Course gets set for Russell raid at November meeting

RHYMERS HA Ridden by Graham Watters wins at Kelso 9/12/12'Photograph by John Grossick
RHYMERS HA Ridden by Graham Watters wins at Kelso 9/12/12'Photograph by John Grossick

With a total prize fund of £55,000 on offer, another competitive afternoon’s racing is on the cards at Kelso on Saturday.

Gates open at 10.30am, with the first race off at 12.30pm.

Feature race is the £15,000 Mayfield Restaurant handicap chase, sponsored for the 13th time by local businessman Glen Lambert and his wife Kath.

Lucinda Russell’s stable is in great form, and the Milnathort trainer is represented by Rhymers Ha’ who carries the colours of Melrose owner Geoff Adam. Upsilon Bleu went close in a novice chase at Perth when last seen in the spring for East Lothian owner Ray Green and Northumberland trainer Pauline Robson.

The main supporting race is another valuable handicap chase with an £11,000 prize fund, sponsored by Frank Flannigan skip hire.

Cheshire trainer Donald McCain has three entries – Grouse Lodge, Syndney Paget, and Kruzhlinin, owned by Claire and Paul Rooney, from St Boswells. Maggio (also entered in the 2.50 race) bids to add to last month’s success at the track for his Irish connections.

Three new sponsors include the McLean family from Berwick who support the handicap hurdle in memory of popular businessman, David McLean, whose son Michael will make the presentations. Rose Dobbin saddles Honourable Gent, a 28-1 winner at Kelso’s opening fixture, while Penrith handler Dianne Sayer bids for a repeat course victory with Sendiym.

The third race, a class three handicap hurdle, is sponsored by Edinburgh haulage firm Graeme Todd. Philip Kirby has enjoyed a decent year over jumps and on the flat and the Middleham trainer will be hoping Devotion To Duty can build on his excellent third at Wetherby recently.

The first race, a competitive novice hurdle, is sponsored in memory of Jane Medd and organised by Maureen Price and a team of her friends from York. Fife handler Nick Alexander may run Allforthelove or Milano Magic, while Scotland’s most northerly trainer Jackie Stephen, based at Inverurie, is represented by Amilliontimes.

Loyal sponsors David and Margaret Logan back the novice handicap chase. Langholm trainer James Ewart has pencilled in Teo Vivo for his chasing debut, while Maurice Barnes may run My Idea.

The final handicap chase will be run in memory of Hawick’s George Harrow, who had Lady Bluesky and Aintree victor Single Sourcing, with Alistair Whillans, who would prove a very appropriate winner.