ON JUST his third start for Greenlaw trainer, Sandy Thomson, Full Jack romped to a 10-1 win in the £40,000 Edinburgh National last Saturday.

Selkirk jockey, Rachael McDonald, donned the colours of East Lothian owners, Ray and Anita Anderson Green, to bring the gelding home nine lengths clear of his nearest rival at Musselburgh’s Scottish Cheltenham trials festival.

“I am delighted for the horse as he gave his all for me,” said the winning jockey. The trainer’s wife, Quona, added: “It was the plan all along to go for this race and the blinkers have made all the difference.” The sole Scottish runner in the line-up, he did Scotland proud.

Milnathort trainer, Lucinda Russell, saddled Kepies Myth to head the two-mile handicap hurdle race. “He has been running well and Derek (Fox) said a good pace would suit him,” said Lucinda. “He’s a big strong horse and has the scope to go chasing next season.”

At Wetherby the same afternoon, Black Pirate won the concluding bumper for Langholm’s James Ewart.

St Boswells owners, Paul and Clare Rooney, completed an across-the card double when Barney Dwan won the novice chase and Musselburgh and Red Rising headed the three-mile handicap hurdle race at Wetherby.

Racing returned to Musselburgh on Sunday, where the in-form Rose Dobbin added another success to her seasonal tally. The Alnwick-based trainer saddled Attention Please to take the handicap chase. “He would nearly have won last time and he seemed suited by the different tactics that Ryan used on him today,” said the trainer’s husband and former Grand National winning jockey, Tony Dobbin.

Hawick jockey Craig Nichol and Borders owners, Paul and Clare Rooney, both ended January with a dual successes. Craig completed a quickfire double to head the first two races on the card at Ayr. He rode Sweet as Candy to a 4-1 win for Alnwick trainer, Rose Dobbin, in the opening maiden hurdle race, on January 31, and then partnered Uncle Alistair to victory for the Rooneys.

Sweet as Candy, a winning Irish pointer, carried the colours of the trainer’s parents, Sarah and Duncan Davidson and Uncle Alastair was marking his third victory from three completed starts.

Iain Jardine saddled The Delray Munky to a 9-1 win in the mares’ handicap hurdle race. The Carrutherstown-based handler saw his charge cruise home 15-lengths clear.

Lucinda Russell landed the concluding bumper with Precious Cargo, which was just as impressive on his racecourse debut.

The Rooneys second success came on the all-weather at Newcastle, where the Keith Dalgleish-trained Good Boy Alfie was the 16-1 winner of the seven-furlong novice stakes in the hands of Hawick jockey Rowan Scott.

Renfrewshire trainer, Jim Goldie, also had a winner at the track, when Oriental Lily justified favouritism to take the five-furlong handicap.

Keith Dalgleish began February in winning form. The Carluke handler saddled Ray Purchase to head the six-furlong handicap at Southwell on February 1 – and the three-year-old was 8lbs higher than when winning over seven furlongs on the same track the previous month.

Rose Dobbin’s Alnwick stable is in great form and the Northumberland trainer sent out another winner on February 2, when Planet Nine won the handicap hurdle race at Catterick, in the hands of Craig Nichol.

Another two Northumberland trainers also had winners at the meeting. Oak Vintage won the novice handicap chase for Ann Hamilton and Toarmandowithlove won the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle race for Susan Corbett and son James.

Two days after his younger brother completed a four-timer at the Jedforest point-to-point, Hawick jockey Jamie Hamilton rode Charlie Snow Angel to a 10-1 win and first under Rules in the two-mile handicap chase at Newcastle.