LIE FORRIT proved a popular and emotional victor of Kelso’s feature £30,000 Royal Caledonian Hunt Veterans’ handicap chase on Sunday.
The gelding was previously ridden by the late Campbell Gillies, who tragically died in 2012, and carries the colours of his family – grandfather John McNeill, uncle Crawford McNeill and his mother Lesley Gillies.
Posting his second win from three outings over fences this season, Lie Forrit produced a gutsy performance to hold the challenge of Sandy Thomson’s Harry the Viking, who was far from disgraced in defeat.
The Scottish National is now the intended aim for Lucinda Russell’s charge.
Half-a-hour earlier, the local crowd had further cause for celebration when Shades of Midnight opened his account over timber with an impressive success in the Newcastle Arms Coldstream novices’ hurdle race.
The former bumper winner is trained at Hawick by Donald Whillans for the Borders-based Pottasium Partnership, and was ridden to a two-and-a-quarter length win by his son, Callum.
Read full report in Thursday’s Southern Reporter.
12.40 – DONNA’S DIAMOND (D O’Regan) 11-8 fav; 2, Ballyboker Breeze 11-4; 3, U Name It 6-1. Eight ran. C Grant, Co Durham.
1.10 – TONVADOSA (J Maguire) 5-2; 2, Silverton 6-4 fav; 3, Southway Star 7-1. Five ran. D McCain, Cheshire.
1.40 – SHADES OF MIDNIGHT (C Whillans) 4-1; 2, Thorpe 13-8 fav; 3, Vinnie Red 2-1. 11 ran. D Whillans, Hawick.
2.10 – LIE FORRIT (P Buchanan)15-8 fav; 2, Harry the Viking 17-2; 3, Summery Justice 9-1. Eight ran. L Russell, Milnathort.
2.40 – SNUKER (Miss L Alexander) 7-2; 2, Kilquiggan 6-1; 3, Omid 9-1. Nine ran. J Ewart, Langholm.
3.10 – MEDICINE HAT (J Colliver) 14-1; 2, Scrafton 5-4 fav; 3, Deep Resolve 100-30. Seven ran. G Moore, N Yorks.
3.40 – NOWURHURLIN (N Orpwood) 11-1; 2, Darsi Dancer; 3, Cappa Bleu 10-11 fav. Seven ran. Mrs S Stilgoe, N Yorks.