Valuable card for Party in the Paddock

Racing will return to Kelso on Saturday with two new exciting races sponsored locally, making the seven race card a very valuable prize fund of £77,000 at the Party in the Paddock meeting.

The first race is off at 1.55pm with gates opening at 11.55am and features two new £25,000 added contests, the first of which is the Bentley Homes Handicap Hurdle.

This 3 mile 3 furlong Handicap Hurdle will bring out the cream of the staying hurdlers in the North of England.

George Charlton has booked Pardubice winning Czech jockey Jan Faltejsek for the ride on Knockara Beau who unseated Paddy Brennan early on in a chase at Cheltenham last Tuesday. Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson has entered his trailblazer Netminder in this and the featured handicap chase.

The other feature race is a Handicap Chase with a total prize fund of £25,000 sponsored very generously by Geoff Adam in memory of his charming wife, Liz. This 3 mile 2 furlong Handicap Chase is sure to attract a very competitive field.

John Wade’s Always Right gained his third course success in the Listed Premier Chase at Kelso’s last meeting and he is set to use this as a stepping-stone for another crack at the Scottish Grand National. David Pipe saddled the first winner of his career at Kelso and he is triple-handed with African Broadway, Alderluck and Junior.

The first race on the card is sponsored by Turf TV. Flat jockey George Duffield has pencilled in Ferndale, a filly owned and bred by Evelyn Duchess of Sutherland. Brian Ellison has his horses in good order and Travis County could go well after a decent second at Southwell last month.

Douglas Pryde sponsors the sixth race on the card off at 4.50pm. The Handicap Hurdle will feature Ueueteotl, bred by James Ewart’s brother William.

Lucinda Russell is represented by Imjoeking who has been first or second in all six career starts in point to point, bumper and hurdle company.