Ever-popular Ladies Day concludes Kelso season

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KELSO RACECOURSE concludes its season on Sunday with the ever-popular-Jacques Ladies Day,

A competitive seven-race card promises a great afternoon’s racing, with gates open at noon, followed by pony racing at 1.10pm, and the first race off at 2.15pm.

At the end of racing, there will also be a ladies’ charity flat race in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, which comes under orders at 5.50pm.

Main sponsor Jacques Cider, part the Heineken Group, support two races on the card. The Jacques Handicap Chase, worth more than £12,000, is off at 3.45pm and has attracted a strong select field. Prolific winning pointer Badger Foot, formerly trained under rules by Jonjo O’Neill, would be an interesting runner for Lucinda Russell, a trainer who set a new personal best last season. Berwickshire-bred More Equity, now with Dianne Sayer, is another to consider as she has winning course form already this spring.

Peter Dale of Peter K. Dale Ltd is backing the 2m 2f novices handicap hurdle race for horses rated 0 to 125.

Alistair Whillans’ horses are always worth a look and What A Steel is a case in point as he makes his first appearance since February. George Charlton is beginning to hit form and the Northumberland trainer sends Dizzy River across the border for his first crack in handicap company.

There is a strong Forces theme running throughout the day’s sponsors, with Jonathan Jones, chief executive of the Spar franchise sponsoring the first race in aid of SSAFA. The charity assists soldiers, sailors and airmen who need support as a result of injuries they have sustained serving their country at home and abroad.

Barry Murtagh has his jumpers and flat horses in decent order and the Cumbrian handler is keen to run recent course third Master Performer. Malcolm Jefferson has already booked the services of Graham Lee for Bello Regalo, a faller last time out at Uttoxeter.

The Kings Own Scottish Borderers is one of the oldest and most loyal supporters at the Border track, and once again sponsor the two-mile, one-furlong novices’ handicap chase, with the winner receiving the Regimental Spode Plate.

Langholm handler James Ewart enjoyed a personal best season last term and Devil Water will bid to follow up a recent course win in selling company. Piment d’Estruval, a winner at Exeter last time could be a rare Kelso runner for Glamorgan-based Tim Vaughan.

Another famous Scottish Regiment, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, continues its sponsorship of the final open Hunter Chase of the Kelso season.

The three-mile contest has attracted Val Renwick’s Doc Row who bids to make amends for a fall at the second last in similar company here last month. Alison Hamilton’s Aggie’s Lad will be a popular choice to follow up his recent win at Aintree under Will Kinsey.

The Coppola family once again sponsor the Novice Hurdle. It’s good to see Ryan Mania back amongst the winners and he has been secured by Selkirk handler Rayson Nixon for Norminster, who has plenty of winning form over fences. Harriet Graham has been kept busy clerking at Perth recently and the Jedburgh trainer will saddle Scotswell in the third race off at 3.15pm.

The concluding bumper, also sponsored by John Smith, sees Maurice Barnes introduces a newcomer in the shape of Castle Nook under his stable claimer Stephen Mulqueen. Keep an eye out, too, on Stuart Crawford’s Irish raider Jamesson.

Complimentary goody bags will be handed out to the first 200 ladies through the gate, and there will also be best dressed competitions, fashion shows by Suzy Hamilton and milliner Karen Reid, a boutique shopping arcade and a cocktail bar.