POINT-TO-POINT racing in the Borders gets under way on Sunday when the Jedforest stages its rescheduled 2013 fixture at Kelso’s Friars Haugh course, which has attracted 109 entries.
The first of seven races is off at 12.30pm with a 13-strong members’ race, in which Bonchester’s Di Walton trains Beverley Beck for Northumberland sheep farmer Barrie Wharf, while Waterford carries the hopes of Wendy and Michael Hamilton, who farm at Birnieknowe.
What A Night has won three points for Alison and Gavin Hamilton, now based near Denholm, while Buckstruther has scored eight times for Alistair and Rachel Bell, from Kirkton, and recently recorded his first chase victory in the hands of Hawick jockey Jamie Hamilton.
The Dodson & Horrell PPORA Club members’ race for novice riders gets under way at 1pm, and the 17 entries include Ngong Hills, which won four races under Rules for Chris Grant, while Marfleet represents Di Walton.
Twelve entries have been received for the Brewin Dolphin ladies’ open race at 1.30pm, and include Northumbrian raider Temple Green.
The Jedforest is one of only two meetings in the north to be allocated a qualifier for a new mini men’s open race series.
The first three horses past the post in the Bonhams Men’s open will be eligible for the final at the Hunter Chase Evening on Wednesday, May 1 at Cheltenham Race-course. Any winner of a men’s open race throughout the season will also qualify. It has the largest number of entries on the card, at 20, which include Native Coll, who last weekend recorded his third course success at Alnwick for Fife-based Kit Alexander.
There are 17 entries in the David Merry Farrier restricted race at 2.30pm, including Dust Packer, from Jane Holland’s yard, and Lucky Lane, trained at Kelso by Jane Clark for her husband Tom.
The Jockey Club/Yvette Jelfs PPORA mares maiden race, at 3pm, has 15 entries, with former Sue Smith-trained Heather Glen a possible contender, along with Polobury, from Katie Scott’s in-form Galashiels stable.
The concluding Billy Stenhouse Memorial open maiden race at 3.30pm is for sponsored horses this year, and has also attracted 15 entries, including Tomzatackman, placed twice over hurdles for Jedburgh’s Raymond Shiels
Katie Scott added another winner at last Sunday’s Alnwick fixture, and bids
to add to that tally with Danebrook Lad.
More info at www.friarshaughraces.co.uk and www. northernp2p.co.uk