Sparkling day at Kelso races for every punter

Racing is back with a bang at Kelso this weekend
Racing is back with a bang at Kelso this weekend

Remember, remember – it’s the Gunpowder race meeting at Kelso this Guy Fawkes Night.

Spectacular racing and fantastic fireworks will provided an explosvie mixture at the course on Saturday.

Gates open at 10.35am and the first race is off at 12.35pm, for another very competitive day’s National Hunt racing – followed by a firework display for racegoers at 5pm.

The feature race of the day, with a total prize fund of £12,000, is sponsored by the Mayfield Restaurant in Hawick.

Scotland’s leading jumps trainer, Lucinda Russell, will fancy her chances of winning this, as she has Imjoeking and Kumbeshwar, who carries the colours of the Kelso Lowflyers!

Langholm trainer James Ewart has been among the winners this autumn and he sends Un Guet Apens up the A7 for his first run since March.

Frank Flannigan has generously sponsored the 2m5f Handicap Chase with a prize fund of £10,000. Dianne Sayer’s Baileys Concerto has been a real money-spinner for his Cumbrian trainer and has winning form at Kelso. Captain Redbeard has course and distance winning form in March and represents Selkirk father and son combination, Stuart and Sam Coltherd.

The first race on the card is sponsored by the Harrow family from Hawick, well known for its ongoing involvement with National Hunt racing.

Plenty more races and attractions will be served up on the day, with the firework presentation follwing the final race. There is a DJ in the marquee for racegoers until 10pm and the Juicy Meat Co. will be providing a hog roast for anyone staying on.

The next race meeting at Kelso will be the Scottish Borders National & Family Day on December 4.