Ladies’ Day brings the curtain down on season at Kelso

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Ladies Day at Kelso is probably the most significant event in the social calendar of the Scottish Borders with the finest fashions on show. Gates open on Sunday at 12 o clock and the first race is at 2.05pm.

Instead of goodie bags given in previous years, every lady should have a treat and the racecourse have negotiaited an exclusive Slaley Hall spa break voucher at an amazing price for every lady racing.

John Smiths who have been such fantastic supporters of National Hunt racing, and in particular the Grand National at Aintree, have sponsored the feature race of the day, which is a 3m 2f Handicap Chase for the Patricia Crawford Memorial Trophy, which is Kelso’s most sought after Philip Blacker bronze trophy, which is awarded for one year.

Ian Davidson, the multiple account manager for the international Heinkeken Group who have the largest portfolio of drinks on a global basis of which John Smiths is the best selling Ale in the UK.

Ian will be joined on the podium by John Francome who is possibly the best jump jockey that Britain has ever seen until the emergence of Tony McCoy. Also on the podium will be Susan Crawford, thehugely respected equine artist who has recently painted Frankel and she will jointly present the Trophy donated by her mother.

Nice to see Philip Hobbs with an entry in this courtesy of his Somerset visitor Allthekingshorses, a winner in his home county at Wincanton the other day.

Pauline Robson had a welcomewinner at Perth last week and she sends Ray Green-owned Full Jack back over fences.