Doubledisdoubledat cruises to easy victory

Stuart Coltherd rewards Tartan Snow for his 2nd place in this years Foxhunters Chase at Aintree
Stuart Coltherd rewards Tartan Snow for his 2nd place in this years Foxhunters Chase at Aintree

Doubledisdoubledat took Stuart Coltherd’s best seasonal score onto 17 as he made all in the Timeform Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at Kelso on Tuesday.

The gelding defied a 9lbs rise for his recent Carlisle win when leading from pillar to post at the Tweedside track.

He stayed on gamely to hold off the challenge of Mandarin Sunset from James Ewart’s Langholm yard by three-quarters of a length.

Coltherd said: “When we got him from Ireland they told me he was a relentless galloper on soft ground, so he did well today.

“That’s him for the season now and he is a quality horse to look forward to, and he will stay further.”

Winning jockey James Reveley went on to complete a double with another front-running victory – Mr Supreme justifying favouritism to head the Fiona Dalyrmple handicap chase, where two non-runners saw just four go to post.

There was a sting in the tail to his success when Reveley picked up a three-day ban after weighing in two pounds heavier.

The Midlem-based handler, who has also had two Flat winners and one between the flags this term, is way ahead of his previous-highest tally of eight which was set back in 2011-12.

A fortnight ago the Coltherd yard had an across-the-card double with Surprise Vendor winning at Pontefract with Jason Hart on board, and Doubledisdoubledat triumphing at Carlisle in the hands of Ryan Mania.

Back in February, old favourite Tartan Snow, himself having notched up 16 career wins, took the honours in the Hunters Chase before being deprived of a double Aintree Foxhunters when being beaten into second earlier this month.

“It’s been tremendous season and having a jockey like Daragh Bourke in the yard has been a great help,” added Coltherd.

“We also brought the horses back in a lot earlier and it’s all thanks to a good team effort all round.”