Another competitive afternoon’s racing is on the cards at Kelso next Tuesday (April 22), with the first race under orders at 1.45pm.
The feature race is an £8,500 handicap hurdle sponsored by Gavin Henderson under his forestry contracting business E.H Henderson Ltd. Langholm trainer James Ewart plans to enter three, with Ueueteotl his likely representative at this stage. Recent Wetherby runner-up Parc Des Princes could fly the flag for Nicky Richards’ Greystoke yard.
Timeform, the well-known Halifax racing analysts and printers, sponsor the second race, a £10,000 novice limited handicap chase. James Ewart has another entry for Mandarin Sunset, but feels this is the best option, commenting that the horse is really well at the moment and will love the ground after his mid-winter break.
Nicky Richards is looking at the race for Talkin Thomas, who has been third in both recent starts at Sedgefield and Catterick.
Kelso’s whisky franchisees, Isle of Skye Whisky, support the handicap hurdle, and Peter Russell, chairman of holding company Ian McLeod and Co, will be on hand to make the presentations. Zaru – ridden by Langholm jockey Dale Irving last time at Newcastle – could be a likely contender.
Norman Orde of Lyntoun Private Hire has been a loyal supporter of Kelso and sponsors the opening maiden hurdle race. Along with Wicked Spice, Nicky Richards may introduce a nice newcomer called Cultrum Abbey, who carries the colours made famous by 2004 Scottish Grand National hero Grey Abbey. James Ewart is also keen on his ex-French recruit Aristo Du Plessis.
Kelso racecourse director Robert Miller-Bakewell backs the hunter chase under the name of his Eildon Hill Stables. Joey Richards, daughter of trainer Nicky Richards, won with Scarlet Fire at her local point-to-point on Saturday and is considering this for his hunter chase debut. Present Potential landed the Buccleuch Cup recently and he could bid for a quick follow over course and distance for Nick and Kit Alexander.
Racing UK generously sponsors the £10,000 handicap chase. Nick Alexander is set to pencil in Isla Pearl Fisher who failed to fire in a valuable race over course and distance last month. Depending on what the handicapper does for his all-the-way Carlisle win, Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd is considering this for Doubledisdoubledat.