 7lb for finishing second here last time and I didn ́t think he could win off that mark,” she admitted.

Jason Maguire rode the Donald McCain-trained I Need Gold to an easy 14-length success in the Clifford & Martin Firth memorial novices’ chase

“He jumped well, and I’m pleased with that,” said the winning jockey.

Scotland’s most northerly trainer, Jackie Stephen, made a worthwhile journey from her Inverurie base to see Mo Rouge head the R P Adam Ltd novice hurdle race.

She plans to send her charge chasing in the spring.

“He has small feet and doesn’t go in the soft,” she explained.

The concluding James and Suzanne Gray Celebration conditional jockeys training series handicap hurdle race produced the longest priced winner of the afternoon, when Phil Dennis recorded his first Kelso success on 16-1 chance Another Dimension.

The winner, posting his first victory since 2011, was a credit to Alnwick trainer Rose Dobbin.

Racing was preceded by the popular Borders Barmy Army pantomime horse race, in aid of local Macmillan Cancer Support and the Fire Fighters Charity.

The 13-strong contest was won by Hawick-based Richardson and Son Printers’ Papillon – with Mark Young and Stuart Campbell proving their speed and co-ordination.

Second was Arpal Magic from Selkirk-based race sponsor R P Adam Ltd, with Kandula, representing Borders Property for Let in third.