KELSO plays host to the first Scottish point-to-point of the season when the Jedforest meeting comes under orders at Friars Haugh on Sunday, writes Hilary Mactaggart.
The first of seven races is an eight-strong members’ race at 12.30pm, where Quotica De Poyans bids to defend his 2010 success for Bonchester Bridge owner/trainer Phillipa Shirley-Beavan and Galashiels jockey Kelly Bryson.
The Dodson and Horrell PPORA Club members’ race for novice riders at 1pm has attracted an entry of 12, including Silk Parasol from Alan Brown’s Hawick stable, and Peter Russell’s Badger Foot, which finished in the frame on his debut last weekend at Alnwick.
The ladies’ open race at 1.30pm is a qualifier for the Aga Ladies Open Point-to-Point Championship final at Cheltenham on May 4.
Nine could line up, including Alnwick runner-up Minouchka, the ride of Northern Area ladies’ champion Kelly Bryson, the Middleton-qualified 2010 runner-up Narciso, and Kirsty Fitzgerald’s Tynedale.
The men’s equivalent half-an-hour later is run for the Edmund Vestey Salver and the 10 possibles include Anns Benefit from Victor Thompson’s in-form stable.
There are nine entries in the restricted race at 2.30pm., including the Steven Turnbull-trained Dee Cee Bolter, the ride of Northern Area novice champion Grant Cockburn, from Jedburgh.
Penultimate race of the afternoon is the PPA PPORA Club members’ maiden race at 3pm, which has attracted the biggest entry of 15, while racing concludes with the Billy Stenhouse Memorial 12-strong open maiden race.
Admission remains at £10 per person, including a free racecard and free car parking, and bar and catering facilities are available on site.