Kelso owner Deborah Thomson and jockey Peter Buchanan celebrated a first-ever treble at a well-supported Halloween meeting on Saturday.
All three winners were trained by Lucinda Russell, whose in-for Milnathort stable accounted for half of the afternoon’s card.
The yard had a great start to the day, completing a quickfire double in the first two races. Big River followed up a bumper win at the track in March, with an impressive success in the opening Carnacrack National Hunt maiden hurdle race.
“He’s a really nice horse - very athletic - and he could be one of our nicest novice hurdlers this season,” enthused Lucinda of the 13-8 fav.
Deborah Thomson, originally from Kelso, runs the gelding under “Two Black Labs” – named after her dogs Bolly and Krug.
Thirty-five minutes later, Russell and Buchanan were back in the winner’s enclosure, when One For Arthur posted a 4-1 success in the Clifford & Martin Firth Memorial novices’ chase and the victory trail continued when Alizee De Janeiro headed the Sir Maxwell Harper Gow Memorial handicap hurdle race. The 8-1 chance held the challenge of Claude Carter, trained at Hawick by Alistair Whillans to post a career-best victory to complete the hat-trick.
Full report and results from Saturday’s meeting can be found at www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk
Racing returns to Kelso on Saturday, November 7.