McDonald at the double at Friars Haugh

SUPERIOR COMMAND Ridden by Rachel McDonald and trained by Lucinda Russell wins the 4 5 6 7 year olds Open Maiden Race at Berwickshire Hunt Point-to-Point 29/3/14'Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723
SUPERIOR COMMAND Ridden by Rachel McDonald and trained by Lucinda Russell wins the 4 5 6 7 year olds Open Maiden Race at Berwickshire Hunt Point-to-Point 29/3/14'Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723

Selkirk jockey Rachael McDonald celebrated her first-ever double at an action-packed Berwickshire point-to-point on Saturday.

The 22-year-old, who works for National Hunt trainer Lucinda Russell, followed a win for her employer with 
victory aboard Pena Dorada for Hawick handler Alan Brown.

The seven-year-old recorded the fastest time of the afternoon at Kelso’s Friars Haugh course to head the John Watson Seeds ladies’ open race for the Hawick’s Waverley Bar syndicate – Alec Lyall, Davie Hall, and Ian Logan.

A hunter chase at Perth later this month is a potential target for the winner.

Pena Dorada was previously trained under Rules by Lucinda Russell, who provided Rachael’s first winner of the afternoon – Superior Command.

The impressive five-year-old – a £29,000 purchase at Doncaster Sales – posted a comfortable eight-length success in the Decoupage and Dining open maiden race for four to seven-year-olds.

Rachael secured the ride after her partner Steven Fox gave up his remaining bookings following a last-fence fall in the opening members’ race.

Mindrum rider Nick Orpwood also enjoyed dual success. He rode Splendid Blue to a third course success after landing the Bonhams men’s open race for Morpeth owner Joanna Boswell 
before steering The Brig at Ayr to victory in the concluding Brogan Fuels restricted race.

Whiteabbey recaptured his 2013 title in a drama-packed opening CKD Galbraith Hunt members’ race, where three of the four runners came to grief at the last.

Challenger Ashtonmore took a crashing fall at the final fence, leaving Hawick jockey Blair Campbell with a broken wrist.

Doreen Calder’s duo, Whisky Hill and Flying Master were also last-fence casualties, with jockey Will Ramsay fined £75 after re-mounting the latter to pass the post in second – only to be disqualified after a steward’s enquiry.

Bayfirth was also a lone finisher in the Meadowhead Ltd open maiden race for eight-year-olds and over, in the hands of in-form Hawick jockey Tom Hamilton.

The victory provided 18-year-old Tom Hamilton – a leading contender for the 
N H amateur jockeys championship – with his eighth seasonal success.

Nineteen-year-old Tom Kindleyside made a worthwhile four-and-a-half hour journey from Oxfordshire to win on his first visit to Friars Haugh.

He also picked up the Rubstic trophy for the best novice rider after riding Page One Two Nine to win the Bill Hardie Memorial NPPA Club members’ race for veteran and novice riders.

The success gave Tom his seventh win from nine rides this season.

Melrose trainer Jo 
Luton owns the winner with Crawford McNeill from 
Gattonside, and Debbie 
Dunbar-Nasmith, who had travelled from Elgin to enjoy the success.