Feature chase victory for Fife-trained gelding

ISLA Pearl Fisher recorded a Scottish success in the feature handicap chase at Kelso’s well-supported evening fixture on Wednesday, writes Hilary Mactaggart.

Trained in Fife by Nick Alexander, the gelding powered up the run-in to claim the Simpsons Malt 150th Anniversary handicap chase.

There was a second Scottish win when Humbie made a victorious return to hurdling to account for a competitive Waverley TBS handicap hurdle race. In the colours carried to a second Scottish National success by Merigo recently, the 5-1 chance stormed home in the hands of Timmy Murphy, whose in-laws Ray and Anita Anderson Green own the gelding.

Clovenfords jockey Ryan Mania made every yard of the running to land the Gordon Thomson Retirement handicap hurdle race on Dr Flynn.

“This was the first time I’ve ridden him,” explained Ryan.

The 8-1 chance came home three-and-a-quarter lengths clear of 4-1 favourite Glenn Na Ndochais, trained at Hawick by Alistair Whillans and ridden by son, Ewan.

Hot favourite Fine A Key was first to show in the opening NSPCC School Service maiden hurdle race, but came under a strong challenge on the stand side rail from Hi George, who went on to make a victorious hurdling debut for Cheltenham winning jockey Harry Haynes.

Just four went to post in the Timeform Horses to Follow Extra novices’ handicap chase, with Freddie Brown the early leader.Upthemsteps was upsides at the last and went on to score by a length for Worcester trainer Ian Williams.

Jockey Tristan Davidson made a remarkable recovery after Tommysteel almost came to grief at the penultimate fence, and was rewarded with victory in the concluding Eildon Stables novices hunter chase.

Racing returns to Kelso on Thursday night.