DUMFRIES-SHIRE trainer Iain Jardine hit the big-time on August 26, when Nakeeta rewarded his continued faith to land the prestigious £177,000 Ebor handicap at York.

The Carrutherstown stable is in cracking form – also securing a double at Cartmel the same afternoon – and Nakeeta was a worthy 12-1 winner, having repeatedly finished runner-up on his recent outings.

It was only beaten a short head in last year’s Chester Cup, and Iain remained confident the day would come for Janet and Alex Card’s runner.

“You have to keep the faith,” he said. “He’s been a bit unlucky once or twice, but he’s been progressing all the time,” said Iain.

“We didn’t quite get into the race last year, but he’s got in this time and taken his chance. I always thought it would be a race to suit him as he’s a strong traveller, and Callum (Rodriguez) has given him a superb ride.”

Over the jumps at Cartmel, Ross Chapman had completed a double for the Hetland Hill stable, riding Golden Jeffrey to a 21-1 win in the two-mile novice hurdle race, and River Icon to land the mares’ handicap hurdle.

The Ebor victory was the second successive big win for Iain Jardine, who had saddled Sepal to win the £24,000 Lanark Silver Bell at Hamilton the previous afternoon. She landed the spoils in emphatic style to also complete her third victory on the trot.

The winner was ridden to success by Langholm jockey Jamie Gormley, who is unbeatable form.

There were a number of Scottish successes on August 25.

At Redcar, Danny Tudhope completed a victorious treble.

The Irvine jockey rode Mon Beau Visage to win the one-mile handicap and State Residence to head the six-furlong handicap.

He also partnered Insurplus to win the seven-furlong handicap for Renfrewshire trainer, Jim Goldie.

Hawick jockey, Craig Nichol, rode Shake It Up to win the three-mile handicap chase at Cartmel, while Rowan Scott, also from the Borders town, posted a 10-1 win on Unite the Clans in the 1m 3f handicap at Windsor.

Another Scottish trainer to land a valuable race was Carluke handler, Keith Dalgleis,h who saddled Whatsthemessage to land the feature £23,000 handicap at Hamilton, on August 24. The 7-1 chance clinched victory by a head in the colours of owner, Ronnie Docherty.

Contesting her longest trip to date, the three-year-old battled gamely to the line to complete a victorious hat-trick, having won on her last on her last two starts.

Another Scottish jockey in the winner’s enclosure at Hamilton on August 25, was Jason Hart, from Hawick, who rode Lisheeen Castle to an 80:1 win in the one-mile novice stakes.

Glasgow handler, Jim Goldie, also had a winner at Hamilton on August 24, when Rioja Day was the 12-1 winner of the apprentice handicap. “He is probably well handicapped as he saves a wee bit for himself,” said the Renfrewshire trainer.

“An easy lead helped and soft in the ground is key,” he added.

Northumberland jockey, Catherine Walton, rode Berry De Carjac to a 20:1- win in the amateur riders handicap hurdle race at Stratford the same afternoon.

At York, in-form Irvine jockey, Danny Tudhope, rode Lincoln Rocks to an 8-1 win in the concluding seven furlong fillies handicap at York.

Hawick jockey, Tom Hamilton, rode a winner in Ireland on August 22.

The 21-year-old won the concluding bumper at Sligo on Chess Grand Master, trained by his boss Joseph O’Brien.

The in-form Iain Jardine also had a winner at Carlisle on August 23 when Yes You headed the six-furlong sprint in the hands of Langholm jockey Jamie Gormley.

The pair were deprived of a double when Desert Ace was pipped by a nose in the five-furlong handicap.

Ayrshire jockey, David Allan, won the seven-furlong stakes at York aboard 10:1 chance Wells Farrhh Go.

Allan also had a winner at Beverley, on August 29, riding Bollin Ted to head the first division of the 1m 2f handicap. Danny Tudhope won the second division on Pioneering, securing him a double, having earlier ridden Rousayan to win the opening claiming stakes.

Jason Hart also rode Shaheen to head the five furlong nursery handicap.

Keith Dalgleish sent Hamidans Girl from his Belstane Stables to win the five-furlong handicap.

Danny Tudhope was back in the winner’s enclosure on August 28, riding Hee Haw to win the six-furlong handicap at Ripon.