Hawick jockey Tom Hamilton followed up his four-timer at Fife last weekend by riding a double at the Lauderdale Point to Point at Mosshouses on Sunday.
His first win came aboard odds-on favourite, Cave Hunter, in the Baro Castlecoole Border Hunt Club Members race. Always at the head of affairs, the seven-year-old flew the last to win by eight lengths from Banoge.
He is trained by Tom’s mother, Wendy, for Moffat farmer, Neil Manning, and was winning for the fifth time this season.
Tom’s second victory was in the Whiterigg NPPA Club Members race, when he steered Cool Star to victory ahead of Monogram with Rennington Blue back in third. This was the 18-year-old’s 16th winner this season and puts him in a clear lead in the men’s title challenge.
The Bentley Homes Young Horse Maiden was won by 7-1 shot Have One For Me, ahead of the Clive Storey trained, The Gotfor Man, with Harriet Graham’s Macgillycuddy, back in third. The winner is owned and trained by Victor Thompson and must be tough as he was running for the 12th time this season.
Joey Richards, daughter of trainer Nicky Richards, produced Scarlet Fire with a well-timed run to take the Brewin Dolphin Ladies Open ahead of Keeverfield, who made the winner work hard for his fifth success this campaign.
Eleven went to post in the Renew Green Energy Restricted and resulted in a double on the day for the Victor Thompson/Toby Speke partnership when Two Stroke stayed on strongly to beat the favourite, Toreador. Winning for the second time this year, the eight-year-old was making amends for falling at Fife last weekend, when travelling strongly.
Buckstruther, owned by Hawick farmer, Alasdair Bell, was sent off favourite in the A Hume & Bladen Mens Open, but had to settle for second best when another prolific winner, Splendid Blue, partnered by Nick Orpwood, crossed the line in front. Although the official going was good to soft, the field at the bottom end of the course was soft, which would not be ideal for the favourite as he prefers the top of the ground.
The Dick Vet Equine Hospital Maiden race was one for the bookies as the winner, Urbane Bell, was sent off at 16-1. This was hardly surprising as the eight-year-old had only completed twice in her last six starts. Young Tom Dowson gave the mare a patient ride, producing her to win ahead of one of the longest-standing maidens in the Northern Area, Coole Murphy.
Musselburgh Racecourse sponsored two pony races which preceded racing and victory went to Charlie Todd on Little Annie and Emma Chaston aboard Scribblin.