THOSE hardy souls who braved the heavy rain on Saturday night were treated to some first-class entertainment at the annual Mosstroopers race meeting.
Good fields and close finishes were the order of the day for the popular event.
The first race on the card was the 6 furlong Denholm Stakes, kindly sponsored by Elite Decor.
Burnie Brae was set off even money favourite in the hands of Wayne Hogg and he duly obliged with an easy one-length victory from Footloose who had won at Selkirk the previous day and newcomer Rockavan back in third.
The next race was the big race of the evening, The Mosspaul Handicap. Run over a mile the race was sponsored by Jock Reid’s and Sue Campbell who was celebrating her 50th birthday.
This saw only three runners but what it lacked in number it made up for in quality and excitement.
Odds-on favourite Volare set a fast early pace with Selkirk’s Golden Mile winner Just a Dream and On The Edge waiting in the wings.
And as they approached the final furlong it looked as if On The Edge was going to win until a late surge by Just a Dream’s jockey Gary Berridge got him up on the line to win by a neck, with Volare third.
Next up saw six runners go to post for the Lilliesleaf Handicap – sponsored by the High Level Bar and Turnbull & Scott – run over 1 1/4miles. Once again a fast pace was set, this time by That’s Right and Springtide and favourite Rockstar following closely behind.
Turning for home it looked as if Rockstar would take the spoils but the never-say-die attitude of Margaret Kane on the outsider Woodhall Tarasbay who got up on the line to win by 1/2 a length.
The final race of the evening, the Cavers Handicap – sponsored by D and CR Landworks – was run over 7 furlongs and had a field of seven runners.
It went the way of Langholm-owned Moodla Point – another winner from Friday at Selkirk, who ran on strongly to hold off Tri-Star and Band Of Gold and give jockey Gary Berridge a double on the night.