Carrigdhoun springs surprise in feature race at Kelso
Last Updated: 06/10/13 4:46pm
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Carrigdhoun, the 3-1 outsider of the three runners in Kelso's feature race, battled to a brave success under Stephen Mulqueen in front of a bumper crowd at the borders track.
Having been headed by Atlanta Falcon at the fourth last, he rallied to lead on the run-in before beating the top-weight by eight-lengths.
The winner is trained in Cumbria by Maurice Barnes, the man on board Scotland's only winner of the Grand National, John Leadbetter's Rubstic in 1979.
Barnes' wife Anne said: "That was fantastic and it's a terrific prize to win. Stephen gave him a great ride but you have to feel sorry for his regular jockey Michael McAllister who is out with an injured knee he damaged at home."
Locally-owned Kitchapoly romped to victory for Jason Maguire and Donald McCain in the Urwin Family Juvenile Hurdle. Leading at the second last, the Cheshire raider slammed Estinaad by five-lengths.
The 7-2 chance carried the colours of St Boswells-based Paul Rooney who said: "He's another decent ex-French horse. He had ear plugs in for the first time today and they have clearly worked a treat."
Maggio won the intermediate hurdle for the second year in-a-row, this time for Derek Fox, a 21-year-old claimer from Sligo who is about to join Lucinda Russell.
Fox brought Maggio through on the run-in to pip long-time leader Our Joey by a length and three-quarters and is is now set to revert to chasing next month.
James Griffin, son of winning trainer Patrick Griffin, said: "We think a lot of this horse and this was always the plan even though he ran at Hexham on Friday. He loves these races at Kelso but we'll look next at a graduation chase at Kempton on November 4."