Renwick hurdles his way to Kelso success

TERI jockey Wilson Renwick won the concluding SIS mares handicap hurdle race on Overyou at Kelso on Monday.

He managed to get the better of long-time leader More Equity, bidding to defend his 2011 title.

The mare fell two out when in the lead at Hexham last time, so gained some consolation when taking the final race of the afternoon at another well-supported meeting.

“She isn’t very big but she’s honest and she stays well,” said winning trainer Chris Grant.

Highland Cathedral lifted the prestigious Buccleuch Cup in a drama-packed maiden hunter chase.

Trained at Thropton in Northumberland by Jimmy Walton and ridden by his step-daughter, Catherine, the gelding avoided the first-fence melee, which quickly reduced the field by four in the Cazenove Capital Management contest.

Risk Assessment jumped right and fell, bringing down Amulree and Hawthorne Bay, while Dontpassgo was pushed wide, ending up jumping the adjacent hurdle.

Catherine Walton is in great form this season, currently heading the Northern Area ladies’ point-to-point championship with eight wins to her credit, and a leading contender for the national title.

She rode a strong finish, to hold the challenge of the heavily backed Beau Traveller.

With two point-to-point victories to his credit, Highland Catherdral was completing a victorious hat-trick, on his first run over regulation fences.

Longest priced winner of the afternoon was 40-1 chance Surprise Vendor, which landed the opening Green Tree Hotel Peebles conditional jockeys handicap hurdle race for Selkirk trainer Stuart Coltherd and Jedburgh jockey Gary Rutherford.

Racing returns to the Borders track next month for an evening meeting on Wednesday, May 2.