For the first time ever Kelso Racecourse stages a Twilight meeting on Wednesday 17th September with gates opening at 2pm and the first race at 4.05pm.
This is a new innovation and it is hoped that it will allow more people to attend than if it had been a standard afternoon fixture.
The Racecourse Executive have brought together two Borderers, both from Hawick, that are champions intheir own right. Keith Dalgleish from Hawick, who now trains from Carluke, and Richard Gilbert of Straightline Construction,.
Last year Keith broke the record for the number of winners recorded on the flat by a Scottish stable, and Richard, who is a big supporter, is sponsoring a race to recognise the feat.
Scotland’s leading jumps trainer Lucinda Russell is looking at saddling a few runners on the card including Kumbeshwar in the feature chase and newcomer Ballybill in the concluding bumper, which is being sponsored by a group of Border farmers to highlight the Referendum and the race is to be referred to as the ‘Last United Race, Yes/No Open Bumper.’
Lucinda said: “It fantastic news that Kelso are getting the showon the road a wee bit earlier than normal. I’m sure they will be doing a great at job with the watering and we always love bring horses down.”
Head groundsman, Brian Meikle reports the track is in great condition for the opening meeting. “We have the best covering of grass I can remember and the irrigator is in action and we are confident of providing ideal summer jumping ground,” he said.