FRIDAY’S flapping at the Rig went ahead, albeit in weather more suited to January.
The worthy souls who bared the elements were treated to some fine racing after officials declared the course soft but safe.
The first race was the Selkirk Rugby, Cricket and Golf Club’s Seven Furlong. Four runners set off and Moodla Point was up with the pace alongside Blindside, but as they entered the final furlong, warm favourite Ferry Tone in the hands of Tyrone Williams gained the upper hand to win by one length, with the game Moodla Point second and Tanked Up third.
The Peatlaw Handicap was next up and once again a quartet of runners were competing for the £400 first prize.
From the off it was hot favourite Mansfeld Man from Ireland who held all the aces to give Williams and the Irish a double on the day. On The Edge ran well to finish second with The Gambler back in third.
It wasn’t long before the Irish/Williams partnership had a treble as Back On Top a dual winner at Hawick the previous week justified his short odds to win the big race of the day the Golden Mile.
He was always travelling well and took the running up one furlong out to go on and win by four lengths from Hitman Hatton, who ran well on ground which wouldn’t suit, with Isobar a disappointing third.
The final flap of the day saw seven runners go to post in the Arpal Maintenance Chemicals six-furlong race and with the mist coming in punters could only wait and see as the horses approached the last 100 yards and Tri-star, in the hands of Andrew Fairley, went on to win very easily indeed from Neetherkana and Now Then back in third.