Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania concluded Kelso’s season with a popular success at his local track on Sunday.
Glorious sunshine attracted a bumper crowd for Ladies Day and the 23-year-old former Braw Lad rewarded his home crowd by riding Endeavor to a convincing nine-length victory in the KOSB novices’ handicap chase.
Penrith trainer Dianne Sayer, who trains the gelding for East Lothian owner Margaret Coppola, told TheSouthern: “He is a delinquent, but he really tried there. He liked the firm ground.”
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 made all to hold 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 Renwick.
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 feature John Smith’s handicap chase with Royale Knight – a first Kelso victor for Worcester trainer Dr Richard Newland.
Croco Bay won the opening Border Facilities novices handicap hurdle race, where favourite Abbey Garth slipped on the bend and never got back into the contest.
Multiple point-to-point victor Minstalad was never headed to record 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 landed the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards open hunter chase, coming home four-and-a-half lengths clear of Buckstruther, owned by Hawick farmer Alastair Bell and his wife Rachel, and ridden by Aintree winning jockey Jamie Hamilton.
Magic Present made all to take the opening division of the Mercedes Benz of Coldstream bumper for Malcolm Jefferson and Brian Hughes.
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.