The Border Principals Race day at Kelso is on Sunday, October 5 with their race off at 1.15pm.
This is the culmination of a very busy season for the Principals selected to represent their towns in their local and adjoining ride-outs. This wonderful and unique tradition is strongly maintained and this is the 10th year of running the race to culminate the season. Fourteen Principals go to post.
The feature race at 4.25 is the NSPCC School Service Handicap Chase run over 2m 1f with a prize fund of £22,500. This is new race for the Kelso calendar and is designed as a Paddy Power prep race for the first big Chase of the season at Cheltenham in November.
Generously sponsored by Ray and Anita Green from Stevenson near Haddington who have been such good and loyal supporters of Kelso over the years and indeed to the whole of Scottish Racing.
This promises to be a cracker with plenty of in-form horses including Robin’s Command who has been a real money-spinner at Perth for Rose Dobbin. Baileys Concerto bids to win his fourth race on the bounce while Kumbeshwar is set for his first run since joining Lucinda Russell from Alan King.
The first race off at 2pm is sponsored by Robin Lees under his Newcastle Arms Hotel in Coldstream banner.
Endeavor, a winner at Kelso’s opening card of the autumn recently, is one of three entries in this for Penrith trainer Dianne Sayer. Recent Perth winner Amilliontimes represents Britain’s most northerly handler Jackie Stephens, who is based at Inverurie.
The second race is sponsored by Douglas Pryde, the proprietor of D G Pryde Ltd who are now established at their new base at Whitehall, Chirnside. Douglas’s whole season will be geared towards trying to repeat the wonderful win of Auroras Encore in the 2013 Aintree National.
Donald McCain has three entries including hurdling newcomer Starchitect, formerly trained on the Flat in Ireland and sired by 2009 Derby winner Sea The Stars. John Quinn’s Mr Gallivanter has already won on his hurdles debut at Stratford in August.
George Dove, from Hampshire who is a great friend of the famous John Wade, from Durham has visited all 59 racecourses and in his words has left the “best to last” and sponsors the Novice Handicap Chase to celebrate visiting his 60th racecourse.
St Gregory has been given a break by Nicky Richards since pulling up at Perth in July but had winning form prior to that at Cartmel and Hexham. Big Sound, trained by Mark Walford, has also winning form during the summer at Uttoxeter.
David Meek in his 5th year of sponsorship under the auspice of his renowned Fleet Inn in Eyemouth and is bringing a huge team of clients and friends to the meeting to support his sponsorship. This year is to be run as a very fitting Memorial to Robin Aitchison the celebrated Eyemouth character.
Peter Hope from Berwick has generously sponsored the Handicap Chase to celebrate his son Kieran’s 18th Birthday and a real family party is planned for the afternoon. Solway Dornal is fresh off winning twice recently at Perth for Cumbria trainer Lisa Harrison. Kelso specialistSuper Ally, whose four career wins have all come here, will be running for the first time for Rose Dobbin due to the retiral of his former trainer Andrew Parker.
Radio Borders once again very generously sponsor the final race on the card and will be broadcasting live from the course during the afternoon. Head of Station, Lynsey Graham will be on hand to present the quaich to the winning connections.
Irish trainer Stuart Crawford is represented by Alkali and Velocity Of Light while Raifteiri was the first winner in the training career of William Young junior when he scored at Cartmel in the summer.