A VALUABLE card looks set to attract a quality field for Kelso’s second fixture of the new campaign on Saturday.
The feature race of the afternoon is the three-mile handicap chase sponsored for the second year by French generating company EDF Energy Renewables.
Aneyeforaneye has shown good form throughout the summer for Malcolm Jefferson and should relish this stern test, while Knockara Beau, the highest-rated entry, has a good record at Kelso, winning a bumper, as well as over hurdles and fences at the track for Northumberland trainer George Charlton.
The Harper Gow family from Rowchester, near Greenlaw are new sponsors and support the novice handicap chase in memory of Sir Maxwell. Muwalla, trained in County Durham by Chris Grant, bids to follow up an easy success at Sedgefield last month while James Ewart’s Langholm yard is represented by chasing debutant Teo Vivo.
The Firth family has been one of Kelso’s greatest supporters and supports the novice chase under their family business Urgewain Motors.
Rookie north Yorkshire handler Rebecca Menzies, who served her time with Ferdy Murphy, bids to saddle her first winner with Balding Banker. Show Public is an interesting runner for Simon Shirley-Beavan, having been an impressive winner of the prestigious Heart Of All England Maiden Hunters’ Chase at Hexham in May.
Another new sponsor to grace the Kelso turf is the Royal Smithfield Club and Jackie Stephen has pencilled in Mo Rouge from her Aberdeenshire yard in this race. Southdean trainer George Bewley withdrew Mister D late at Hexham on Saturday and hopes to run him at Kelso if conditions are suitable.
Another of Kelso’s very loyal supporters are James and Fiona Doyle, who sponsor a race every year in memory of James’s father, Peter.
Lucy Alexander was the UK’s champion conditional last term and she is set to ride Stanley Bridge in this one for Carlisle trainer Barry Murtagh. Susan Corbett, who also runs the Girsonfield Stud at Otterburn, plans to run Super Collider.
The Nap Club from the Dalkeith Bowling Club support the opening maiden hurdle race, where Maurice Barnes’ stable claimer Stephen Mulqueen will ride either Ninetynine or Quick Brew. Ayrshire trainer Mike Smith has Jedburgh jockey Callum Bewley down for the ride on his winning pointer Brighton Road.
Gates open at 12.10pm with the first race off at 2.10pm.