NUTS WELL returned to a heroes welcome after he recorded a third success in the £40,000 feature race at Kelso on Sunday.
The winner in 2018 and twelve months ago, the Danny McMenamin-ridden 5/1 chance saw off Gold Des Bois by two and a half lengths in the NSPCC School Service Simply Ned Handicap Chase.
Nuts Well is trained in Northumberland by Ann Hamilton and owned by her husband Ian who said: “He’s not very big but boy is he game. He loves his racing and I suppose we’ll go back to Aintree again for the Grade 2 chase he won last year. He’s won today over 2m 1f but he stays three miles so he’s pretty versatile.”
The first two races saw Rose Dobbin complete a 12/1 double with Fete Champetre and Do Not Disturb, who are both owned by her parents.
Fete Champetre won the opening Welcome To Family Day Handicap Hurdle under Sean Quinlan before stable companion Do Not Disturb followed up for Craig Nichol in the RacingTV 100% Profits Returned To Racing Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Dobbin said: “Fete Champetre is a lovely horse and the plan now is to go straight over fences. He would probably have been chasing before now had it not been too firm to get some proper schooling into him.”