Sheriff Hall hopes to go round about Kelso pretty fast

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HRH the Princess Royal visits Kelso racecourse on Monday when the Borders track stages its ever-popular Buccleuch Cup.

Princess Anne will be present in her capacity as Patron of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, which holds a charity fundraising event every year at the racecourse to help provide much-needed support for hard working carers.

She will watch the first two races, before making the presentation to connections of The Princess Royal Trust for the Carers Handicap Chase, the second race on a competitive card. The race has attracted Sheriff Hall and East Lothian owner Ray Green believes he should go well, while trainer George Charlton could be double-handed as he may also enter Hazeldene.

Steeped in history, the Buccleuch Cup maiden hunter chase always attracts a competitive local entry and is kindly supported for the second year by Brewin Dolphin. Alan Brown’s classy mare Silk Parasol has been targeted at this prestigious event since landing the Members’ race at the recent Duke of Buccleuch point to point for her Hawick connections.

Third race on the card is competitive novice chase, sponsored by John Manners in memory of his father’s late, great racehorse Le Garcon D’Or.

Jimmy Moffatt’s Dollar Mick who has always been touted as a decent staying chaser and could make the line up, and he could be joined by Bruce Mactaggart’s Craicneasy.

Racing comes under orders at 2.30pm with a conditional jockeys’ hurdle race, supported by new sponsors A M Gilhome Joinery & Building Ltd, of Belford. Hawick farmer Willie Amos is considering an entry in this race for the ever-popular Bob’s Dream.

Millhouse Hospitality sponsor the penultimate two-and-three-quarter mile handicap hurdle race which has attracted the Rose Dobbin-trained Banoge and Michael Smith’s veteran Texas Holdem.

Financial advisor Douglas Pryde sponsors the novice hurdle race in memory of his great friend, Duncan Sinclair, whose family will be on hand to join in the presentations.

Ailie Tullie of Whitemire Stud backs the concluding mares handicap chase as a thank you to everyone who helped her during her training career, which has seen such highlights as her wonderful homebred mare More Likely win four times at the Border track.

Racing comes under orders at 2.30pm, with gates open at 12.30pm.