Today’s racing

Kelso’s meeting today features the William Hill Handicap Hurdle (2m5f) in which six runners go to post.

Having finished second on his handicap debut last month, the Donald McCain-trained The Con Man looks to have plenty of potential. The seven-year-old sports the colours of Tim Leslie, owner of Overturn and Peddlers Cross.

An intriguing runner is the Nick Alexander-trained Lake View Lad, who is making his first hurdles start since 2016.

The field is completed by Ben Haslam’s River Frost, Newtown Boy (Keith Dalgleish), Bialco (Lucinda Russell) and Mcgowan’s Pass (Sandy Thomson).

Plumpton also race over jumps today while Wolverhampton stage an all-weather meeting.

Grand National-winning owner Betty Moran dies

Betty Moran, the owner of Grand National winner Papillon, has died at the age of 89.

She also bred the Grade 1 performers Unique Bella and Hard Spun.

Papillon was trained by Ted Walsh for Moran and his son, Ruby, was in the saddle when the gelding struck in the 2000 edition of Aintree’s showpiece.

Ted Walsh, speaking to the Racing Post, said: “She was a wonderful woman. I regarded her as my fairy godmother. Without her I’d never have had what I regard as the best day of my life in racing – Papillon winning the Grand National with Ruby riding him.”