Fashion high stakes for Kelso’s Ladies Day

HIGH fashion and quality racing combine for Kelso’s final meeting of the season on Sunday, when “Ladies Day” boasts an exciting seven-race card.

Gates open at 12 noon, with the first race at 2.10pm.

Prizes, sponsored by A Hume Country Clothing, will be awarded for the best dressed lady and best dressed couple, while the first 200 ladies through the gate receive a luxury goody bag.

The boutique shopping arcade features a range of stalls and after racing there’s live music from the “Taylor Brothers” in the Pavilion Marquee.

The Borders Barmy Army stage their pantomime horse race , sponsored by R P Adam Ltd, when a range of “animals” will contest a one-furlong dash along the final stretch of the track at 1.15pm.

Fund-raising will take place throughout the afternoon for The Fire Fighters Charity and Macmillan Cancer Research.

Feature race of the afternoon is the 4.25pm John Smiths handicap chase for the Wilfred and Patricia Crawford Memorial Trophy- a magnificent Philip Blacker bronze sculpture.

Entries include Bescot Springs from Lucinda Russell’s in-form yard, and Perth Festival victor Fiddlers Reel from Jane Clark’s Kelso stable.

Livestock auctioneer Jack Clark’s retirement from John Swan Ltd is marked by the ‘The Jack Clark Swansong Novices Hurdle Race’ which has attracted a good entry.

Musselburgh bumper winner Amisfield Lad is an interesting hurdles newcomer for in-form Northumberland trainer Michael Smith, while John Quinn has entered two including winning Flat performer Exning Halt.

The Kings Own Scottish Borders (KOSB) and The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Associations have been sponsoring at Kelso for many years.

The KOSBA will present one of their highly sought after Regimental Spode Plates to winning connections of the novices handicap chase.

Top Hawick amateur Jamie Hamilton has already been booked again by Alnwick handler Victor Thomson for Gin Cobbler. Hattrick-seeking Apache Dawn should be followed closely, as his Worcestershire trainer Aytach Sadik has a 100 per cent record at the Borders venue.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Association sponsor a competitive hunter chase.

Leading hunter chaser Special Portrait represents Cumbrian trainer Mark Hughes, while Perth victor Back On The Road and runner-up Harry Flashman re-oppose.

Adam Pringle of Alnwick-based Border Facilities generously sponsors the novice handicap hurdle race at 2.40pm, which offers a £5,000 Sunday Bonus.

Donald McCain is a great supporter of Kelso and has entered winners Aazif and Heart And Soul. David Pipe’s Somerset raider Home Run is an interesting contender as he rattled up a mid-winter five-timer culminating with a victory at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day.

The final race of the season at the Border track is sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Coldstream, where a number of top bumper trainers are represented.

They include Alan Swinbank (Powderonthebonnet and Dubai Sonnet), Tony Martin (Lagan Canal), Stuart Crawford (Taylor) and Malcolm Jefferson (Magic Present).

For the third year running, Ladies Day will host an Injured Jockeys Fund, Ladies Only Charity Flat race- a fundraiser for the “House that Jack Built” – a project headed by Jack Berry, to raise money for a Northern based rehabilitation centre for injured jockeys.

It comes under offers at 5.50pm when the 12-strong line-up includes Kelso’s Clerk of the Course, Hazel Peplinski, and former leading Northern point-to-point jockey Pauline Robson.