Lights shines in Kelso shock

A review of Sunday's meeting at Kelso as Seemorelights won at 66/1 and Mr D. Gittins was suspended for 10 days.

Black Thunder (seen here in his old silks) won the closing hunter chase for new connections

Seemorelights sprung a 66/1 upset for Sandy Thomson and amateur rider Ryan Nichol in the D G Pryde Ltd Novices' Hurdle at Kelso on Sunday.

The Greenlaw raider, making his debut over hurdles, beat evens favourite Red Indian by a length and a half and Thomson said: "I didn't think he should have been as big a price. He was the last lot to go the ring at Doncaster Sales and it was my wife Quona that picked him out."

Nichol's champion conditional younger brother Craig was later on the mark with Bernardelli in the Royal Caledonian Hunt Handicap Chase.

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The 11/1 chance was the second leg of a 38/1 double for Nicky Richards who landed the opener with Progress Drive ridden by Stephen Mulqueen.

Richards said of his feature race winner: "I think 2m 4f to 2m 6f on soft ground is what he wants and we put the blinkers back on to keep him interested."

Lucinda Russell saddled another winner when 12-year-old Bescot Springs scored for the ninth time in his 68-race career in the P & G Allan Catering Handicap Hurdle.

Inverness-born Alexander Thorne was gaining his second win on the veteran and Miss Russell said: "Horses like this are a godsend to trainers like me as all our young lads have learned to ride on him."

Meanwhile, in the closing Eildon Hill Stables Open Hunters' Chase won by Black Thunder, Mr D. Gittins, the rider of second home Dolatulo, was suspended for 10 days by the Kelso stewards after 'failing to ride out on a horse that could possibly have been placed first'.

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