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Monday, January 14, 2012


Kelso staged Britain’s first hunters’ chase of 2013 on Sunday 13 January and Cheshire raider Cottage Oak won in impressive fashion at odds of 11-4 under Irishman Paddy Gerety in front of a 1500 crowd at the wintry Borders track.

Trained by Joe O’Shea for owner Richard Hewitt, Cottage Oak captured the CGA Foxhunter Trial Open Hunters’ Chase to receive a quote of 14-1 from Paddy Power for the CGA Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

“He will go to Cheltenham and he will take a lot of beating on better ground,” said O’Shea after Cottage Oak’s four-length victory.

Our Joey (8-1) gained a deserved victory for Bonchester Bridge father and son George and Jonothon Bewley in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier).

“He’s proved himself today. I’ve always thought a lot of him and he’s been a bit unlucky,” said a delighted George Bewley after Our Joey’s 13 length success.

Grand National-winning jockey Daryl Jacob steered 8-11 fav Fentara to victory for the Tim Walford yard in the British Stallion Studs/TBA EBF Mares’ Novices’ Chase.

Duke Of Navan (7-4), ridden by Brian Harding, looked a smart prospect for Nicky Richards in the novices’ hurdle and Saddle Pack, the 10-1 outsider of six, won the Electricity Network Solutions Handicap Chase for Jimmy and Catherine Walton.

Mansonien L’as (5-2) won the Isle Of Skye Blended Scotch Whisky Handicap Chase for Ferdy Murphy and James Reveley, reeling in the Sandy Forster-trained Soul Angel in the dying strides for a thrilling success.

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