Star jockey Sean brightly at Kelso

Martila in action at Kelso.
Martila in action at Kelso.

Sean Quinlan was the star of the show at Kelso on Sunday when he rode a sparking treble on Martila, Dimple and Achill Road Boy.

The in-form jockey started his winning spree when scoring on Martila for Northumberland trainer Pauline Robson in the £20,000 Kristofferson Carpets & Flooring Handicap Hurdle.

Winning owner Ray Green said: “Sean was a very good replacement for Sean Bowen, who got injured at Kempton on Saturday. He was riding to instructions when kicking for home a long way out and the plan for Martila is a mares’ race at Haydock later in the spring.”

Quinlan also took the £25,000 William Hill Leading Racecourse Bookmaker Handicap on Sandy Thomson’s Dimple, who produced a stunning, front-running, jumping performance to score by 20 lengths from three-time Kelso winner Mount Mews.

Greenlaw-based Thomson said: “That was something to savour. He is a tremendous jumper and I don’t know where he will go next but it could be the Cheltenham or Aintree Fesitival, as he’ll take another leap in the handicap ratings after that.”

Achill Road Boy was another winning spare ride for Quinlan as he replaced Selkirk’s Sam Coltherd in the Trial Racing TV For Free Now Handicap Chase.

Choochoobugaloo won the Mares Handicap Hurdle in convincing style and Bernard Henry, representing the Sam England Racing Club, was visiting Kelso for the first time.

He said: “I shall certainly be encouraging the trainer to enter more of the club’s horses here. Kelso’s reputation as the friendliest racecourse is justifiably earned.”

Warren Greatrex, also making the trip for the first time, trained Encore Champs to see off Lord Yeats in the Tarrag Naegel Novices’ Hurdle.

The Upper Lambourn trainer said: “I’ve had a winner here before but this is my first visit. It’s a lovely little track and I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen.

“I’d say Encore Champs is more of an Aintree type than a Cheltenham horse and he could come back here for the Premier Hurdle in March.”

Greatrex could return to Kelso sooner than that, as he and owner Ray Green are plotting to scoop another value prize at the next meeting – thsi coming Tuesday, January 22 – with Mahlervous in the £20,000 feature race, a Class 2 handicap hurdle.

The first of seven races gets under way at 12.55pm, with gates opening at 11am.

The racecourse management team will also be collaborating with local schools and the Borders College, through Developing The Young Workforce Borders, to give a behind-the-scenes tour of the racecourse before gates open and an insight into the career opportunities available in the horseracing and hospitality industries.