Hawick jockey Jamie Hamilton continued his victory trail at Kelso on Monday when riding Moscow Menace to clinch the feature maiden hunter chase.
In a thrilling finish, Hamilton showed the prowess which has earned him three wins in just five days, to get the verdict over Jim Pate’s Barachois Silver by a short head in the Cazenove Capital Management Buccleuch Cup.
After partnering Stuart Coltherd’s Tartan Snow to his tremendous 100-1 Aintree Foxhunters triumph last Thursday (see report on page 81) he added another win to his tally on Saturday to land the Morpeth point-to-point men’s open race with Buckstruther for Hawick farmer Alistair Bell and wife, Rachel.
Monday’s win marked another Borders success for the talented young jockey – Moscow Menace is trained at Galashiels by Katie Scott for Kelso owner Emma Dunkley.
“He is a nice horse,” said Hamilton of the six-year-old, a dual point-to-point victor from his last three starts.
“He jumped and travelled well, and though he stopped a bit in front, he picked up again,” he added.
Runners were led to the start by Aintree champion Tartan Snow, with Jedburgh jockey Gary Rutherford deputising for the injured Grand National hero Ryan Mania – reported to be recovering well after his crashing fall at Hexham the previous afternoon.
Jack the Gent celebrated a wide-margin victory in the afternoon’s most valuable contest – the Princess Royal Trust for Carers handicap chase – under Barry Keniry.
“He loves this good ground,” said winning trainer George Moore. “We’ll keep him going and might go for a novice chase if I can find a suitable one.”
Surprise Vendor, a winner over hurdles at the corresponding fixture last year, finished runner-up for Selkirk handler Stuart Coltherd.
Alan Swinbank’s stable is in great heart, and Phoenix Returns continued the winning run after making all in the opening division of the Duncan Sinclair Memorial novices’ hurdle race.
It was a deserved success for the gelding, having finished in the frame three times in his last five outings, including runner-up on the fibres and at Southwell in a jumper’s bumper last time out.
With cheekpieces and a tongue tie, Veloce opened his account over hurdles at the third time of asking, in division two.
Winning jockey Jason Maguire said the five-year-old had appreciated Monday’s better ground.
Endeavor secured his eighth success over hurdles in the Green Tree Hotel Peebles conditional jockeys handicap hurdle race. The gelding is trained in Cumbria by Dianne Sayer for East Lothian owner Margaret Coppola.
Night in Milan produced a bold jumping display and made every yard of the running to head the Virtuo Wealth Management Ltd novices chase for Saltburn trainer Keith Reveley and his son James.
In first-time blinkers, Pudsey House set the pace in the BG Quick handicap hurdle race to take the spoils by two-and-a-half lengths on his third start in handicap company.
Stuart Coltherd had to settle for the runners-up slot for a second time, when well-backed Overlady was beaten by seven lengths by Overyou in the Lyntoon Private Hire mares’ handicap chase.
Chris Grant’s winner was repeating her 2012 success from an 11lbs higher mark.
Racing returns to Kelso later this month on Monday, April 29.