He’s behind you ... and galloping up the inside

PAPILLON (Five Star Taxis) win the Borders Barmy Army Pantomime Hores Race at Kelso 15/10/11'Photograph by John Grossick
PAPILLON (Five Star Taxis) win the Borders Barmy Army Pantomime Hores Race at Kelso 15/10/11'Photograph by John Grossick

Racing returns to Kelso on Saturday with an exciting and valuable card, preceded by the fourth running of the Borders Barmy Army pantomime horse race at 1.15pm.

The first run is off at 2.10pm, with gates opening at 12.10pm.

Fourteen pantomime horses go to post in the popular R. P. Adam race, each sponsored by Border businesses in aid of local Macmillan Cancer Support and The Fire Fighters Charity.

Feature race of the afternoon is the £17,000 EDF/ER Barmoor handicap chase, sponsored by the French generating company.

Trainer Donald McCain holds two entries for St Boswells owners Paul and Clare Rooney – Beeves and recent Southwell scorer Abbey Stormboth, while Gleann Na Ndochais is bang in form for Hawick handler Alistair Whillans.

Well-known Borders and Edinburgh family, the Harper Gows, continue their support, backing a competitive two-mile handicap chase. Leading Scottish jumps trainer Lucinda Russell aims Hallmark Star at this, while Greenlaw trainer Sandy Thomson could saddle Oscar Lateen on his seasonal debut. Hawick handler Alison Hamilton pins her hopes on Some Lad.

The Firth family from Morecambe, of Urgewain Motors, make their annual trip to Kelso and sponsor the novice chase in memory of racing enthusiasts Clifford and Martin. Donald McCain holds a strong hand – accounting for three of the seven entries.

Another family celebration is for Robert and Irene Thompson, who sponsor the handicap hurdle race. Jimmy Moffatt is set to saddle Captain Brown, a 40-1 runner-up in this race 12 months ago.

Mason Hindmarsh, trained near Newcastle by Karen McLintock, also bids to go one better after his close second over course and distance on Kelso’s recent Sunday card.

Yetholm trainer Sandy Forster has entered No Such Number, while Hawick handler Iain Jardine bids to go one better with recent course runner-up Push Me.

Geoff Adam, chairman of R P Adam and a racecourse director, not only backs the charity fundraising efforts of the Borders Barmy Army and the pantomime horse race, but also sponsors the novice hurdle race.

Lucy Normile had a huge-priced double on the Flat at Ayr recently and bids to continue her winning form with Dunleer Dixie.

Jedburgh-based Harriet Graham is represented by Macgillycuddy.

Isla Pearl Fisher – also entered in the long-distance handicap chase – is trained by Nick Alexander, whose daughter Lucy suffered a broken collarbone at the last meeting.

Racing concludes with the Saracen conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle at 5.40pm, where 19 entries include Thorlak from James Ewart’s Langholm stable.