By Gordon Brown
LOCALLY-based Sandy Forster saddled a quick-fire 25/1 double at Kelso on Monday courtesy of Lowanbehold and Charlie Snow Angel.
The former landed the featured Hunter Real Estate Investment Managers Handicap Chase in the hands of Tom Willmott while the latter scored in the Manners Le Garcon D’Or Handicap Chase just half an hour later for Jamie Hamilton.
Forster, who is granddaughter of the late Ken Oliver, said: “I’m delighted for Lowanbehold as he likes racing off a light weight and he probably wouldn’t have got in the Highland National at Perth next week.”
Lucy and Nick Alexander teamed up to win the Borders Carers Centre Handicap Chase with 14/1 top-weight Always Tipsy who saw off fast-finishing Beau Sancy by a length.
The winning trainer said: “Lucy said he was idling in front and was a horse that had to be played late over hurdles. Perth next week will probably come too soon so it looks like a return here in May is on the cards.”
James Ewart-trained Calix Delafayette sprung an upset in the opening Duncan & Margaret Sinclair Memorial Novices’ Hurdle.
The 3\1 on favourite Delire D’Estruval trailed in fourth and winning jockey Brian Hughes said: “James has done a good job with him as he has had a wind operation and was his first run since the autumn.”
Diamond Brig, bred and trained by Wendy Hamilton, was an impressive winner of the Brewin Dolphin Buccleuch Cup under her son Tom, brother of Jamie.
Mrs Hamilton said: “I was so nervous I didn’t watch much of the race! He’s a lovely big horse and we were a little concerned about him jumping these bigger fences out of the testing ground but Tom said he was absolutely fine.”
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