Penultimate meeting of season at Kelso

Kelso Races.
Kelso Races.

Horse racing returns to Kelso on Wednesday (May 4) for a fully sponsored and very competitive card.

Feature race of the day is the Canada Life Handicap Chase with a total prize fund of £12,500 run over 2m 1f.

The opening race of the card is sponsored by a party from the Tweedbank Office headed up by Mark Hood. Winter Alchemy, who won this in 2014 and was runner-up last year, is expected to run again for his Greystoke trainer Nicky Richards. Iain Jardine’s Heart O Annandale is also being targeted at the race.

Hunter Real Estate Investment Managers sponsor the Novice Handicap Hurdle. Local interest in this comes in the shape of Glacial Rock trained at Hawick by Alistair Whillans and a horse already with recent form at Kelso. Nicky Richards is aiming Baysbrown at this in the colours of Langdale Bloodstock.

Bedmax back the other feature event on the card a 3m 2f Handicap Chase. This was won last year by Sam Twiston-Davies on Winged Crusader and Harriet Graham has it in mind for her dual Border National runner-up Scotswell. Alistair Whillans also plans to engage Jonny Eager who was never been out of the first three in four starts last season while Rose Dobbin’s Attention Please is another possible.

Principal & Prosper sp[onsor the next race. Carinena is set to reappear in this after the Nicky Richards-trained mare finished a game third at last week’s Perth festival. Rose Dobbin is looking running Mister Don who raced over fences when last seen out in February.

The Hunter Chase is supported by Gordon Wilson of Glendale Engineering and Ferguson Planning sponsor the final race, an Open National Hunt Flat Race. Glingerside is likely to be a fascinating entry for Nicky Richards.

The season concludes on Sunday, May 29 with the incredibly popular Kelso Races Ladies Day.