Hawick jockey Tom Hamilton completed a first-ever double before an appreciative local crowd at Sunday’s Jedforest point-to-point at Friars Haugh.
The 18-year-old Edinburgh University student started and finished the afternoon with a winner, beginning his victory trail with a family success.
Tom rode Silk and Roses, owned and trained by his mother, Wendy, to win the opening Storage Xpress and Border Berries Hunt members race, which produced an “all grey” field of four.
He was never headed on the 4-7 fav, cruising home eight lengths clear of nearest rival Rowan Road, trained near Bonchester Bridge by Di Walton for Jedburgh owner Alec Dawson and his daughter Katie Campbell.
“Tom just loves this horse,” said Wendy. “I thought he was getting a bit brave, but she loves being out in front.”
Three hours later, Tom was back in the winner’s enclosure when bringing home Kalastar to defeat Kenny Lynn’s Probably George by a length in the concluding Billy Stenhouse Memorial Open maiden race.
The five-year-old, who may be aimed at Kelso’s Buccleuch Cup, provided Galashiels trainer Katie Scott with her second success of the afternoon “He’s done nothing but improve since we got him,” said Katie, whose six-strong stable were all in action.
Katie had earlier saddled Raid Stane – leased to the locally-based Auld Mill Partnership – to win the Dodson and Horrell PPORA Club Members novice riders race .
The eight-year-old was making a victorious debut in the hands of 17-year-old jockey Phillip Dennis.
The Scott stable was deprived of a treble when 5-4 fav Moscow Menace was beaten by a length in a closely-contested Bonhams Mens Open race. Jamie Alexander and Noir Et Vert got the verdict in a thrilling finish, with 2009 Coral Cup victor Ninetieth Minute just a length back in third.
Ninetieth Minute’s owner and trainer gained consolation when half-an-hour later, Executive Benefit justified a 400-mile trip to clinch the Norvite restricted race by a head. The mare is owned by Richard Hewitt and trained at Kelsall by Joseph O’Shea, who holds her in high regard.
“We’ll probably go for the Heart of All England, which is made to measure for her,” he said.
Winning jockey Paddy Gerety was making a victorious course debut.
Southern raider Neil Mechie, formerly from Hawick, defended his 2013 title when retaining the Aga ladies open race with Ockey De Neulliac
“He lives in a barn in the middle of the field,” said Neil, who plans to run the gelding in the Walrus at Haydock next month.
The victory maintained Catherine Walton’s lead in the national ladies’ championship and strengthened her defence of the Northern Area equivalent.
Splendid Blue made a winning debut over fences to head the Brewin Dolphin/Jockey Cub mares maiden race for Morpeth owner Joanna Boswell.