McCoy and Holywell head field

Champion jockey Tony McCoy, who attracted a bumper midweek crowd to Kelso for his final ride at the Borders track, received a rousing reception after securing win number 204 of the season.

The legendary “AP” rode Cheltenham Gold Cup prospect Holywell to head the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase, running his rivals ragged with an impressive 25-length victory last Thursday.

Another notable victor was Glingerburn, who completed a hat-trick of wins to head the feature Timeform Morebattle hurdle race. Unbeaten over hurdles, the winner carries the colour of Carlisle racecourse chairman James Westoll.

Meadowcroft Boy adopted an early lead in the hands of Hawick jockey Craig Nichol, with the Alistair Whillans-trained gelding finishing an undisgraced third.

Nicky Richards and Brian Harding were back in the winners’ enclosure an hour later to complete a victorious double at the meeting, after Warriors Tale cruised home for a comfortable 10-length success in the penultimate Kelso Annual Members handicap hurdle race.

Under a well-judged ride from Hawick jockey Tom Hamilton, Douglas Julian proved a popular local winner of the concluding Linglie open hunter chase. The 13-year-old is trained at Galashiels by Katie Scott, who has just been granted a full licence to train, and provided her with an emotional first success under Rules.

Endless Credit saw out the trip well to head the opening Kelso Annual Members novice hurdle race, while William Money took the Monteith Memorial handicap chase for Durham trainer Chris Grant.

Racing returns to Kelso on Saturday, February 28.