JEDBURGH jockey Grant Cockburn, who only received his licence the previous day, made a victorious start to his professional career when riding Kai Broon to win at Kelso last week, writes Hilary Mactaggart.
The 18-year-old was greeted in the winner’s enclosure by a rousing reception after landing the Jedforest Deer Park conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle race.
Cockburn, who has ridden on the course as an amateur, and was point-to-pointing the previous weekend, will now take his place as conditional jockey for Lucinda Russell’s Arlary House stables at Kinross.
The former Northern Area novice point-to-point champion has gained valuable experience since joining the Russell yard, also benefiting from the vast knowledge of her partner, former champion jockey Peter Scudamore.
“He just got his licence through at about 10.30am yesterday,” explained Russell.
“He was a competent amateur, and has been riding particularly well, so will be our stable conditional this year.”
Ecstatic Cockburn modestly gave the horse credit for his dream debut.
“He did everything for me, and just went on when I asked him after the last,” he told us. “It’s been great, but I’ll keep my feet on the ground, and just look forward to the next ride.”
2.00 – DEVIL WATER (R McGrath) 10-3 fav; 2, Lindseyfield Lodge 7-2; 3, Stuff of Dreams 13-1. Seven ran. J Ewart, Langholm.
2.35 – KAI BROON (G Cockburn) 11-4 2 fav; 2, Baraathen 5-1; 3, Master Performer 9-2. Six ran. Miss L Russell, Milnathort.
3.10 – INDIAN PIPE DREAM (L Edwards) 13-8 fav; 2, Jurisdiction 7-4; 3, Soft Spoken Guy 9-4. Three ran. S Aytach, Wolverley.
3.45 – ALMUTAHAM (P Aspell) 4-1 2 fav; 2, Bubbly Breeze 3-1 fav; 3, Flaygray 5-1. Seven ran. J Moffatt, Cartmel.
4.15 – OUR JIM (H Brooke) walked over. D McCain jnr, Cheshire.
4.45 – BORDER TALE (B Hughes) 11-4 2fav; 2, Pete 3-1; 3, Front Rank 18-1. Five ran. J Moffatt.
5.15 – PISTOLET TIME (G Crow) 8-11 fav; 2, Beau Traveller 16-1; 3, Definite Appeal 9-4. Four ran. Mrs C Crow, Jedburgh.
z Racing returns to Kelso for the last time this season on Sunday, May 22 for the ever-popular Ladies’ Day.