Mindrum jockey Nick Orpwood completed a victorious double at a well-supported Jedforest point-to-point on Sunday.
Crazy Diamond opened his account when landing the 11-strong Subaru restricted race at Kelso’s Friars Haugh course.
The 11-year-old is owned by Tocky McKie, from Wooler, and trained by her daughter, Jessica.
“The last time he was here, he was doing dressage and showjumping across the river, with Jessica,” explained her father, Iain.
“Although he’s 11, he’s new to this job, but taking to it really well,” said Jessica.
“He’ll probably have a bit of a break now,” she added.
Orpwood’s second success came in the concluding Billy Stenhouse Memorial open maiden race aboard Mister D.
The gelding was making a victorious debut for Hawick trainer Lesley Bewley, and enjoyed an effortless 12-length victory in an eventful race, where just two of the 12 starters completed.
“We nearly lost him last Christmas,” said Lesley’s husband, George, “and he has taken a long time to come right.”
Hawick jockey Tom Hamilton retained his members’ race title after riding Kalastar to victory for Galashiels trainer Sylvia Scott in the opening Storagexpress and Border Berries contest. The six-year-old was successful at the same meeting last year for owner Kenny Telfer, formerly from Jedburgh.
“He’ll probably go for the Buccleuch Cup, “explained Katie Scott, who is awaiting her full licence to train.
Another former course winner, Ockey De Neulliac, completed a hat-trick of wins when accounting for the Gain Horse Feeds ladies’ open race.
In the hands of reigning Northern Area ladies champion, Catherine Walton, from Northumberland, the gelding held Ninetieth Minute by a length-and-a-half in another thrilling finish. A five-and-a-half hour journey from Cirencester paid dividends for jockey Tom David, who made a victorious course debut to win the Bonhams men’s open race on Woodview Prince.
The 10-year-old is held in high regard by owner Richard Hewitt, who has a novice hunter chase at Leicester in his sights next month.
Another jockey to win on his first visit to the track was Jack Teal, from North Yorkshire.
“It was a lovely course and really suited the mare,” he said, following his win on Rush House in the Charlotte Agnew Eventing & Jockey Club mares maiden race.
Cherry Coward was holidaying abroad and missed the Middleton-qualified Botany Cove winning the Musselburgh racecourse and Royal Dick Vet intermediate race, in an exciting finish.
Racing returns to Friars Haugh on Saturday, March 14, for the Duke of Buccleuch’s fixture.
Members – KALASTAR (T. Hamilton) 2-1; 2, Tambour Major (N. Orpwood) 4-5 fav; 3, Silk and Roses (Miss K. Bryson) 2-1. Three ran. 4l; dist. K. Telfer, Jedforest (Sylvia Scott).
Intermediate – BOTANY COVE (Miss J. Coward) 10-1; 2, Mister Splodge (C. Dawson) 9-4; 3, The Brig At Ayr (N. Orpwood) 15-8 fav. Seven ran. 1l; 2l. Mrs C. Coward and Mr R. Morris, Middleton (C. Coward).
Ladies – OCKEY DE NEULLIAC (Miss C. Walton) 4-9 fav; 2, Ninetieth Minute (Miss E. Todd) 5-1; 3, Tasheba (Miss J. Walton) 20-1. Eight ran. 1 ½ l; 2l. N. Mechie, West of Yore.
Mens – WOODVIEW PRINCE (T. David) 4-7 fav; 2, Cave Hunter (T. Hamilton) 9-4; 3, Monbeg (J. Dawson) 14-1. Five ran. 6l; 4l. R. Hewitt, Flint and Denbigh. (J. O’Shea).
Restricted – CRAZY DIAMOND (N. Orpwood) 13-8 fav; 2, Darlington County (J. Dawson) 7-4; 3, Oscar Stanley (Miss J. Walton) 8-1. 11 ran. 1l; ½ l. Mrs I. McKie, College Valley and North Northumberland (Jessica McKie).
Mares maiden – RUSH HOUSE (J. Teal) 11-4; 2, Comedinewithme (Miss J. Mason) 9-2; 3, Old Roan (N. Orpwood) 7-4 fav. Nine ran. 1l; 5l. Miss G. Lee, Hurworth.
Open maiden – MISTER D (N. Orpwood) 3-1 jt fav; 2, Indigo Island (J. Lyttle) 7-1. 12 ran, only two finished. 12 lengths. Mrs C. Moore, Percy (Lesley Bewley).