IAIN Jardine celebrated his third success in two days with an across-the-card double on January 25.

The in-form Carrutherstown trainer added to a winner over the jumps at Kelso, with a winner on the level at Southwell. He sent Cool Mix from his Hetland Hill Stable to head the novice hurdle race at the Borders track, which was staging an additional ‘Burns Day’ fixture.

The comfortable victory also provided winning jockey, Brian Hughes, with the second leg of a treble. On the all-weather at Southwell that evening, he was on Jabbaar to post a 5-1 win in the 1m 4f handicap for a completion of the Jardine double. The five-year-old had moved into contention turning for home and fought bravely to take the spoils.

The previous afternoon, Jardine had sent So Satisfied to land the three-mile handicap chase at Catterick on January 24. The winner produced a gutsy performance to clinch victory by a neck.

The father and daughter combination of Nick and Lucy Alexander were also in winning form at Kelso. Landecker, trained in Fife by Nick, and ridden by Lucy, was the 4-1 winner of the staying hurdle.

The 10-year-old was recording his fifth success at the Borders track. “We’ve probably targeted Kelso as much as anything after Landecker won twice here in his first season,” explained Lucy, “and we’ll keep bringing him back.”

Neighbouring trainer, Lucinda Russell, then accounted for the first division of the bumper with Highland Hunter.

The former winning Irish pointer dug deep to score by a head. “He is very tenacious and has a great attitude,” said Lucinda. “ Although he was headed he wanted to win.”

Final Fling followed up his course and distance success from a 7lbs higher mark, to account for the three-mile handicap hurdle race at Wetherby, on January 23, for Alnwick-based trainer, Rose Dobbin.

“We used to think that he wanted better ground, but it was pretty soft when he won here last time and he handled the going well enough.

“Adam (Nicol) rides him really well,” said the trainer’s husband, former Grand National-winning jockey, Tony Dobbin.

They had a further success at Doncaster, on January 26, when Doktor Glaz justified his favouritism to land the opening novice handicap chase. “Lorcan (Murtagh) gave him a great ride and he jumped really well,” said Rose, who trains the winner for her parents, Sarah and Duncan Davidson.

The Dobbin stable is in great heart, and enjoyed a winner at the same track the following afternoon. Hawick-based jockey, Craig Nichol, rode Slanelough to a 5-1 win in the opening handicap hurdle race.

The winner stayed on well, under a big weight. “He did it well,” said the trainer’s husband, “and will be alright over fences next season.”

Northumberland jockey, Harry Reed, also had a long-priced winner at Cheltenham the same afternoon after riding Remiluc to a 20-1 victory in the two-mile handicap hurdle race.

Hot on the heels of that success, he was back in the winner’s enclosure again at Plumpton the next day after riding Ballyheigue Bay to a 9-1 win in the conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle race.