Principal attraction for Kelso Racecourse October meeting

Fourteen Borders Principals are all set to go under starters orders at Kelso on Sunday.
Fourteen Borders Principals are all set to go under starters orders at Kelso on Sunday.

The ever popular Borders Principals Race returns to Kelso Racecourse this Sunday.

Gates open at noon so spectators can enjoy not only cheering on their town representatives, at 1.15pm, but also two Pony Races at 12.30 and 12.35pm.

A field of 14 principals, including Berwick’s Chief Marshall Rachel Martin and Coldstreamer Jamie Nicolson, will battle it out over four furlongs to see who will take this year’s crown.

The presentations will be made by a special guest, Michael Curran, who is the stable lad of the Epson Derby and L’Arc winner Golden Horne and who discovered his love of horses and the racing industry from growing up in Galashiels and taking part in the Common Ridings.

The feature race of the day is the NSPCC School Service Handicap Steeple Chase, over 2m1f and is off at 4.25, sponsored by Ray and Anita Anderson Green. With a total prize fund of £22,500 this race is sure to attract a competitive field. Theflyingportrait, trained in Staffordshire by Jennie Candlish, has been in great form and the grey was very impressive over this course and distance at Kelso’s opening fixture of the autumn. Nicky Richards’ Simply Ned is on for a hat-trick as the Greystoke raider has landed this race for the past two years.

Robin and Sylvia Lees sponsor the 2m Newcastle Arms Coldstream Handicap Hurdle at 2.10pm. Claude Carter, trained at Hawick by Alistair Whillans, is penned in and is on great form having won twice this back end at Perth and Market Rasen.

The 2m Maiden Hurdle has attracted 17 entries and Middleham trainer Karl Burke has been winning Group 1 races on the Flat with his star sprinter Quiet Reflection and his entry Zainat has won on the level.

The Novices’ Handicap Steeplechase with a distance of 2m 7.5f is likely to feature Touch Of Steel, trained by Langholm’s James Ewart, a hurdle winner on this card last year, and is set to make his debut over fences in this race.

The fourth race on the card is an Intermediate Hurdle over 2m 5f, at 3.50, is sponsored by Racing to School to thank and remember Cathy Midgley. Scotland’s leading jumps trainer Lucinda Russell has pencilled in Catchthemoonlight.

The last race on the card (5pm) is a Novices’ Handicap Hurdle over 2m 2f sponsored by Radio Borders. Selkirk’s Stuart Coltherd is represented by Gunner Lindley who was was just pipped at Hexham recently.