HAWICK handler George Bewley and his jockey son Jonathon celebrated a family success at their local track when Hunters Belt followed up his recent Perth win with a victory at Kelso on Saturday.
With the visor back on, and dropped back to two miles, the eight-year-old gelding received a rousing reception from another bumper crowd after winning the Peter Doyle handicap hurdle race.
There was a dramatic conclusion to the opening Download The Free Racing UK iphone App National Hunt maiden hurdle race, with three in close contention at the second last.
Former bumper victor Rocking Blues looked to have every chance when he came to grief shortly after the fence, while Our Joey was also going well when falling.
Their exit left Deise Dynamo well clear for a 28-length success – providing Donald McCain and Henry Brooke with the first leg of a double.
The Cheshire trainer also landed the feature EDF-ER Fallago Rig handicap chase with top-weight Across the Bay – making a victorious debut over fences for the yard.
The winner stayed on strongly to take the spoils, and the Welsh National is a likely target.
Irish point-to-point recruit Streams of Whiskey, having a first start for trainer Nicky Richards, hung on gamely to take the Happy Birthday Gillian novices’ hurdle race.
The testing conditions were taking their toll on the five-year-old, but Brian Harding kept him to his task, to hold runner-up Milano Magic.
“I thought he would run a nice race and he´d act on the ground, and he´ll probably come on for it a bit,” said Greystoke trainer Nicky Richards.
Welsh raider Our Island justified favouritism of 6-4 to take the Clifford & Martin Firth Memorial Novices chase.
“He was idling towards the finish,” explained winning jockey Richie Killoran, “but if something hand challenged him late, he’d have found more.”
The low sun saw the final two fences omitted in the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky beginners’ chase, leaving a lengthy run-in. Ros Castle took the spoils in convincing fashion for Alnwick trainer Rose Dobbin and Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick.
The victory provided the South Hazelrigg stable with some consolation for Rocking Blue’s untimely exit in the opener. The winner carries the colours of the trainer’s parents, Duncan and Rose Davidson.
Another good afternoon’s racing concluded with a competitive Edinburgh City FC conditional jockeys training series handicap hurdle race, where 14 went to post.
There was an exciting tussle to the line between Some Lad and Caught in the Act, with Nick Alexander’s runner getting up to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths over Alison Hamilton’s promising seven-year-old.
2.05 – DEISE DYNAMO (H Brooke) 5-1; 2, Castlelawn 6-1; 3, One for Hocky 3-1. Eight ran. D McCain, Cholmondeley.
2.40 – OUR ISLAND (R Killoran) 6-4 fav; 2, Micro Mission 11-2; 3, On Broadway 9-2. Six ran. T Vaughan, Aberthin.
3.15 – ACROSS THE BAY (H Brooke) 4-1; 2, Bescot Springs 9-1; 3, Lord Villez 16-1. Nine ran. D McCain.
3.50 – HUNTERS BELT (J Bewley) 9-2; 2, Stanley Bridge 9-2; 3, Rupert Bear 9-2. Nine ran.G Bewley, Hawick.
4.30 – STREAMS OF WHISKEY (B Harding) 8-1; 2, Milano Magic 3-1; 3, Ryton Runner 2-1fav. Seven ran. N Richards, Penrith.
5.05 – ROS CASTLE (W Renwick) 9-4; 2, Angel Sun 7-1; 3, Overafrica 100-30. Five ran. R Dobbin, Alnwick.
5.40 – CAUGHT IN THE ACT (J Colliver) 4 -1jt fav; 2, Some Lad 7-1; 3, Livvy Inn 16-1. 14 ran. N Alexander, Fife.