Galashiels trainer Katie Scott saddled Douglas Julian to a second course success at Kelso Racecourse on Saturday, writes Hilary Mactaggart.
The top-weight captured the Premier Traffic Management handicap chase, under another accomplished ride by Hawick jockey Tom Hamilton.
The 12-1 chance came home four-and-a-half lengths clear of What A Dream, ridden by Tom’s elder brother, Jamie.
Another Hawick jockey in winning form was Craig Nichol, who fittingly gained high praise from trainer Lucinda Russell, after landing the Cyril Alexander memorial novices’ limited handicap chase on Vengeur De Guye.
“I thought Craig gave him a great ride,” said the Milnathort trainer. “He needs to be ridden just like that.”
The winner powered home six lengths clear of hat-trick-seeking Aye Well from Stuart Coltherd’s Selkirk stable.
Blainslie owner Pat Stirling saw her colours carried to victory by Lucematic, the 16-1 winner of the Andersons Award Winning Butchers North Berwick handicap hurdle race.
Nicky Richard’s impressive performer Glingerburn maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles to land the feature totescoop6 Premier Kelso hurdle race. He quickened away from the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained long-time leader Bristol De Mai, to make it four wins from four starts.
Favourite Runswick Royal won the Listed totepool Premier Chase for Newcastle handler Ann Hamilton.
“He is the best horse I’ve had,” said her husband, Ian, who owns the six-year-old. The win provided Brian Hughes with the second leg of a double.
The trip from Cheltenham proved worthwhile for Twiston-Davies, who completed a double. He sent out Ballybolley to take the spoils in the opening Terry Frame Joiners novices’ hurdle race, and later landed the concluding Newcastle Arms Coldstream open hunters chase with Major Malarkey.
Ballybolley’s victory gave jockey Daryl Jacob his second success at the Borders track, to maintain a 100 per cent strike rate.
“He’s maturing, and settling better with every run, and it was a good performance today,” said the winning jockey.
Former good handicapper Major Malarkey cruised home in the last for a comfortable 30-length success. Full results on page 77. Racing returns to Kelso on Saturday, March 21.