Hawick jockey Tom Hamilton celebrated a victorious double at an action-packed Duke of Buccleuch’s Hunt point-to-point on Saturday.
In an afternoon of thrilling finishes at Kelso’s Friars Haugh course, the teenager partnered Kalastar and The Gotfor Man to success, before a quick dash to ride in the concluding hurdle race at Newcastle.
Kalastar produced an impressive performance to head the Connolly Red Mills Precision Nutrition intermediate race for Galashiels handler Sylvia Scott.
The six-year-old was recording a second course success, and will now be aimed at next month’s Buccleuch Cup at Kelso.
“He’s a really special horse,” enthused Sylvia’s daughter, Katie.
Tom was also seen to good effect on The Gotfor Man when securing a short head victory in the Turcan Connell NPPA Club members’ race.
“He did a star job,” said Yetholm-based Clive Storey, who trains the winner for Jedburgh owner Hans Gier.
Another jockey to complete a double, was Northumberland’s Nick Orpwood, who currently heads the Northern Area man’s championship table.
In a tight finish, he got the judge’s call to land the opening A Hume Duke of Buccleuch’s Hunt members race with Banoge.
“Snippet” Innes’ 13-year-old snatched victory by a short head over Selkirk jockey Sam Coltherd and the fast-finishing Damiens Dilemma.
The winner provided owner’s daughter, Laura, with her first pointing success, but with her wedding next month, she handed the reins to Orpwood.
Nick’s second win came in the Bonhams Mens Open race aboard course specialist Splendid Blue, who has won all four of her four starts at Friars Haugh for Morpeth owner/trainer Joanna Boswell.
Ockey De Neuilliac cruised home 10 lengths clear in the Brewin Dolphin ladies’ open race in the hands of national ladies championship contender Catherine Walton.
Completing a seasonal hattrick, the 13-year-old is now bound for the Aintree Foxhunters.
John Dawson rode the home-bred Lady’s Favourite, trained by his brother Chris, to win the Scotty Brand Jockey Club mares maiden race.
Paddy’s Wish got the better of Whatsthestoryman by a short head to land the concluding CKD Galbraith open maiden race, in the hands of 18-year-old Harry Reed.
“He had sore shins, so we’ve had to be really patient, but I always thought he had a bit of an engine,” explained trainer Jane Hunter, who also part-owns the winner.
Racing was preceded by a thrilling 21-strong cross-country ride, won by Joanna Walton from Hawick riding Just A Gin.