MELROSE Boy gave St Boswells owners, Paul and Clare Rooney, their third victory on the trot to head the opener at Cheltenham, last Sunday.

Under a fine ride by Hawick jockey, Kieron Edgar, the five-year-old posted a comfortable six-length success in the conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle race. Edgar has a fantastic record in the race – Melrose Boy’s success marking his fourth win in five years.

The victory was also the third consecutive race win for trainer, Harry Fry. “It’s been a lucky race for us and, as with our previous two winners (of this race), he has broken his maiden tag so remains a novice and we have all options open for him,” explained the Dorset trainer. “Kieron walked the course and the plan was always to keep him wide."

The previous afternoon, the Rooneys also had a winner at Uttoxeter, when Saint Ladylime won the mares’ novice chase on November 18.

It was their second success in two days, after Chu Chu Percy, trained in Hawick by Alistair Whillans, landed the three-mile handicap hurdle race at Newcastle the previous afternoon. Chasing could now be on the cards for the 6-1 chance.

The Borders couple were also successful at Bangor on November 15, when If The Cap Fits justified favouritism to head the 2½-mile novice hurdle race.

On heavy ground the same afternoon at Ayr, Blainslie owner, April Strang-Steel, also celebrated success when Lough Derg Jewel carried her colours to victory in the2½-mile novice handicap chase.

The gelding – consistent over hurdles and previously placed in three of his five starts in Irish points – was making a victorious debut over regulation fences after 219 days off.

Hawick jockey, Blair Campbell, rode the Lucinda Russell-trained Emissaire – a €24,000 purchase last June – to land the concluding bumper.

Meanwhile, Glasgow handler, Jim Goldie, saddled Lord of the Glen to take the five-furlong nursery on the all-weather at Newcastle. The 11-8 favourite produced a gutsy performance to score by half-a-length under in-form Irvine jockey, Danny Tudhope.

Keith Dalgleish added another Scottish winner to the tally when German Bight secured a 7-1 win on the all-weather at Southwell, on November 16, for the Carluke handler.

Ayrshire jockey, David Allan, also rode Midnight Malibu to win the five-furlong sprint.

There was a further success for Keith at Newcastle on November 17, when Chanceanotherfive won the concluding bumper at 3-1.

Langholm trainer, James Ewart, saddled Jassas to take the opening two-mile novice hurdle race, providing the first leg of a double for champion jockey Richard Johnson.

The former French Flat winner, having his first start for 528 days, was making a victorious debut for the yard

On the all-weather at Chelmsford, Danny Tudhope completed a double. He rode red Cymbal to win the six-furlong novice stakes, before partnering Rayaa to land the 1m 2f handicap.

At Fontwell, on November 19, Raven’s Tower posted a 6-1 win in the two-mile handicap hurdle race for the 'Faithful Friends.'

Hawick jockey, Jamie Hamilton, scored an 8-1 victory on Rhythm of Sound in the conditional jockeys two-mile handicap chase at Leicester on November 20.

Another Hawick jockey was also in winning form on the Flat the same afternoon. Jason Hart rode Invincible Ridge to a 6-1 win in the opening division of the six-furlong handicap on the all-weather at Wolverhampton, while Danny Tudhope took the second division aboard 5-1 chance Rapid Ranger.