National hero Ryan wins on home turf

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Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania concluded Kelso’s season with a win at his local track on Sunday, when glorious sunshine attracted a bumper crowd for Ladies Day.

The 23-year-old former Braw Lad rode Endeavor to a convincing nine-length victory in the KOSB novices’ handicap chase – his first success over fences.

Penrith trainer Dianne Sayer, who trains the gelding for East Lothian owner Margaret Coppola, describes her charge as “a delinquent”!

“He is a delinquent, but he really tried there. He liked the firm ground,” she explained.

Some Lad, who collected the best turned out prize for Hawick handler Alison Hamilton, ran a good race to take second in the colours of the trainer’s husband, Gavin.

Jason Maguire and Donald McCain completed a victorious double, landing the Jack Clark Swan Song novices’ hurdle race with Life and Soul, before adding the concluding division of the Mercedes Benz of Coldstream bumper with Mr Satco.

Life and Soul held Potomac, trained in Northumberland by Rose Dobbin and ridden by Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick, by three lengths.

“He likes that ground. The firmer the better for him,” said Wilson.

Irish point-to-point winner Mr Satco also made all to hold favourite Powderonthebonnet.

Sam Twiston-Davies who rode the runner-up, had earlier accounted for the John Smith’s handicap chase with Royale Knight – a first Kelso winner for Worcester trainer Dr Richard Newland.

Croco Bay won the opening Border Facilities novices handicap hurdle race, after favourite Abbey Garth slipped and didn’t contest the contest.

Multiple point-to-point victor Minstalad was never headed in his first win under Rules in the Reece, Ben, Jessica, and Charlotte Coppola handicap chase.

Snuker, from James Ewart’s Langholm stable, presented a gallant challenge to finish just a length behind in second.

Drom won the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards open hunter chase, four-and-a-half lengths from Buckstruther, owned by Hawick farmer Alastair Bell and wife Rachel, ridden by Jamie Hamilton.

“Drom needs this ground,” explained winning jockey Will Kitchman. “He´s run only twice on it for us and he’s won both times.”

Magic Present made all to take the opening division of the Mercedes Benz of Coldstream bumper for Malcolm Jefferson and Brian Hughes.

“He’s going to be a staying chaser, so winning a bumper was a bonus,” said owner Peter Nelson.

Racing was preceded by a 16-strong Borders Barmy Army Pantomine horse race, won by Don’t Push It, representing Chandler Sports.

Second was Arpal Magic from Selkirk-based R P Adam Ltd, and third Ballabrigs representing The Kilt Shop from Galashiels.

After racing, a well-supported Injured Jockeys Fund “House that Jack Built” fine fillies charity race was won by Catterick clerk of the course Fiona Needham riding Amtired.

They beat Joey Richards – daughter of Greystoke trainer Nicky - on That’ll Do Nicely, with Shelley Dwyer and Bajan Sunshine in third.