Kelso action is back with a real bang

Racing returns to the Borders track this Saturday (November 5) with the gates opening at 10.35am and the first race off at 12.35pm for another very competitive day’s National Hunt racing followed by a Firework Display for racegoers at 5pm.

The feature race of the day, with a total prize fund of £12,000 is sponsored by the Mayfield Restaurant, the hugely popular “must go to” Hawick venue that continues to go from strength to strength.

Glen and Cath Lambert provide wonderful fare at The Mayfield and they are rewarded with a very competitive contest. Scotland’s leading jumps trainer, Lucinda Russell, will fancy her chances of winning this as she has Imjoeking and Kumbeshwar, who carries the colours of the Kelso Lowflyers! Langholm trainer James Ewart has been among the winners this autumn and he sends Un Guet Apens up the A7 for his first run since March.

Frank Flannigan, renowned for his two Berwick-based skip hire firms that cover the entire Borders, has generously sponsored the 2m5f Handicap Chase with a prize fund of £10,000.

As one of Berwick’s greatest entrepreneurs Frank is continually striving to improve the service he offers across the Borders. Dianne Sayer’s Baileys Concerto has been a real money-spinner for his Cumbrian trainer and has winning form at Kelso. Captain Redbeard has course and distance winning form in March and represents Selkirk father and son combination Stuart and Sam Coltherd.

Border Toyota come on board as a new sponsor at the Racecourse for the first time sponsoring the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle to promote their new vehicle, the Toyota C-HR.

Craig Anderson, head of business at the company, said: “This is a new marketing adventure for us but it’s a very good way to give a high profile to our new vehicle launch.”

Charlie Longsdon is in typically good form at this time of year and it could pay to look out for Uttoxeter third Bestwork. One of the longest travelled horses of the day is Knight’s Reward for Welsh trainer Tim Vaughan who was third way down at Newton Abbot last time.

The first race on the card is sponsored by The Harrow Family from Hawick who are well-known not only in the business world but also for their ongoing involvement with National Hunt racing.

George was a huge racing enthusiast and Shauna and her two daughters use this as a very fitting memorial to remember some of George’s great successes of the past. Malcolm Jefferson has his horses in great form and he has already booked Brian Hughes for hurdle debutant Tiger Mountain. Rose Dobbin won this last year with subsequent Grade 2 winner Jonniesofa and she has pencilled in Grey Storm.

One of Kelso’s most loyal supporters, David Logan from the Ship Inn, Dalkeith, returns to help the Racecourse with his generous sponsorship of the second race on the card, the Novices’ Handicap Chase over 2m1f. Linda Perratt doesn’t have many jumpers and she is represented by strapping grey Anitopia, a bumper winner at Kelso in 2011. Sandy Thomson did the borders proud with Seeyouatmidnight at Carlisle recently and the Greenlaw trainer has entered Hexham runner-up Chain Of Beacons.

Another very long standing supporter is Graeme Todd who brings a large party from Edinburgh. They have been supporting the Borders track for 20 years and always make the most of their visit. This valuable Handicap Hurdle, over 3m2f, will be a very open betting contest. Nick Alexander, who had a winner on this card last year, is also a great supporter of Kelso and is double-handed with Another Mattie and Landecker. Jedburgh-based Harriet Graham is represented by Maggie Blue, twice a course runner-up back in the spring.

John and Fiona Urwin and their family are one of Kelso’s most enthusiastic supporters and this Norham family have very generously sponsored the concluding Bumper on the card which had attracted a strong entry. Kelso racegoers will be familiar with Tokaramore, bred in Berwickshire by Ailie Tullie, as she won debut at our opening fixture of the backend in September. Nicky Richards could be tempted to run Illwalktheline, a filly by top jumps sire Presenting.

Racegoers are invited to stay and watch the Firework Display the Racecourse are putting on in association with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity who will be manning the Charity Tea Room and taking donations on the day. The display will be after the last race at 5pm and is kindly sponsored by Lycetts Financial Services. There is a DJ in the Marquee for racegoers until 10pm and the Juicy Meat Co. will be providing a Hog Roast for anyone staying on.

Next Race meeting is the Scottish Borders National & Family Day on Sunday 4th, December 4. Gates will open at 10.20am and the first race is due off at 12.20pm. It is set to be a great day out for all the family with lots of Festive fun and entertainment for all and don’t forget KIDS GO FREE!