Magic moments for Borders racing duo

Hawick's Jamie Hamilton and Katie Scott from Galashiels both picked up prizes  at the Northern Racing Awards.
Hawick's Jamie Hamilton and Katie Scott from Galashiels both picked up prizes at the Northern Racing Awards.

TWO of the region’s up-and- coming horse racing personalities were among the winners at last Friday’s Magic Moments in Northern Racing Awards.

An array of who’s who in northern horseracing gathered at Newcastle’s Marriott Hotel for the glitzy ceremony in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

A large party from the Scottish Borders ensured Katie Scott and Jamie Hamilton received good receptions when picking up their awards.

Katie runs a successful and thriving point-to-point yard near Galashiels and she ‘out-pointed’ Bonchester Bridge owner Philippa Shirley-Beaven and Wooler-based amateur jockey Holly Harper in the quest for the Magic Moment in Northern Area Point-to-Pointing trophy. Katie’s magic moment came courtesy of Moscow Menace who she trained to success in this year’s Buccleuch Cup Maiden Hunter Chase at Kelso.

Hawick jockey Jamie Hamilton was awarded the Magic Moment for a Northern Jump Jockey trophy for his victorious ride aboard 13-year-old Tartan Snow, the 100-1 shock winner of the Aintree Foxhunters’. Jamie beat professional jockeys Danny Cook and Dougie Costello in the pursuit for the prize. This was Jamie’s first ride over the Grand National fences having learnt his trade in pony racing and point-to-pointing, and he had actually rode Moscow Menace to victory in the aforementioned Buccleuch Cup a matter of days after winning the Aintree Foxhunters’. Jamie’s success was made even sweeter by the fact that the horse is trained by Lesley and Stuart Coltherd at Midlem, near Selkirk, and several of the horse’s owners were there to see him collect his award.

Nineteen-year-old Jamie recently joined Venetia Williams successful Herefordshire jumps yard and hopes to turn professional in the future.

Ryan Mania, trainer Sue Smith, and the owners of this year’s Grand National winner Auroras Encore, were also honoured with a new Classic Hall of Fame award, and Ron Barry, the former jump jockey and northern racecourse inspector, was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award.