Gordon Brown – Race Reporter
Gordon has a wealth of experience of racing through his background in the written and broadcast media. His current principle role is reporting and supporting the scene in Scotland on Racing TV and relaying the latest news with Scottish angles.
Potterman was a first Kelso winner for both Tom Cannon and Alan King after battling to victory in the Paxtons For Kverneland In The Border Handicap Chase.
The top-weight, sent off at 5-1, edged out Empire Steel by three-quarters of a length in the 3m 2f contest.
Cannon, who teamed up with Lanarkshire-born King at the Cheltenham Festival with Arkle Trophy scorer Edwardstone, said: “He didn’t jump the last great but he responded well on the run-in. The wind surgery has clearly helped him and this was was just my second ride here.”
Borders jockey Tom Willmott was delighted after his impressive win aboard Sue Smith-trained Romeo Brown in the £30,000 Go North Handicap Hurdle Series Final.
He said: “It’s always good to have a winner at Kelso but I suppose Wetherby is my local course now as I’m based with Mrs Smith!
“ I won on this horse at Hexham and he ran very well when second at Carlisle last time – he’s an uncomplicated sound horse who likes to lead and jumps well.”
The featured Herring Queen Series Final Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle went to Nicky Henderson’s top-weight Theatre Glory.
She trotted by by four and a half lengths to supply Nathan Brennan with his first success at the track.
“I haven’t ridden her before in a race but I schooled her the other day and was brilliant today,” Brennan said.
Racing was delayed for some 30 minutes after Conner McCann suffered a heavy fall in the second race.
The air ambulance arrived but he was transferred to Borders General Hospital by road after his condition wasn’t as bad as first feared.