Hawick handler Iain Jardine received a rousing cheer from a bumper Kelso crowd after celebrating victory at the course’s opening fixture.
The former jockey, who now trains at Gatehousecote, near Bonchester Bridge, saddled Push Me to win the second division of the Katie Scott Pointing and Emma Dunkley’s 18th novices’ handicap hurdle race on Sunday.
The grey had been placed on the Flat, and opened her account over hurdles with an impressive display in the hands of Adrian Lane.
“He gave her a cracking ride,” said Iain. “I’m delighted to have a winner at Kelso for the Card family, and it’s a big boost for the yard.”
St Boswells owners Paul and Claire Rooney saw their colours carried to victory in the Urwin Family juvenile hurdle race, when Kitchapoly scored in comfortable fashion under Jason Maguire, who was recording his 47th success of the season.
After two wins in France, Kitchapoly got off the mark in the UK with an easy five-length win over 7-4 fav Estinaad. The winner is trained in Cheshire by Donald McCain for his Borders owners, who live at Monksford House.
“I know it was a lower-class race but he did that well,” said trainer’s representative Darren O’Dwyer.
“I don´t think the ground matters too much to him, but we put ear plugs in today to help him to relax,” he added.
Alnwick trainer Rose Dobbin, who recently celebrated the birth of her first child, saddled 28-1 chance Honourable Gent to win the opening division of the Katie Scott Pointing & Emma Dunkley’s 18th novices’ handicap hurdle race for her parents Sarah and Duncan Davidson.
Hawick jockey Wilson Renwick produced a strong finish on the five-year-old, to hold favourite Sendiym by a length.
Kirkheaton-based Michael Smith landed the concluding City Roofing Ltd bumper with his well-bred five-year-old Mont Royale, a £1,300 purchase this summer.
Having run at Hexham just two days earlier, Carrigdhoun produced a gutsy display to land the feature Tiger McElrath Novices Ltd handicap chase.
The grey is owned and trained at Brampton by Maurice Barnes, who rode Scotland’s Grand National winner Rubstic to his historic 1979 victory.
Racing returns to Kelso on Saturday, October 19.