Racing: Swift Arrow triumphs at Kelso

Swift Arrow, ridden by Jason Maguire, en route to victory at Kelso.
Swift Arrow, ridden by Jason Maguire, en route to victory at Kelso.

Swift Arrow proved on target to take Kelso’s major prize on Saturday for Selkirk owner April Strang Steel.

The seven-year-old’s success in the feature £15,000 Mayfield Restaurant handicap chase completed a 125-1 treble for trainer Donald McCain and jockey Jason Maguire.

McCain also saddled a double for St Boswells owners Paul and Claire Rooney.

He sent off Irish point-to-point victor The Last Samuri to a convincing victory in the opening Jane Medd novices’ hurdle race.

Kruzhlinin also carried the Rooney colours to victory when landing the Flannigan Skip Hire handicap chase.

On a good afternoon for local connections, Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd received a rousing cheer after the success of Talkin Sence in the Graeme Todd Haulage and Friends handicap hurdle race, where the seven-strong field went a good gallop.

Bishops Heir, returning from a 20-month absence finished runner-up for Langholm handler James Ewart, who went one better in the David McLean Memorial novices’ handicap hurdle race with Civil Unrest, victorious at Musselburgh just two days earlier. Lucinda Russell recorded her first five-timer the previous day and her Milnathort stable is in great form.

Clondaw Knight – a £140,000 purchase – added to the season’s tally with a victorious chasing debut in the Ship Inn, Dalkeith, novices handicap chase, to the delight of his handler who describes him as her favourite horse.

Jim Tango was handily placed and headed the concluding George Harrow Memorial chase for Newcastle trainer Karen McLintock.

RESULTS

12.30 – The Last Samuri (J Maguire) 5-2; 2, Mysteree 7-2; 3, Kilfegin Star 7-2. 14 ran. D McCain, Cheshire.

1.05 – Clondaw Knight (P Buchanan) 2-1 Fav; 3, Surprise Vendor 12-1; 3, Swing Hard 14-1. 11 ran.L Russell, Milnathort.

1.40 – Talkin Sence (D Bourke) 15-8 Fav; 2, Bishops Heir 13-2; 3, Karinga Dandy 85-40. Six ran. S Coltherd, Selkirk.

2.15 – Kruzhlinin (J Maguire) 5-1; 2, Maggio 9-2; 3, Aneyeforaneye. Seven ran. D McCain.

2.50 – Swift Arrow (J Maguire) 5-1; 2, Jet Master 7-1; 3, Upsilon Bleu 5-2.Six ran. D McCain.

3.25 – Civil Unrest (D Irving) 5-6 Fav; 2, Trust Thomas 18-1; 3, Rhymers Stone 11-1. 10 ran. J Ewart, Langholm.

4.00 – Jim Tango (T Siddall) 6-1; 2, Ben Akram 6-1; 3, Bob’s Dream 14-1. K McLintock.