A BUMPER crowd is expected at Friday’s Selkirk Common Riding Race Meeting at the Rig with a packed card of flapping and supporting races to look forward to.
Jockeys are also in for a treat at this year’s event as the dilapidated weighing room has recently been treated to a makeover, thanks to a substantial grant, just under £11,000, from SBC’s Community Sports Payback scheme.
A roof has been put on and there are replacement windows and doors while modern benches have been added in the changing room. Outside, new fencing has been added and the course is good to go.
Clerk of the course Stuart Hogarth told The WeePaper: “The facilities are looking superb and the grant has been a huge help with our long-term plans and made a big difference to what we have been able to achieve for the venue in the past year.
“We owe a lot of thanks to SBC’s Billy Birse who, in consultation with former committee man Gordon Newlands, helped us gain the required funding.
“There has been a lot of work put into these improvements with people giving up their time on Saturdays and Sundays and so on to help out. We hope for a large turnout this week so that everybody can enjoy the benefits.”
There are eight races on Friday’s card, four professional and four amateur, with the Selkirk Golden Mile and its £1,000 prize once again being the feature race.
Licensed Victuallers’ Handicap (2pm); Jess McWilliams Memorial Trophy (2.15pm); Peatlaw Handicap (2.30pm); William Lees Memorial Trophy (3pm); Standard Bearers Cup (3.15pm); Selkirk Golden Mile (3.30pm); Alexander Munro Memorial Trophy (4pm); Forest Handicap (4.20pm).