Racing comes galloping back to the Kelso track this Monday (April 10) for the ever-popular Buccleuch Cup and Family Day.
Gates opening at 12.10pm and the first race is away off at 2.10pm.
To celebrate the Easter Holidays, Kelso Races are putting on a Family Zone in the Pavilion Marquee with face painting, craft table, soft play area and the Rabbits Riddle Easter Egg
There will also be the chance to have a go at being a jockey on the mechanical horse and learn all about the industry with the Scottish Racing Educational Boards.
The Borders Carers Centre, previously known as the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, is headed up by Mark Gilbert, who has organised a hugely popular charity lunch. Mark works tirelessly for the charity which benefits so many carers who allow a lot of people to remain comfortably in their homes, rather than having to be relocated.
The Centre sponsors the 2m 5½f Handicap Chase with a prize fund of £7000. Twelve months ago, this went to George Bewley’s What’s Up Woody, and Alison Hamilton could be tempted to enter The Last Leg, who has been placed at Kelso before.
Another possible is Lucinda Russell-trained Spoils Of War, fourth over fences at Kelso last month.
Brewin Dolphin has generously sponsored the Buccleuch Cup in support of the Borders Carers Trust. Brewin Dolphin is renowned as the UK’s leading wealth manager and offers a bespoke service to all clients.
Quite a few horses being pencilled in for this prestigious hunter chase include recent Overton Members winner Havana Jack, part of a first-ever double for Ryan Nichol. Gillon Crow will also looking forward to Fight Away Boys, seventh in last year’s race, owned by Kelso racecourse announcer Ronald Barber.
Two other possibles are Lucinda Russell’s Hey Listen, a winner at Friars Haugh on Sunday, and Drew Holmes-trained Five Piers.
Another very strong Edinburgh investment house, in the form of Hunter Real Estate Investment Managers, sponsors the third race on the card, a 3m 2f Handicap Chase, and this go-ahead firm, with offices in Edinburgh, Prague and Warsaw, is headed up by Mark Hunter, who has recently joined the board of directors at Kelso Racecourse.
Rose Dobbin is contemplating this for Purcell’s Bridge, a 10-year-old who landed a Haydock veterans chase last month for promising jockey Lorcan Murtagh. Jedburgh handler Ray Shiels may look at this for Tikkandemickey, who was fifth in the same race last year behind Nakadam.
A new sponsor to Kelso is Global Hygiene Services, which has developed an amazing hygienic paint, called Stable Shield, which dramatically reduces the risk of disease and infection in all stable premises.
This Warwickshire-based company will be represented by David Jeffreys, who originates from Kimmerston in Northumberland and will be on hand to demonstrate this new product.
Jimmy Moffatt was on the mark at Kelso on Monday with Morning Royalty and the Cartmel trainer, who is saddling Highland Lodge in tomorrow’s (Saturday) Grand National, expects to be bringing along both Mondlicht and Smart Ruler.
James Ewart is pencilling The Wise One, who gave Lucy Alexander a comeback winner at Musselburgh recently.
John Manners, the award-winning farming and haulage business from Battlebridge, Alnwick, generously sponsors the 2m1f Handicap Chase in honour of that great horse, Le Garcon D’Or.
John and his two sons won the Farmers Weekly award last year for diversification for their initiative in establishing a huge source of combine spare parts, and this great racing family is sponsoring for the seventh year.
Civil Unrest is aimed at this by James Ewart, following his all-the-way strike at Musselburgh last month. Chris Grant’s Dubai Celebrity, owned by John Wade, is another to look out for after his promising handicap debut.
Another great supporter of the Borders track, Douglas Pryde, the hugely-respected financial advisor from Chirnside, has very generously supported the 2m 2f Duncan and Margaret Sinclair Memorial Novices’ Hurdle, and entertains their family to remember two of his greatest friends and associates.
Ken McGarrity now has horses over jumps as well as on the level and the Edinburgh owner is considering this as a hurdling introduction for his Flat-winning mare, Jammy Moment. Uluroo was entered last week and he is again set to feature, as Ray Green is keen to give his ex-French recruit a hurdles debut.
Kelso Racecourse benefits hugely from the loyalty of its sponsors, and none fit that bracket more so than John Anderson and Norman Orde.
John is renowned as the highest quality butcher and Norman for his unique and bespoke taxi and hire service. They combine to sponsor the concluding race on the card, the 2m 2f Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, which has attracted a competitive field.
Lough Kent won at Newcastle in January and will be given his first Kelso entry by Jimmy Moffatt. Kenneth Slack has done well in his short career as a trainer and Bell Weir has good-placed form at Sedgefield and Catterick.
The next meeting at Kelso will be The First May Day on Wednesday, May 10. Gates will open at 12.10pm and the first race is due off at 2.10pm.
Tickets can be booked on line now at www.kelso-races.co.uk.