Rachael at the double at Kelso point-to-point

SUPERIOR COMMAND Ridden by Rachel McDonald and trained by Lucinda Russell wins the 4 5 6 7 year olds Open Maiden Race at Berwickshire Hunt Point-to-Point 29/3/14'Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723
SUPERIOR COMMAND Ridden by Rachel McDonald and trained by Lucinda Russell wins the 4 5 6 7 year olds Open Maiden Race at Berwickshire Hunt Point-to-Point 29/3/14'Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723

Selkirk jockey Rachael McDonald celebrated her first-ever double at an action-packed Berwickshire point-to-point on Saturday.

Mindrum rider Nick Orpwood also enjoyed a repeat dual success at Kelso’s Friars Haugh course.

The 22-year-old, who works for National Hunt trainer Lucinda Russell, followed a win for her employer with victory aboard Pena Dorada.

The seven-year-old recorded the fastest time of the afternoon to head the John Watson Seeds ladies’ open race .

Pena Dorada was previously trained under Rules by Lucinda Russell, who provided Rachael’s first winner of the afternoon – Superior Command. The impressive five-year-old – a £29,000 purchase at Doncaster Sales - posted a comfortable eight-length success in the Decoupage and Dining open maiden race for four to seven-years-olds.

Mindrum’s Nick Orpwood was promoted to assistant trainer at the Russell yard in January, and posted his second Friars Haugh double on the same two horses, securing a personal best of eight winners.

Nick rode Splendid Blue to a third course success after landing the Bonhams men’s open race for Morpeth owner Joanna Boswell who quipped, “I want all point-to-points to be run at Friars Haugh!”

Nick’s second success came in the concluding Brogan Fuels restricted race on The Brig at Ayr, trained by John Leadbetter for the Sheriffs Partnership - the Rev Fiona Sample and Hon Katie Crosbie Dawson being High Sheriffs of Northumberland.

Whiteabbey recaptured his 2013 title in a drama-packed opening CKD Galbraith Hunt members’ race where three of the four runners came to grief at the last.

Challenger Ashtonmore took a crashing fall at the final fence, leaving Hawick jockey Blair Campbell with a broken wrist.

Doreen Calder’s duo, Whisky Hill and Flying Master were also last-fence casualties, with jockey Will Ramsay fined £75 after re-mounting the latter to pass the post in second – only to be disqualified after a steward’s enquiry.

Bayfirth was also a lone finisher in the Meadowhead Ltd open maiden race for eight-year-olds and over, in the hands of in-form Hawick jockey Tom Hamilton.

Nineteen-year-old Tom Kindleyside made a worthwhile four-and-a-half hour journey from Oxfordshire to win on his first visit to Friars Haugh. He also picked up the Rubstic trophy for the best novice rider.