CHANNEL 4 television will broadcast Kelso’s feature race when racing returns to the Borders track for the second meeting of the season on Saturday.
Alongside racing from Cheltenham and Catterick, the station will show the £15,000 EDF/ER Fallago Rig handicap chase – the highlight of what promises to be another exciting seven-race card.
French energy company EDF/ Energy Renewables sponsor for the second year running and head of onshore construction, Don Mackay, will make the presentations after what is sure to be a competitive race.
David Pipe’s travelling staff were full of praise about their visit to Kelso a fortnight ago, and head north again from their Somerset base with a team which includes Alderluck – returning to action after finishing fifth in the Devon National at Exeter in March. Another interesting contender is four-time course winner Super Ally, trained at Lockerbie by Andrew Parker for East Lothian owner Ray Green.
Racing gets underway at 2.05pm – with gates open at 12.05pm – with a National Hunt maiden hurdle race, sponsored by Racing UK, who now broadcast all live coverage from the course.
James Ewart, who has recently installed a Tapeta gallop at his Langholm yard, could have his first runner of the autumn campaign in the shape of highly-regarded home-bred bumper winner Ueueteotl. Nicky Richards has entered unbeaten pair Eduard and One For Hocky, along with Duke Of Navan
The main supporting contest on Saturday’s card is the Clifford and Martin Firth memorial novice chase.
Run over 2m 6 ½ f, the race is sponsored by the Firth family from Morecambe, for the much sought after Marshall Trophy.
Donald McCain fields two interesting contenders in winning hurdler/point-to-pointer Sydney Paget, and Kruzhlinin, who won twice over hurdles at Perth last spring. Sue Smith’s Fill The Power has an entry, having already landed a beginners’ chase at Sedgefield back in May
The Doyle family are also hugely supportive of the Borders track, and generously sponsor a race in memory of James’s father - the Peter Doyle handicap hurdle.
Hunters Belt formed part of a Perth double last month for Hawick trainer George Bewley, while Jimmy Walton’s spring Hexham scorer Rupert Bear has an entry in this and the penultimate beginners’ chase.
Alnwick trainer Rose Dobbin has a number of entries in the novices hurdle race at 4.30pm, including Irish point-to-point runner-up Markem, who is by top jumps sire Beneficial. Hawick’s Iain ‘Scobie’ Jardine introduces another ex-Irish pointer in Five Bucks, who was sent off favourite in his last outing between the flags.
Isle of Skye is hugely supportive of Scottish racing supplying spirits to all five Scottish courses through their firm Ian Macleod. Isle of Skye also sponsor the leading owner, trainer, and jockey awards at Kelso throughout the season.
Company chairman, Peter Russell, and his wife Edith will make the presentations - hoping daughter Lucinda can take home the winning prize money for this beginners chase.
Former top jockey turned trainer Chris Grant has pencilled in two entries - William Money and Molaise Lad, who both carry the black and white stripe colours of David Armstrong.
Scotland’s leading jumps trainer Lucinda Russell also has two entries in Legbeforewicket and Porridge, who was fourth on his chasing debut at Perth last month.
Edinburgh City Football Club, who have been sponsoring at the course for 18 years, again return for their annual outing, supporting the concluding conditional jockeys training series handicap hurdle race, which is part of the Racing Excellence Initiative.
The Edinburgh Club is headed by Donald Scott who will be make the winning presentations in a competitive event which sees Penrith trainer Dianne Sayer, - successful with Cool Baranca at Musselburgh on Monday - double-handed with Solis and Worth A King’s, while her mother Evelyn Slack is represented by Scriptwriter.