Under starter’s orders at Kelso

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Racing returns to Kelso on Tuesday, April 22 with the first race off at 1.45pm.

The feature race of the day is sponsored by Gavin Henderson under the name of the hugley respected forestry contracting business E.H Henderson Ltd. James Ewart is to enter three in this with Ueueteotl his likely representative at this stage. Recent Wetherby runner-up Parc Des Princes flies the flag for Nicky Richards’ Greystoke yard.

Timeform the well-known Halifax racing analysts and printers generously sponsor the second race a novice limited handicap. Timeform also generously sponsor the Timeform Morebattle Hurdle and have kindly agreed to add this race to their contract. James Ewart also has another entry for Mandarin Sunset but he feels this is the best option and that he is “really well at the moment and will love the ground after his mid-winter break.” Nicky Richards is looking at the race for Talkin Thomas, who has been third in both recent starts at Sedgefield and Catterick.

Kelso’s whisky franchisees Isle of Skye Whisky have generously sponsored the Handicap Hurdle, Peter Russell chairman of holding company Ian McLeod and Co will be on hand to make the presentations. Zaru unseated Dale Irving at the final fence at Newcastle last time but his Langholm trainer James Ewart said his previous form was solid and reliable.

Norman Orde of Lyntoun Private Hire has been a loyal supporter of Kelso and steps in to sponsor the opening Maiden Hurdle. Along with Wicked Spice, Nicky Richards may introduce a nice newcomer called Cultrum Abbey who carries the colours made famous by 2004 Scottish Grand National hero Grey Abbey. James Ewart is also keen on his ex-French recruit Aristo Du Plessis.

Robert Miller-Bakewell a Director of Kelso generously sponsors the Hunter chase under the name of Eildon Hill Stables. Joey Richards, daughter of trainer Nicky Richards, won with Scarlet Fire at her local point to point on Saturday and is considering this for his hunter chase debut. Present Potential landed the Buccleuch Cup recently and he could bid for a quick follow over course and distance for Nick and Kit Alexander.

Racing UK generously sponsor the £10,000 Handicap Chase. Nick Alexander is set to pencil in Isla Pearl Fisher who failed to fire in a valuable race over course and distance last month. Depending on what the handicapper does for his all-the-way Carlisle win, Stuart Coltherd is considering this for Doubledisdoubledat.