Having twice retired, veteran jockey Will Ramsay returned to the saddle with a victorious double at Saturday’s Lauderdale point-to-point at Mosshouses, near Galashiels.
The 46-year-old Berwickshire rider headed the final two races of an action-packed seven-race card, on a bitterly cold afternoon, to record just the second dual success of his race-riding career.
His first victory was a comfortable five-length win aboard his own Great Gusto in the Whiterigg NPPA Club members race. Will bought the horse on the internet from Worcestershire.
Half-an-hour later, he was back in the winner’s enclosure when the sole finisher in a drama-packed Musselburgh Racecourse and Royal Dick Vet open nmaiden race, riding Flying Master.
Duns owner Doreen Calder had only entered the 12-year-old to boost numbers, and her stable accounted for two of the three runners.
Her other contender Flying Central, having a first-ever run, was left to the fore when favourite Lay De Brook ducked out at the fourth last, but was then carried out by the loose horse two from home.
The winning jockey, who rode the course with a video-cam on his skull cap, said the success had fuelled his enthusiasm.
“I’d love to race against my 15-year-old daughter, so I may just keep going,” he joked.
Hawick jockey Tom Hamilton rode his 40th point-to-point winner after getting Chandos up by three-quarters of a length in the Bentley Homes open maiden for four, five, and six-year-olds.
The winner is trained at Greenlaw by Quona Thomson for James Adam, who also has horses under Rules with her husband, Sandy.
Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd saddled Damiens Dilemma to win the opening Baro Castlecoole Border Hunts Club members race.
The winner was the only one of three runners to finish, providing Denholm jockey Harriett Bryce with a second race-riding success.
Oscar Stanley followed up his Braes success when getting up by a neck to take the A F Noble & Son ladies open race for Northumberland owner Diana Blythe.
The winner was gaven a great ride by Hawick jockey Joanna Walton, whose mother Diana trains the gelding.
After a run of seconds, Ballyvesey finally gained that elusive victory, with a well-deserved success in the McTear’s men’s open race, in the hands of Drew Holmes.
Northumberland jockey Amie Waugh rode Dannanceys Hill to a four-length victory in the Watson Seeds restricted race. The win equalled a person-best for the jockey, who was celebrating her fourth victory this term.
Racing was preceded by some competitive pony racing.
Thirteen-year-old Charlie Todd rode Little Anne to win the 138cm division, while Connor Murtagh, 15, and Pick Pocket headed the 148cm category.
In the novice section, 14-year-old Abby Robertson posted a first-ever win, riding Morgan.
Members - DAMIENS DILEMMA (Miss H Bryce) 3-1. Three ran, one finished. R Miller-Bakewell, Duke of Buccleuch’s (S Coltherd)
Open maiden, four to seven-year-old, - CHANDOS (T Hamilton) 6-1; 2, Catchamat 5-4 fav; 3, Sound Barrier. 2-1 Five ran.J Adam, Berwickshire (Q Thomson)
Ladies Open - OSCAR STANLEY (Miss J Walton) 4-1; 2, Temple Green 7-2; 3, Rolecarr. 4-5 fav Seven ran.Mrs D Blythe, Jedforest (D Walton).
Men’s Open - BALLYVESEY (D Holmes) 6-4 fav; 2, Boy in Bangkok; 3-1 3, Indian Print 4-1. Five ran. J Adams, Percy (D Holmes).
Restricted - DANNANCEYS HILL (Miss A Waugh)5-4 fav; 2, Paddy’s Wish 2-1; 3, Moyacomb 6-1. Six ran. T Leslie, Morpeth (A Waugh)
NPPA Club members - GREAT GUSTO (w Ramsay) 3-1; 2, Annie Aces 7-4 fav; 3, Back on the Road 5-2. Seven ran.W Ramsay, Berwickshire.
Open maiden - FLYING MASTER (W Ramsay) 2-1. Three ran, one finished. Miss D Calder, Berwickshire.