Horse Racing: Berwickshire Point-to-point preview

Action from 2015 Berwickshire Point-to-point at Friars Haugh with Floors Castle in the background
Action from 2015 Berwickshire Point-to-point at Friars Haugh with Floors Castle in the background

Point-to-point racing returns to Friars Haugh, Kelso on Sunday for the Berwickshire Hunt fixture, with a seven race card starting at 1pm.

Gates open at 10am and prior to racing proper, there will be two Joint Hunt rides over a beautiful Jamie Innes designed course.

Rory Innes, outgoing Master of the Berwickshire Hunt, who will be co-ordinating the presentations for a final time, says: “The entries look competitive and are sure to provide some fast and furious racing.

“There is always a fun atmosphere, the hunt rides will add a wonderful extra spectacle and the children’s hobby horse races make a return by popular demand.”

Great Gusto was not beaten far in third place at the recent Duke of Buccleuch’s meeting and must go close again in the opening Border Hunts Club Members Race. Barachois Silver, Ocarina and Danehills Well are the pick of his rivals. The latter landed the Cumberland Farmers Restricted Race at Dalston on Easter Monday.

Hands On Scarlet and the locally trained For Yes were both placed in their respective Maiden contests at Friars Haugh earlier in the month and appear to have the Open Maiden Race between them here.

The Ladies Open entries are headed by Pena Dorada and Beggar’s Velvet but they are likely to run in a Kelso Hunters’ Chase on Saturday. In their absence, the hat-trick seeking Sharivarry could strike again.

The TBA Mares Club Members Race has five entries. The winner is likely to come from either Barachois Silver or Catherine Walton’s selected mount, dual Alnwick scorer Catchamat or Strategic Island.

Rossini’s Dancer can repeat his Duke of Buccleuch’s win in the Men’s Open Race under Kit Alexander. The other six entries, Will Ramsay’s Pyjama Game, Senor Alco, Badger Foot, Allthekingshorses, Barrick’s Hill and Royal Chatelier are also entered in the NPPA Club Members Race for veteran and novice riders.

Paddy’s Wish shaped well when placed on his reappearance at Overton and can land the concluding Subaru Restricted Race from S For Estuary.

The leading jockey at Friars Haugh over the season receives the Rainy Brown Trophy and heading into Sunday’s decider, Sam Coltherd and Tom Hamilton currently share top spot on 7pts.

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