Packed Sunday of racing at Kelso course

Simply Ned is hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins in the feature race at Kelso, the NSPCC School Service Handicap Steeplechase.
Simply Ned is hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins in the feature race at Kelso, the NSPCC School Service Handicap Steeplechase.

Principals who represented their towns at the local Common Ridings and Festivals will come under orders in the ever-popular race before racing at Kelso on Sunday.

Gates open at noon, with the Border Principals race at 1.15pm, preceded by two pony races at 12.30pm and 12.35pm.

The race has attracted a full field of 14 and the principals will battle it out over four furlongs to see who will take this year’s crown.

The presentation will be made by Michael Curran from Galashiels, stable lad of Epson Derby and L’Arc winner Golden Horne.

Feature race of the day is the NSPCC School Service handicap chase, at 4.25pm – generously sponsored by Ray and Anita Anderson Green from East Lothian.

With a total prize fund of £22,500 this race is sure to attract a competitive field.

Theflyingportrait, trained in Staffordshire by Jennie Candlish, has been in great form and the grey was very impressive over this course and distance at Kelso’s opening fixture of the autumn

Nicky Richards’ Simply Ned bids for a hat-trick as the Greystoke raider has landed this race for the past two years.

Robin and Sylvia Lees, who have a string of hotels in the Borders, sponsor the two-mile Newcastle Arms Coldstream handicap hurdle race at 2.10pm.

Claude Carter, trained at Hawick by Alistair Whillans, is in great form, having won twice at Perth and Market Rasen. Chic Theatre could bring back memories for Somerset handler David Pipe, whose first winner under Rules as a trainer came at Kelso.

The two-mile maiden hurdle race has attracted 17 entries and Middleham trainer Karl Burke has Flat victor Zainat as a possible contender.

Donald McCain’s Derintoher Yank was second at Kelso’s September meeting and carries the famous colours of multiple Grand National winner Red Rum.

The novices’ handicap chase, at 3.15pm, is the third race of the afternoon. Based at Inverurie, Jackie Stephen is Britain’s most northerly trainer and she has entered Mo Rouge, her first winner two years ago.

James Ewart is a great supporter of Kelso and Touch Of Steel, a hurdle winner on this card last year, is set to make his debut over fences for the Langholm handler.

The fourth race is an intermediate hurdle – sponsored by the Racing to School to thank and remember Cathy Midgley, who worked tirelessly, educating school children about job prospects in the racing industry.

Cathy’s family will be on hand to make the presentations after the race. This was won last year by Hello George, ridden by Richard Johnson and trained by Philip Hobbs.

The last race of another good card is the novices’ handicap hurdle, sponsored by Radio Borders. Station head Lynsey Graham will do the honours before and after what is sure to be a competitive event.

Selkirk’s Stuart Coltherd is represented by Gunner Lindley who was was just pipped at Hexham recently.

Scotland’s leading jumps trainer, Lucinda Russell, has pencilled in Catchthemoonlight who has been placed on his three most recent starts.

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