Kelso Races are putting on the style for final meeting

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High fashion and quality racing combine for Kelso’s final meeting of the season on Sunday when Ladies’ Day boasts an exciting seven-race card.

Feature race of the afternoon is the 4.25pm John Smiths handicap chase for the Wilfred and Patricia Crawford Memorial Trophy.

Entries include Bescot Springs from Lucinda Russell’s in-form yard, and Perth Festival victor Fiddlers Reel from Jane Clark’s Kelso stable.

Livestock auctioneer Jack Clark’s retirement from John Swan Ltd is marked by the The Jack Clark Swansong Novices Hurdle Race which has attracted a good entry.

Musselburgh bumper winner Amisfield Lad is an interesting hurdles newcomer for in-form Northumberland trainer Michael Smith, while John Quinn has entered two, including winning flat performer Exning Halt.

The King’s Own Scottish Borderers Association will present one of their highly-sought after Regimental Spode Plates to winning connections of the novices’ handicap chase.

Top Hawick amateur Jamie Hamilton has already been booked again by Alnwick handler Victor Thomson for Gin Cobbler. Hat-trick-seeking Apache Dawn should be followed closely, as his Worcestershire trainer Aytach Sadik has a 100 per cent record at the Borders venue.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Association sponsor a competitive hunter chase where leading hunter chaser Special Portrait represents Cumbrian trainer Mark Hughes, while Perth victor Back On The Road and runner-up Harry Flashman re-oppose.

Adam Pringle of Alnwick-based Border Facilities sponsors the novice handicap hurdle race at 2.40pm, which offers a £5,000 Sunday Bonus.

Donald McCain is a great supporter of Kelso and has entered winners Aazif and Heart And Soul. David Pipe’s Somerset raider Home Run is an interesting contender as he rattled up a mid-winter five-timer, culminating with a victory at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day.

The final race of the season at the Tweedside track is sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Coldstream, where a number of top bumper trainers are represented.

They include Alan Swinbank (Powderonthebonnet and Dubai Sonnet), Tony Martin (Lagan Canal), Stuart Crawford (Taylor) and Malcolm Jefferson (Magic Present).

Gates open at noon, first race 2.10pm. More on www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk