It’s joy for Ailie in first Kelso date of season

DUNS owner Ailie Tullie saw her home-bred Tokaramore make a victorious debut at Kelso’s first fixture of the season last week.

Out of her good jumping mare, More Likely, the four-year-old, in a first-time hood, ran on gamely to land the concluding Thanking Mary Irving MS Borders Branch Newcomers NH Flat race.

Tokaramore is trained at Carrutherstown by Hawick-born Iain Jardine, who was credited by Ailie for much of the success.

“All credit to the team at Iain’s,” said Ailie, “and also thanks to Rachel Shiell, Ross Chapman, and Yorton Stud.”

Hawick jockey Blair Campbell rode Momkinzain to land the Bannerman Burke Taits Solicitors handicap hurdle race.

Milnathort-based Lucinda Russell trains the gelding for her father, Peter.

Theflying)portrait gave an impressive front-running performance to take the feature Jail Dornoch Supporting MS handicap chase, and score his fifth success for Staffordshire trainer Jennie Candlish.

Assistant trainer Alan O’Keeffe was delighted with the grey’s jumping. “He jumped so well and he got into a great rhythm,” he said.

Racing returns to Kelso on Sunday, October 2.