Kelso meet to have a festive spirit

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Racing returns to the Border track on Sunday, December 29 with a meeting that will have a real festive spirit about it.

Gates open at 10am and the first race is at 12noon.

The feature race of the day is The Children’s Immunology Trust Handicap Chase which has been very generously sponsored anonymously to highlight the amazing work this charity does.

Two of the greatest characters in Borders Racing – Col. Willie Monteith and his son Peter Monteith are remembered very fondly in the Monteith Memorial which is sponsored by their family jointly with Denis Coppola.

Sacre Toi was a third winner on this card last when successful in this race for James Ewart and the Langholm trainer expects to try and win it again, this time with Un Guet Apens who was third in a decent chase at Haydock on Saturday.

Another great Border character Jamie Innes who has run the Floors Castle Horse Trials for 22 years is having a party to thank all the people who have helped him on his committee over the time he has organised and built up this competition into the International Event that it now is.

One of Kelso’s greatest supporters Iain MacLeod Distillers Ltd from Broxburn have generously supported the final race under the name of their famous Blended Whisky – Isle of Skye.

Peter Russell, also famous as the father of Scotland’s leading trainer Lucinda Russell, will be on hand to make the presentation after the race.

Sleep In First landed five races over fences in the spring for James Ewart but he is a likely contender for connections in this handicap hurdle. Jimmy Moffatt may be double-handed with Maybe I Wont and Captain Brown.

Nick Alexander is entering Another Mattie while recent Wolverhampton all-weather winner Funky Munky is a possible for Alistair Whillans.

Peter and Gillian Allan have very generously agreed to sponsor the Handicap Hurdle Race.

The next meeting at Kelso is on Sunday 12th January 2014.