Promising-looking card for Friars Haugh meeting

HENNESSY and Rees Morgan Murphy (center) Wins the Mens Open at The Duke of Buccleuch's Point to point 16/3/13'Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723
HENNESSY and Rees Morgan Murphy (center) Wins the Mens Open at The Duke of Buccleuch's Point to point 16/3/13'Photograph by John Grossick 0771 046 1723

Kelso’s Friars Haugh course hosts its second point-to-point of the season when the Duke of Buccleuch’s fixture comes under orders on Saturday, with an action-packed seven-race card.

While the fixture has attracted a total of 90 entries, there are just three in the opening members’ race at 1pm, where 2014 runner-up Banoge bids to go one better for local owner Snippet Innes.

Opposition includes Damiens Dilemma, who gave 20-year-old jockey Harriet Bryce her first victory at Ratcheugh. Harriet works for Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd, whose wife Lesley trains the gelding for Northern Area point-to-point chairman Robert Miller-Bakewell from Midlem.

One to watch could be Kind of Easy, a bumper and handicap chase victor for Emma Lavelle, and making his debut on Saturday for Hawick handler Alan Brown.

There are 22 entries in the Connollys Red Mills intermediate race at 1.30pm, including Kalastar, from Sylvia Scott’s Galashiels stable, while course victor The Brig at Ayr should run well for Nick Orpwood.

Nelly La Rue finished in the frame in Irish points, and is one of 12 entries in The Jockey Club mares’ maiden race at 2pm.

The unraced youngster The Toft, from Lucinda Russell’s stable, could be an interesting contender, as well as Stuart Coltherd’s Lucydoli, who ran in three bumpers at the end of the year. Rebecca Hewit’s Caherelly was prominent for a long way on her debut at the Jedforest fixture.

There are 12 in the ladies’ open race, including Neil Mechie’s prolific winner Ockey De Neulliac, who hasn’t run since his last course victory.

Wooler trainer Jessica McKie is in unbeatable form and could saddle Alnwick victor Crazy Diamond in the Bonhams men’s open race, to maintain her 100 per cent strike rate. Gunner Jack is the highest-rated entry and could make his 2015 debut.

Whisperdale gave Blainslie owner Jack Clark a first training success last month, and could contest the NPPA Club members’ race at 3.30pm, along with The Gotfor Man, who was victorious recently for Yetholm handler Clive Storey.

The potential line-up includes Jo Luton’s recent Corbridge winner Annie Aces, Alan Mactaggart’s veteran ex-chaser Royal Mackintosh, who was just touched off at Corbridge, and John Leadbetter’s Another Dark Rum.

The concluding open maiden race at 4pm has 11 entries, including Emma Dunkley’s Corbridge runner-up 
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