SACRE Toi produced an impressive display at Kelso on Saturday, with an emphatic victory in the Rutherford handicap chase for Langholm trainer James Ewart and local jockey Dale Irving.
The seven-year-old is in tremendous form, recording his fourth success this season, and scoring for the second time at the Borders track.
The 5-4 fav cruised home 19 lengths clear of Endeavor, to lift the coveted Hamilton memorial trophy.
On an afternoon when Borders jockeys accounted for five of the meeting’s seven races, Hawick-born Wilson Renwick landed the feature totepool Mobile text Tote to 89660 Premier chase.
He rode Always Right to take the spoils by a head in a thrilling finish with long-time leader Garleton.
Jedburgh jockey Gary Rutherford made every yard of the running on Grey Area to win the Kingdom Taverns handicap hurdle race for former Northern Area men’s point-to-point champion Tristan Davidson.
Tartan Snow stayed on strongly under a well-judged ride by Hawick jockey Jamie Hamilton to head the concluding CGA Foxhunter Trial hunter chase.
Trained at Selkirk by Stuart Coltherd, the 13-year-old resolutely stuck to his task, to get the better of Supreme Builder.
The opening Terry Frame Joiners novices’ hurdle race also produced an exciting finish, with victory going to Supreme Asset, who took advantage of a last flight mistake by the Oliver Sherwood-trained favourite Ubaldo Des Menhies.
Racing returns to Kelso on Saturday, March 23.