Lights, camera, action, at best small Scottish course

AYE WELL Ridden by James Reveley wins at Ayr 10/2/15'Photograph by GROSSICK RACING 07710461723
AYE WELL Ridden by James Reveley wins at Ayr 10/2/15'Photograph by GROSSICK RACING 07710461723

Channel Four broadcast live from Kelso on Saturday, televising three major races for the first time at the Borders track.

Racecourse director Geoff Adam has been inspirational in this major fixture, which boasts an impressive £100,000 prize-pot, and sponsors the valuable three-mile handicap chase in memory of his late wife, Liz.

Beeves aims to follow up his Newcastle success for St Boswells owners Paul and Clare Rooney, who sponsor the Thakeham handicap hurdle in which Any Given Moment could make a belated seasonal appearance for Greenlaw-based Sandy Thomson.

Long-standing supporters John Smiths back the £22,500 novice handicap chase with parent company, Heineken. Kim Bailey was on the mark at the Cheltenham Festival and he could strike with last month’s Ludlow scorer Gallery Exhibition. Jonjo O’Neill’s Oscar Fortune would be an interesting contender.

David Stevenson of Ashleybank Investments sponsors a race in memory of racecourse chairman Reg Tweedie and his wife, Betty. Aye Well has been in great form for Selkirk’s Stuart Coltherd, winning two of his last three starts, while Orsippus is a previous Grade 1 winner at Aintree and should go well for Northumberland trainer Michael Smith.

Iain Reid, of precision engineering firm Abbey Tool and Gauge sponsors the opening handicap hurdle race when Cartmel trainer Jimmy Moffatt may saddle Captain Brown. George Charlton has booked Czech jockey Jan Faltejsek for Lord Usher, who hasn’t raced since last June.

John and Lorna Irving of the Jedforest Deer Park continue their long-standing sponsorship of the day’s third handicap hurdle race. Having scored at Ayr in early January, Cadore will bid to add to an already successful season for Glenfarg’s Lucy Normile.

Kelso has recently been crowned best small racecourse in Scotland and the north, and to celebrate the racecourse award, an anonymous sponsor backs the concluding bumper. Big River was an encouraging second on his debut at Newcastle last month for Lucinda Russell. Malcolm Jefferson’s newcomer Gulley’s Edge could be a useful recruit.

Racing comes under orders at 1.45pm, with televised coverage of Scotland v Ireland for rugby supporters.