Borders track set for a wonderful Wednesday

Ueueteotl and Nick Schofield (left) win at Carlisle from Hi George 30/10/11'Photograph by John Grossick
Ueueteotl and Nick Schofield (left) win at Carlisle from Hi George 30/10/11'Photograph by John Grossick

Kelso racecourse hosts its penultimate meeting of the season on Wednesday (May 7) when another exciting card comes under orders at 1.55pm.

Bedmax sponsors the feature three-mile handicap chase and proprietor Tim Smalley will make the presentations.

The winner will receive the new Le Garcon D’Or perpetual trophy, kindly donated by John Manners of Battle Bridge. Winter Alchemy, trained by Nicky Richards, was a good fourth at Kelso’s opening meeting in October and should go close again, having dropped a fair bit in the weights.

Innovative betting exchange Betfair sponsors the final of the Scottish Chase Series, run for the Haddington Jubilee Cup. This promises to be a special race with some quality horses being aimed at a decent prize. Gleann Na Ndochais has gone close over fences for Hawick’s Alistair Whillans, finishing second at Carlisle over Easter to subsequent Kelso scorer Doubledisdoubledat. In-form Dianne Sayer is also eyeing up this for her Penrith raider Baileys Concerto who has plenty of recent winning form at Hexham and Market Rasen.

Edinburgh Chartered Accountants, Aver, sponsors the opening novice chase, with Bill and Liz Cleghorn making the presentations. James Ewart plans to send Ueueteotl, pronounced Huey-Huey-Tol, for his debut over fences in this. “He should make an exciting novice chasing prospect and this is a nice starting point for him,” said the Langholm 

The Hunter Real Estate Investment Managers, sponsors the 2m 6 f handicap hurdle.

Business founder Mark Hunter has shares in a horse with Rose Dobbin and also one with his brother-in-law, Lambourn trainer Charlie Mann. St Gregory finished third on Borders Grand National day and Nicky Richards reckons she could go well in this shorter race.

Christine Clow and her family are celebrating a birthday under the auspice of the Black Bull in Wooler. Knight Woodsman, trained in Ayrshire by Mike Smith, has been hurdling, but has winning chasing form and is being targeted at this selling chase.

The running rail has been moved, so the whole card will be staged on completely fresh ground.

The Border Chamber of Commerce has a networking lunch in the Pavilion marquee, with pre-lunch speaker, Tom Burnham. There are still places available – contact Ashley Hogg on 07824 158650.

There is a new Pimms & Picnic package for Ladies Day on May 25 –bookings can be made online or through Laura Ferguson on 01668 280816.