Local lads head the charge at Kelso Races

THE LAST SAMURI (Wilson Renwick)  wins at Kelso 21/3/15'Photograph by John Grossick
THE LAST SAMURI (Wilson Renwick) wins at Kelso 21/3/15'Photograph by John Grossick

LOCAL jockeys accounted for three of the afternoon’s seven races during another competitive afternoon’s racing at Kelso on Saturday.

Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick was the first of the Borders trio to score, riding The Last Samuri to victory in the £25,000 Liz Adam Memorial handicap chase, while Jonathon Bewley, gave Hunters Belt a well-judged ride to clinch the Jedforest Deer Park handicap hurdle race.

Jedburgh jockey Grant Cockburn was the third Borders jockey to make the winners’ enclosure when he landed the concluding Best Small Racecourse bumper aboard Big River.

Brian Hughes completed a victorious double at the meeting, riding Captain Brown to take the opening Abbey Tool and Guage handicap hurdle race, and following up with the well-fancied Oscar Rock in the £22,500 John Smith’s novices’ handicap chase.

The afternoon was tinged with sadness when Tiptoeaway collapsed and died after finishing first in the Ashleybank Investments Reg and Betty Tweedie handicap chase.

Full reports in Thursday’s Southern Reporter and Berwickshire News.

Racing returns to Kelso for Buccleuch Cup Day on Monday, April 13.

RESULTS

1.45 – CAPTAIN BROWN (B Hughes) 9-2; 2, Peters Grey 16-1; 3, Discoverie 10-1. 11 ran. J Moffatt, Cartmel.

2.15 – THE LAST SAMURI (W Renwick) 9-2 fav; 3, Harry the Viking 13-2; 3, Sharney Sike 17-2. 10 ran. D McCain, Cholmondeley.

2.50 – MILANSBAR (T Whelan) 10-1; 2, Racing Europe 3-1 fav; 3, Spookydooky 9-2. 10 ran. N King, Marlborough.

3.25 – OSCAR ROCK (B Hughes) 5-4 fav; 2, Final Assault 10-1; 3, Gallery Exhibition 11-2. Fuve ran. M Jefferson, Malton.

4.00 – TIPTOEAWAY (B Harding) 8-1; 2, Uno Valoroso 3-1 jt fav; 3, Chestnut Ben 25-1. Eight ran. T Easterby, Malton.

4.35 – HUNTERS BELT (J Bewley) 20-1; 2, Pixie Cut 20-1; 3, Doktor Glaz 100-30 fav. 14 ran. G Bewley, Hawick.

5.10 – BIG RIVER (G Cockburn) 6-1; 2, Gullys Edge 7-1; 3, Imada 4-6 fav. 11 ran. L Russell, Milnathort.