Racegoers delighted to see National winner
By Gordon Brown
FAMILIES were out in force for the Buccleuch Cup and Family Day at Kelso Racecourse and it was five deep around the paddock as 2,400 racegoers crowded round to catch a glimpse of Randox Grand National hero One For Arthur.
Enjoying his return to the saddle after the big race at Aintree was Derek Fox who said: "I've never finished a staying race so strongly; it was like passing parked cars. I actually thought I'd hit the front too soon but he stayed on right to the line. "Lucinda (Russell) does a great a job with these staying chasers and he was trained to the minute. It was a great feeling to pass the post in front."
Scotswell gained his third course and distance win when fairly romping away with the Hunter Real Estate Investment Managers handicap chase in the hands of Danny Cook.
The evergreen 11-year-old comes alive at the Borders track where he has twice been runner-up in the Scottish Borders National.
Trainer Harriet Graham, who went on to record at 65/1, said: "He's probably the favourite horse in the yard and we bred him ourselves as well. He loves Kelso; he was second in October to One For Arthur and that form isn't working out too badly."
Leonard Kerr, based close to the defunct racecourse at Bogside, near Irvine, owns and trains Brewin Dolphin Buccleuch Cup winner Havana Jack.
"I'm a semi-retired auctioneer so I'm in the process of taking out a permit now I have more time on my hands," said Kerr.
Havana Jack was partnered by Ryan Nichol, whose brother Craig won the previous race for Inverurie handler Jackie Stephen.
The next meeting at Kelso is on Wednesday, May 10.