Hawick jockey Jamie Hamilton – fresh from his Aintree success - continued his victory trail at Kelso on Monday when riding Moscow Menace to clinch the feature Buccleuch Cup maiden hunter chase.
In a thrilling finish, Jamie showed the prowess which has earned him three wins in just five days, to get the verdict over Jim Pate’s Barachois Silver by a short head.
After partnering Stuart Coltherd’s Tartan Snow to his tremendous 100-1 Aintree Foxhunters triump last Thursday, Jamie added another win to his tally on Saturday to land the Morpeth point-to-point men’s open race with Buckstruther for Hawick farmer Alistair Bell and his wife, Rachel.
Monday’s win marked another Borders success for the talented young jockey – Moscow Menace trained at Galashiels by Katie Scott for Kelso owner Emma Dunkley.
Runners were led to the start by Aintree champion Tartan Snow, with Jedburgh jockey Gary Rutherford deputising for the injured Grand National hero Ryan Mania – reported to be recovering well after his crashing fall at Hexham the previous afternoon.
Jack the Gent celebrated a wide-margin victory in the afternoon’s most valuable contest – the Princess Royal Trust for Carers handicap chase – under Barry Keniry.
Surprise Vendor, a winner over hurdles at the corresponding fixture last year, finished runner-up for Selkirk handler Stuart Coltherd.
Alan Swinbank’s stable is in great heart, and Phoenix Returns continued the winning run after making all in the opening division of the Duncan Sinclair Memorial novices’ hurdle race.
It was a deserved success for the gelding, having finished in the frame three times in his last five outings, including runner-up on the fibresand at Southwell in a jumper’s bumper last time out.
Racing returns to Kelso later this month on Monday, April 29.