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ORGANISERS are hoping the Scottish Borders Horse Racing Charity Dinner later this year will be an odds-on favourite.

The fundraising event on Saturday, November 10 is in aid of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund and the Royal Sick Children’s Hospital, Edinburgh; with further donations going to the Borders Horse and Pony Racing and Hawick RFC Flood Appeal.

Guest speakers are Irishman Tommy Kinane Snr – a leading former National Hunt jockey and hero of Monksfield’s 1978 Champion Hurdle – and Scottish dual-purpose trainer Jim Goldie. There will also be a question and answer session with trainer Lucinda Russell and her partner Peter Scudamore MBE.

Lindsay Nichol, who is organising the event along with Rory Bannerman and John Thorburn, said: “All the ingredients are there to make it a very special night.”

Held at the Mansfield Park clubrooms, the dinner will be chaired by Langholm’s Dave McVittie and follows a previous event four years ago which raised almost £14,000.

A raffle to be held on the night boasts the top prize of a trip for two to Paris next year to take in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, while auction lots include signed prints of Istabraq and Camelot and a prize donated by the family of the late Campbell Gillies.

Tickets, priced £45, are available from Bannerman Burke or by contacting Lindsay on 07976 554456 or John on 07929 655132.