Jumpering for joy at Final Fling meeting

Kelso Races Managing Director Richard Landale sports his festive jumper
Kelso Races Managing Director Richard Landale sports his festive jumper
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IN KEEPING with the festive spirit, those attending the Final Fling meeting at Kelso Racecourse may be jumping for joy in more ways than one.

For the first time the venue is holding a Christmas Jumper Competition and want race-goers to don their most festive knitwear for the day on Sunday, December 29.

There are three categories – best lady, best gent and best two children. Johnstone’s of Elgin have donated cashmere jumpers for the ladies and gents winners, and Kelso Racecourse-branded sweatshirts have been donated for the children.

A parade will take place in the winners’ enclosure after the second race for those who are partaking in the competition to show-case their stylish Christmas offerings.

Richard Landale, managing director for Kelso Races, pictured wearing his own festive favourite, commented: “As the race day is between Christmas and New Year, this is very much a family day out, with many people coming to meet friends who are also home for festive season, so we wanted to add a little bit of festive fun for day.”

The Final Fling main race will be The Children’s Immunology Trust – a handicap steeple chase over two miles, seven furlongs and has a prize fund of £100,000, while the meeting will also play host to the Monteith Memorial Race with its £9,000 pot.

The course office will be closed from Monday, December 23, so any hospitality will need to be booked prior to this time. Tickets will still be able to be purchased online afterwards.

Further information about Kelso Races and Kelso Racecourse can be found on www.kelso-races.co.uk.