Jockey Brian Hughes completed a double at Kelso’s penultimate fixture last Wednesday – including the feature Betfair Scottish Chase Series Final handicap chase.
Baileys Concerto, trained in Cumbria by Dianne Sayer, cruised home seven lengths clear of favourite Fiddlers Reel to lift the coveted Haddington Jubilee Cup.
“When I first got him he lacked confidence but we´ve taken it small steps at a time and he´s getting there,” explained the winning trainer.
“I didn´t want to run him over two miles at Perth last time but it was the last qualifier for this series so I had to,” she added.
“This had been the plan for a while.”
The winner gave Hughes his second success of the afternoon, having earlier partnered Harris Hawk to a comfortable 17-length win in the Bedmax handicap chase, where in-form Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson had to settle for the runners-up slot with Neptune Equester.
Runwsick Royal had victory in sight when pipped at the post by Master of the Game in the opening Aver Chartered Accountants novices’ chase.
In the hands of Andrew Tinkler, Nicky Henderson’s charge was locked in battle with the long-time leader, to get up by a short head for a victorious chasing debut.
“He´s not been easy, and it´s down to Andy who has schooled and schooled him,” explained the Berkshire trainer. “He even schooled him yesterday before he came up here.”
The Christine Clow Celebration selling handicap chase produced another exciting finish, with 3-1 fav Alchemy clinching victory by a neck from Allanard.
The winner, on his fourth start over fences, is trained in Cumbria by Nicky Richards, who commented, “It was a bad old race, but he dug in well.”
Racegoers were treated to another nail-biting finish in the NFU Mutual conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle race, where 14-1 chance Neville Woods made a victorious handicap debut when holding Captain Brown by a neck.
“He´s going to be a chaser so we haven´t rushed him,” explained Northumberland trainer Jim Gledson
Perth maiden hurdle victor Silver Gent made every yard of the running to land the Hunter Real Estate Investment Managers novices’ handicap hurdle race, ahead of Riskier, with High Fair – trained at Yetholm by Sandy Forster – in third.
The Donald McCain-trained grey was having just his fourth run over hurdles.
Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick landed the concluding Cheers Bar bumper with Doktor Glaz.
The four-year-old is on the market.
“He´s a huge horse but he´s very laid back and is going to make a lovely chaser,” said Northumberland owner/trainer Rose Dobbin.
Kelso’s final fixture is Ladies Day on Sunday, May 25.
1.55 – MASTER OF THE GAME (A Tinkler) 9-4; 2, Runswick Royal 15-8 fav; 3, Orsippus 18-1. Five ran. N Henderson, Upper Lambourn.
2.25 – SILVER GENT (H Brooke) 5-1; 2, Riskier 20-1; 3, High Fair 14-1. 13 ran. D McCain, Cholmondeley.
2.55 – WINTER ALCHEMY (B Harding) 3-1 fav; 2, Allanard 15-2; 3, Oh Right 7-1. Eight ran. N Richards, Greystoke.
3.25 – HARRIS HAWK (B Hughes) 3-1; 2, Neptune Equester 15-2; 3, Badger Foot 5-1. Seven ran. J Wade, Co Durham.
4.00 – NEVILLE WOODS (J Dawson) 14-1; 2, Captain Brown 7-2; 3, Cool Sky 3-1 jt fav. Seven ran. J Gledson, Bellingham.
4.35 – BAILEYS CONCERTO (B Hughes) 7-2; 2, Fiddlers Reel 5-2 fav; 3, Peachey Moment 15-2. Seven ran. D Sayer, Cumbria.
5.10 – DOKTOR GLAZ (W Renwick) 11-4; 2, Lewis 20-1; 3, Nicolas Chavin 10-11 fav. 12 ran. R Dobbin, Northumberland.