The new August meeting organised by Selkirk Flapping Association (SFA) was hailed a rousing success – and will now be a permanent fixture on the local racing calender.
On Saturday, a light summer breeze had swept away the atrocious weather conditions of the previous day, gazebos were erected, deck chairs unfolded and picnics were devoured as the local community turned out to support the new meeting in their droves.
SFA convener Craig Stanners was overwhelmed and told The Wee Paper: “The new meeting exceeded everyone’s expectations and I am indebted to the race committee who have worked so hard to make this happen.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to give something back to the community who have supported us at the Common Riding over the years, and I’m delighted to say that because of this year’s success it will definitely go ahead again next year.
“We tried to have something for everyone and, going by the positive feedback, we achieved that goal.”
On the course itself quality was in abundance as some of the best local Flapping horses and jockeys vied for supremacy in four races.
Highlight of the day was the showdown between Hawick Tradesman’s victor Big Mac, ridden by Sean Huggan, and Langholm Mile winner Full of Magic, under Greg Fairley. In the end it was the former who finally got his day in the sun at Selkirk, having come second in the Golden Mile back in June, winning by about two lengths for owners Waverley Bar Syndicate.
Mr Stanners added: “I would like to acknowledge all the supporting services who gave up their time to help.
“The Ex-Lauder Cornets who once again have been fantastic gatekeepers, Foulshiels Farming for the use of their land, The Red Cross, the stall holders and Jim Henderson for keeping us refreshed in the beer tent.”
Race goers were further entertained as George Inglis and his Rocking Horse band struck up at the end of the racing.
Three Brethren Handicap (seven furlongs): 1, Jupiter (owner, The Deedlywegs) jockey, Greg Fairley; 2, Isobar (Terrence Froud) Sean Huggan; 3, Movie Star (Alice Robb) Ian Crozier. Ettrick Forest Handicap (mile-and-a-half): 1, That’s Right (Donna Hall) Titch Boyd; 2, Rain Dance Annie (David Telford) Greg Fairley; 3, Wee Al (Alastair Clarke) Alastair Clarke.
Chip Millar Pony Race: 1, Robbie Ashe on Shortcut; 2, Sarah McGee on Storm.
Selkirk Flapping Association Mile: 1, Big Mac (Waverly Racing) Sean Huggan; 2, Full of Magic (Ian McKean) Greg Fairley; 3, The Gambler (George Campbell) Titch Boyd.
South Common Stakes Handicap: 1, Kalahari Desert (Colin Barnfather) Greg Fairley; 2, Eye Candy (Moose Nichol) Sean Huggan; 3, Just A Joker (Neil Henderson) Jack Jones.