KELSO racecourse stages its richest race day of the season on Saturday, with a seven race-card worth over £90,000.
Racing comes under orders at 1.55pm, with the £35,000 Totepool Premier Hurdle the feature race of the afternoon.
A cracking entry includes the hattrick-winning Seeyouatmidnight, who bids to retain his unbeaten record for Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson and his wife, Quona. He comes into the contest on the back of a £20,000 success in a Grade 2 hurdle at Haydock recently.
Another on a winning treble, including two strikes at Musselburgh, is Clever Cookie, trained by former jockey Peter Niven. He holds an entry in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham.
The Tote also sponsor the “Best Odds Guaranteed at Totepool” 2m 7f chase - a Class 1 Listed race. Leading Grand National fancy Monbeg Dude, trained by Michael Scudamore, takes the eye as he continues his Aintree countdown, while Nicky Richards’ Tutchec has won his last four races. Mr Moonshine, another Grand National entry, is part-owned by Jim Beaumont and Douglas Pryde who landed the Aintree spoils last year with Auroras Encore.
Joiner Terry Frame sponsors the opening race at 1.55pm, which has attracted a competitive field. Martin Todhunter has his horses in good order and he will be looking for Rockabilly Riot to follow up last month’s Musselburgh win.
Another loyal racecourse supporter is award-winning North Berwick butcher John Anderson, who supports the handicap hurdle.
The novice chase is sponsored by the Alexander family and Fife trainer Nick bids to win the race named in memory on his late father, with Jet Master. Stuart Coltherd had a double at Kelso’s last meeting and the Selkirk handler bids for more success with one of those winners, Surprise Vendor.
Premier Traffic Management backs the chase run for the prestigious Hamilton memorial trophy. This is the first in the Betfair Scottish Chase series, with Kelso staging the final on Wednesday May 7. Tristan Davidson recently became just the sixth Northern Area rider to notch 100 winners and he saddles Collyns Avenue. Whiskey Ridge, a winner at Sedgefield recently for Galashiels jockey Ryan Mania, aims for a quick follow-up for Yorkshire trainer Sue Smith.
The final race of the afternoon is the CGA Foxhunter Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase which is the last of three races sponsored by the CGA under their “Road to Cheltenham” scheme.
Last year’s Aintree Fox Hunters’ hero Tartan Snow is the star turn in this as he heads back to Liverpool to defend his crown, following an easy win at Kelso’s last meeting for in-form Stuart Coltherd. Galashiels handler Katie Scott could have two in the race - Moscow Menace and Douglas Julian.
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