DIANNE SAYER enjoyed a one-two in the feature race at Kelso as well-backed Iolani, ridden by Conor O’Farrell, led home stable companion Frightened Rabbit.
The Cumbrian raiders were separated by two and a quarter lengths in the £16,000 Weatherbys Hamilton Handicap Hurdle.
Sayer, who is based just outside Penrith, said: “Iolani won today but it could have different for ‘Rabbit’ as he was badly hampered by a loose horse between the last two flights. It’s great that we have benefitted from someone else’s misfortune but that’s racing for you and it’s nice to do so well in a Class 2 race.”
Due to two horses slipping up, both were unharmed, the next race was delayed by almost 35 minutes while sanding of the track took place.
Hawick-based former jockey Paul Robson saddled a winner with his first runner as a trainer when Flamboyant Joyaux took the Racing Welfare Handicap Chase under Ryan Mania.
Along with his father, Robson runs a funeral director business although he is keen to increase the number of jumps horses he has in training.
He said: “I’ve taken over the training side from my father and we have a secret weapon in a gallop, which is over seven-furlongs long. Our main income comes from the funeral business but racing is my passion and hopefully we can expand that side of things.”