So close to a family double after shock 50/1 win for Leslie jockey

Lucy Alexander on Landecker after her shock 50-1 win at Kelso
Lucy Alexander on Landecker after her shock 50-1 win at Kelso

It was a case of some you win some you lose for the locally based Alexander family on a memorable days racing at Kelso last Thursday.

In the opening David Merry Farrier 2 miles Novices Hurdle, Landecker trained by Nick Alexander at his Kineston stables outside Leslie and ridden by daughter Lucy was a shock 50-1 winner.

Coming from four lengths down at the second last the horse stayed on well under a strong late drive from Lucy to get up in the shadow of the winning post to deny the odds on 4-11 favourite Rainbow Peak by a nose, which is the shortest winning distance you can win by.

The success was all the more sweet for Lucy as this was the first winner for the leading female National Hunt jockey who had only returned to race riding the the previous week after being out for almost two months following a nasty fall at Newcastle Races where she sustained fractures to both her jaw and chin.

An hour later the photo went against the family when for the second year running Or de Grugy ridden by Kit Alexander, the brother of Lucy, came tantalisingly close to winning the Amateur Riders Handicap Chase.

Last year he was beaten by a nose and this time by a short head by the Nicky Richards trained 8-1 shot Mister Marker.

The stable had two other runners in action, Isla Pearl Fisher ridden by Lucy picked up good third place money in the days feature race the 3 mile Ivan Straker Memorial Chase which was won by former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and a leading fancy for this years Grand National, Long Run.

Veteran chaser Noir et Vert, under Kit finished in fourth place in the Hunters Chase.