ANDREW Richardson, 45, rolled back the years with the second treble of his career on Dontpassgo, Bonnet Rouge and Step Beyond in Saturday’s Duke of Buccleuch’s fixture at Kelso.
Dontpassgo returned to the scene of his only other win in March 2010 to secure a cosy one-length success over Rapidolyte De Ladalka in the Intermediate Race.
Bill Aitchison’s home-bred gelding found plenty when the chips were down after outjumping the two leaders at the last.
Richardson said: “I switched him off from the top of the hill before pressing the button after two out. He finished full of running.”
Bonnet Rouge, who chased home Newyearsresolution at Corbridge last time, went one better in the first division of the Open Maiden Race.
Handed a narrow advantage when the runaway leader, Georges Street with a fatal injury after five out, Richardson’s mount finally saw off the challenge of Honest And True going to the last and had a couple of lengths in hand at the line.
The home-bred winner is owned and trained by County Durham farmer, Keith Waters.
Richardson completed his treble and, at the same time, lifted his career tally to 90, including six under Rules, on Step Beyond in the second division of the Open Maiden Race. He nursed the six-year-old into contention on the final circuit before taking it up at the last and had enough in reserve to hold off a wall of horses on the flat.
My selection, Mersey came from another parish to finish one length second but, following an objection by the clerk of the scales, was disqualified after Jamie Alexander failed to weigh-in.
His error incurred a £60 fine from the stewards.