Angus stakes pay off at Kelso

Angus Milan paid the Christmas expenses for connections when landing a touch in the feature race at Kelso on Thursday.

Trainer Donald McCain: 1000th winner of his career.

Trained by Noel Kelly and ridden by Derek Fox, he was backed into 8/1 from 14s before slamming Ascot De Bruyere by eight lengths in the Children's Immunology Trust Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

Kelly, whose other runner Better Back Bracka came second in the opener, said: "He jumped well, travelled well and stays well. He ran well at Navan last time and he's our second winner at Kelso.

"We've won a few quid and it would have been more if the other horse had won! We love coming across to Scotland as the hospitality if great and we will be back at Ayr on January 2."

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Lucy Alexander rode her first winner since a recent return from injury when scoring on Jolie Crickette for her father Nick Alexander in the Good Luck In 2017 Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

"I damaged my shoulder again at Ayr about five weeks ago and it took longer than normal this time," the winning rider said. "I spent a bit of time at Jack Berry House in Malton and it is a great facility and certainly proved a big help."

On the final action of the year north of the border, Scottish handlers Lucinda Russell and George Bewley were also on the mark.

Russell struck with Marcus Antonius in the 2m 2f handicap hurdle while Bewley took the concluding amateur riders' handicap hurdle with Forty Crown.

There was another milestone in the first race when Will Kennedy-ridden Lough Derg Jewel supplied Donald McCain with his 1,000th winner.

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