LANGHOLM trainer James Ewart celebrated a winning double at Kelso’s evening meeting on Saturday, with jockey Richie McGrath going on to complete a victorious treble, writes Hilary Mactaggart.
McGrath had already brought home the Tim Easterby-trained Monsieur Jourdain to land the opening Border Facilities novices’ handicap chase, and half-an-hour later was back in the winner’s enclosure when riding Nelson’s Chief to head the NSPCC School service maiden hurdle race for the Ewart stable.
The 12-1 chance led from pillar to post and held the challenge of Inoogoo from George Bewley’s Hawick yard by a length to take the spoils.
The Ewart double was completed in the final race of a well-supported fixture, when Capital Venture got up by a neck to win the Radio Borders Cash for Kids bumper.
The five-year-old carries the colours of Ray Calder from Duns and her sister Jan Scott from Jedburgh.
The gelding took them along in the early stages and rallied up the run-in to claim success.
Simply Ned finished second, with Thirty Days Out taking third for Hawick handler Donald Whillans and his conditional jockey son, Callum.
The McGrath treble had been completed half-an-hour earlier when the jockey brought home dual course victor Stopped Out, trained by his mother-in-law Kate Walton, to win the Pharmistice at 20 handicap hurdle race.
The 5-1 chance finished ahead of another Ewart contender to give a good account, Premier Grand Cru.
Malton trainer Tim Easterby also enjoyed multiple success at the Borders track, when Zitenka gave him a double when winning the totepool handicap chase.
Apart from a mistake at the final ditch, the gelding jumped well, disputing the lead throughout.
Clovenfords jockey Ryan Mania rode More Equity to take second, with Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick taking third on the Rose Dobbin-trained Guns and Butter.
The Arfurminute Bulldog handicap hurdle race produced an exciting finish, with Rolecarr getting the better of Bow School, trained at Hawick by Alison Hamiton for her auctioneer husband Gavin, in the closing stages.
Rolecarr was enjoying a second course success in a month.
5.40 – MONSIEUR JOURDAIN (R McGrath) 11-4; 2, Frankie Anson 11-8 fav; 3, Pilgrims Lane 5-2. Four ran. T Easterby, Malton.
6.15 – NELSON’S CHIEF (R McGrath) 12-1; 2, Inoogoo 11-4; 3, Fortuni 5-6 fav. 12 ran. J Ewart, Langholm.
6.45 – ROLECARR (P Gallagher) 100-30 fav; 2, Bow School 12-1; 3, Sheriff Hall 7-2. 11 ran. A Hamilton, Newcastle.
7.15 – ZITENKA (J Halliday) 5-2 fav; 2, More Equiry 11-4; 3, Guns and Butter 11-1. Five ran. T Easterby, Malton.
7.45 – STOPPED OUT (R McGrath) 5-1; 2, Premier Grand Cru 20-1; 3, Sendali 9-2 jt fav. 10 ran. K Walton, Middleham.
8.15 – CAPITAL VENUTURE (N Moscrop) 17-2; 2, Simply Ned 8-1; 3, Thirty Days Out 11-4 fav. 14 ran. J Ewart, Langholm.