Jockey Brian Hughes completed a double at Kelso’s penultimate fixture last week – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick landed the concluding Cheers Bar bumper with Doktor Glaz.
Kelso’s final fixture is Ladies’ Day on Sunday, May 25.