Some Lad received a rousing cheer from a bumper Kelso crowd on Saturday after clinching victory for his Hawick connections in the most nail-biting finish of the afternoon.
The 8-1 chance held off the challenge of favourite Wakhan by a nose in the Sir Maxwell Harper Gow memorial novice handicap chase. Trained near Denholm by Alison Hamilton for her husband, Gavin, the gelding was given a great ride by their nephew, Tom.
Another local trainer in winning form was Greenlaw-based Sandy Thomson, who saddled Seldom Inn to victory in the Isle of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky NH maiden hurdle race. Bill Walker’s home-bred six-year-old cruised home eight lengths clear to land a comfortable 5-1 success.
Sandy said: “I think he’s best when he’s fresh, so we won’t overdo him this season.
Jockey James Reveley completed a victorious double, including the feature EDF-ER Barmoor handicap chase (for the Marshall trophy), aboard Carlito Brigante. Reveley had earlier taken the opening division of the maiden hurdle race on favourite Spiculas, trained by his father, Keith.
Karen McLintock also enjoyed a winning double when, half-an-hour after her first success, she saddled Mason Hindmarsh to win the Carnacrack handicap hurdle race.
Jason Maguire rode the Donald McCain-trained I Need Gold to an easy 14-length win in the Clifford & Martin Firth memorial novices’ chase.
Trainer Jackie Stephen made a worthwhile journey from her Inverurie base to see Mo Rouge head the R P Adam Ltd novice hurdle race.
The concluding James and Suzanne Gray Celebration conditional jockeys training series handicap hurdle race produced the longest-priced winner of the afternoon when Phil Dennis recorded his first Kelso success on 16-1 chance Another Dimension.
Racing was preceded by the popular Borders Barmy Army pantomime horse race, in aid of local Macmillan Cancer Support and the Fire Fighters Charity.
The 13-strong contest was won by Hawick-based Richardson and Son Printers’ Papillon – with Mark Young and Stuart Campbell proving their speed and co-ordination.
Second was Arpal Magic from Selkirk-based race sponsor R P Adam Ltd, with Kandula, representing Borders Property for Let, in third.