Keeping it in the family with Kelso winners
Husband and wife Sandy and Quona Thomson both saddled winners at Kelso races on Monday.
New Vic’s 25-1 victory in the prestigious Borders Carers Centre Buccleuch Cup maiden hunter chase, gave Greenlaw-based Quona a first win under Rules, and an hour later Sandy sent Imperial Prince to an 8-1 success in the Langdale Bloodstock handicap hurdle race.
The gelding, who cruised home 10 lengths clear of Damiens Dilemma after a dramatic last fence unseating by the well-fancied Ardea, carries the colours of Duns owner/breeder Peter Dale.
The 10-year-old was making a victorious hunter chase debut, having won a point-to-point last month over the river at Friars Haugh.
The chestnut evented to novice level before embarking on a racing career, and had 19 months off after a tendon injury.
Not to be outdone by his wife, Sandy Thomson was also in the winner’s enclosure an hour later with Imperial Prince.
Lowanbehold followed up his previous course success nine days earlier with another impressive performance to win the Manners FW Award Le Garcon handicap chase.
The gelding was again ably ridden to victory by Hawick jockey Jamie Hamilton, to post a second success from three runs over fences.
Hawick handler George Bewley posted a fourth success on the card for Borders trainers, after Whats Up Woody landed the Lyntoun Taxis East Lothian handicap chase in the hands of his son, Jonathon.
Having jumped fluently throughout, he produced a game performance in the closing stages to win by three-and-a-half lengths, following up his Hexham success.
Sharp Rise dominated in the opening Duncan Sinclair Memorial novices’ hurdle race to post a nine-length success for Northumberland trainer and former ladies’ point-to-point champion, Pauline Robson.
Richest race on the card was the Eildon Hill Stables handicap chase, where Nakadam justified favouritism to land the spoils for Ayrshire handler Mike Smith.
He held the gallant Fiddlers Reel – who ran a blinder at Haydock last month for Kelso owner/trainer/breeder Jane Clark – by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
Generous Pet justified favouritism with an easy 14-length victory in the concluding Green Tree Hotel Peebles conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle race, to complete a hattrick for Cumbrian trainer Kenneth Slack.
2.10 – SHARP RISE (J Reveley) 9-4; 2, Our Thomas 11-4; 3, Bako De La Saulaie 40-1. 11 ran. Miss P Robson, Northumberland.
2.40 – LOWANBEHOLD (J Hamilton) 13-8 fav; 2, Clan Chief 4-1; 3, Gin Cobbler 8-1. Six ran. Miss S Forster, Yetholm.
3.10 – NEW VIC (Miss R McDonald) 25-1; 2, Damiens Dilemma 7-2; 3, Senor Alco 28-1. 11 ran. Mrs A Thomson, Greenlaw.
3.40 – NAKADAM (R McLernon) 9-4 fav; 2, Fiddlers Reel 5-1; 3, Harry the Viking 7-1. Seven ran. R Mike Smith, Galston.
4.10 – IMPERIAL PRINCE (S Fox) 9-1; 2, Maggie Blue 12-1; 3, Landecker 9-2. 14 ran. A Thomson, Greenlaw.
4.40 – WHATS UP WOODY ( J Bewley) 7-2; 2, Harleys Max 13-2; 3, Amilliontimes 18-1. 12 ran. G Bewley, Hawick.
5.10 – GENEROUS PET (J Colliver)7-4 fav; 2, Stoneham 7-1; 3, Kumbeshwar 16-1. 11 ran. K Slack, Cumbria.