Local trainers look to Kelso’s midweek meeting

SURPRISE VENDOR and Gary Rutherford win at Kelso fir trainer Stuart Coltherd 2/4/12'Photograph by John Grossick
SURPRISE VENDOR and Gary Rutherford win at Kelso fir trainer Stuart Coltherd 2/4/12'Photograph by John Grossick

A competitive seven-race card marks Kelso’s penultimate meeting of the season next Wednesday when racing comes under orders at 1.50pm.

The feature race of the afternoon is the £12,000 Bedmax handicap chase, into which Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson intends entering both Action Master and Blue Kascade.

Action Master carries the colours of Grand National-winning owners Douglas Pryde and Jim Beaumont, while Blue Kascade was one of Ryan Mania’s last winners before retiring at Ayr last autumn.

Nicky Richards is entering Greystoke pair Scarlet Fire and 2014 Kelso winner Mister Marker.

Chartered financial planners Principal and Prosper, soon to have a new Kelso operation, is one of two new sponsors. Four-times chase victor Surprise Vendor scored a second successive win in a long distance handicap on the Flat at Pontefract, and Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd plans to run him back over hurdles in this race. The versatile Borders gelding has also won four times over fences.

The second new sponsor celebrates Anne Macdonald’s birthday by backing the selling handicap chase. Nicky Richards is keen to win this again with Winter Alchemy, who scrambled home by a neck in the same race last year. His rivals could include Oxalido, who has been mixing hurdling and chasing in recent runs for Stuart Coltherd.

Mark Hunter, of Hunter Real Estate Investment Management, generously sponsors the novice handicap hurdle, and will make the presentations with his wife, Caroline.

Wyfield Rose, trained at Hawick by Alistair Whillans, drops back in trip after she was fifth over three miles at last week’s Perth Festival. Stuart Coltherd has this race in mind for Hurricane Rita.

John Anderson works tirelessly to promote Berwick Speedway and he and Denis McCleary have put together a very impressive team of riders for this coming season. The new signings will be on hand to join in with the presentations after the chase run for the Charlie Brown Memorial Trophy.

Christine Clow from the Black Bull in Wooler supports the opening race on the card, which has Nicky Richards sending Isaacstown Lad back over fences in the colours of the MS Borders Racing Club.

Mark Hay of The Cheers Bar sponsors the bumper, where Nicky Richards is entering a couple of unraced youngsters – Another Job and Wee Man.

Gates open at 11.50am.