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By Ben Johnstone
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Trainers to go head to head

TWO horse racing trainers from the region will compete against one another this weekend at a meet in the Scottish Borders.

James Ewart based in Langholm and Iain Jardine at Carrutherstown are both attending Kelso Racecourse, with aspirations to gallop towards victories and big money prizes.

In total there will be nine horses racing from the pair as Kelso hosts a busy schedule in what is one of their final race days of 2019. Eight races will be taking place and four of those will involve both James and Iain as they look to make early statements if they should consider being Grand National hopefuls for 2020.

James and Iain will be rubbing shoulders with some of the best trainers in the country, including Lucinda Russell, who oversaw One for Arthur win the Grand National in 2017.

The first race starting at 1.20 pm will see both trainers enter horses as James will have The Blame Game and The Maestro, whilst Iain has Animore competing against 35 other runners during a two mile course, as they bid to win the £4224 first place prize. This is followed by the Langholm yard putting two horses in the 1.50 pm race as Into The Breach and Bering Upsun seek to perform well with 12 fences to face during the course, with the winner earning £4289. The third race of the day at 2.25 pm will involve James again as he includes Multipede ridden by jockey Brian Hughes as a 16 strong field take on 17 fences for a jackpot prize of £4614 waiting at the finish line of this two mile and seven and half furlong track. Local focus will then turn to the eight hurdle race at 3.35pm in which Iain enters Keep The River and Titus Bolt, while James includes Bullion, as a total of 34 runners seek to land a jackpot of £4289 for achieving a first place finish.

Trainer James Ewart said: “All of our horses are in good order and fit and heading to Kelso will be a fact finding mission for all runners due to it being their first race in a long time.”

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