Grand National winner One For Arthur wows Kelso race crowd

National Winner One For Arthur wowed the crowds at Buccleuch Cup & Family Day, Kelso at the weekend

By Gordon Brown

Families were out in force for Buccleuch Cup & Family Day at Kelso Races on Monday 10th April. It was five deep around the paddock at as 2,400 racegoers crowed around to catch a glimpse of Randox Grand National hero One For Arthur.

Enjoying his return to the saddle after Saturday’s 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.

Above: One For Arthur looking amazing parading for the Kelso crowd at the weekend.

“Lucinda 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.

Above: Scotwell wins the Hunter Real Estate Investment Managers Handicap Chase

The evergreen eleven-year-old comes alive at the borders track where he has twice been runner-up in the Scottish Borders National.

“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 bad!”

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 bad!”

Leonard Kerr, based close to the defunct racecourse at Bogside, near Irvine, owns and trains Brewin Dolphin Buccleuch Cup winner Havana Jack.

Above: Havanna Jack, winner of the Brewin Dolphin Buccleuch Cup

“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.

Children and parents alike enjoyed the numerous activities laid on for kids in the Family Zone, with an Easter Egg Hunt, face painting and a bouncy castle to keep everyone entertained. The sun shone and a great day was had by all!

The next meeting at Kelso is on Wednesday 10th May. Gates open at 12.10pm and the first race is due off at 2.10pm. Tickets available at www.kelso-races.co.uk. Be Part Of It.

Above: Team One for Arthur.
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