Having a Bash at a Friars Haugh first place

FRIARS Haugh hosts its second point-to-point of the season on Saturday when the Duke of Buccleuch’s meeting comes under orders at the Kelso course.

Racing begins at 1pm with a five-strong members’ race.

Miss Teeny Bash bids to go one better than last year, when carrying the colours of Galashiels owner Sylvia Scott into second place, while Silk Parasol bids to repeat her Jedforest victory at the same track for Hawick owner Alan Brown.

Silk Parasol also has an entry in the Connollys Red Mills intermediate race, a qualifier for the Cheltenham final on May 4, which has attracted an entry of 22. Anotherbuck, trained at Yetholm by Clive Storey, contested this race last year and Edward Wrigley will be hoping for a good show, having won at the course with his last ride in January.

The same trainer also has Bromley Abbey in the line-up, winner of last year’s mares maiden.

Biggest entry of the afternoon is in the mares’ maiden race at 2pm, which has attracted 26.

Doreen Calder is no stranger to success on the point-to-point circuit and the Berwickshire owner is represented by Little Miss Leana, while Lesley Cottage bids to go one better than last year, having finished runner-up for Jim Hogg from Hawick.

There are 15 in the ladies’ open race at 2.30pm, where Kelso hunter chase victor Quotica de Poyans from Phillipa Shirley-Beavan’s Bonchester Bridge stable is a likely favourite.

The men’s equivalent has 17 entries, with course victor Briscoe Place, trained for Jedburgh owner Alec Dawson and his daughter Kate Campbell by former National Hunt jockey Iain Jardine, sure to attract support.

The NPPA Club Members’ race at 3.30pm has also attracted the afternoon’s biggest entry of 26. Fife trainer Nick Alexander may saddle Commercial Express in this contest, while One More Look carries the hopes of James Muir.

What promises to be a good afternoon’s racing concludes with two maiden divisions of 23 and 22 – taking the total number of races to eight.