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Historic race night at Kelso

Thousands expected to head to Kelso for evening meeting Credit: PA

Kelso Racecourse will play host to its first ever evening meeting tonight.

Thousands of racegoers are expected to gather at the historic national hunt course, which has been staging races since 1882.

Gates open at two o'clock, with the first race due to start just after four PM.

In Pictures: Ladies Day at Carlisle Races

The races all consisted of female-only jockeys Credit: ITV Border
Thousands of people turned out for one of the biggest days on the sporting calendar Credit: ITV Border
Ladies dressed up for the occasion Credit: ITV Border
The Ladies Day event is one of the biggest in the racing day calendar Credit: ITV Border
Among the titles up for grabs were the best hat and best dressed awards Credit: ITV Border
Marti Pellow performs with Wet Wet Wet to a 6,000 strong crowd Credit: ITV Border
6,000 people watched the 80s band perform at the races Credit: ITV Border


Ryan Mania on horse he'll ride at Grand National

Ryan Mania (in blue and yellow) in action in Kelso. Credit: ITV Border

Last year's Grand National winner Ryan Mania came second at Kelso yesterday, on the horse he'll ride at Aintree this year.

The Lindean-based jockey came second on Mr Moonshine.

He was due to ride Auroras Encore again in this year's Grand National, but injury has meant the horse will not race.

Ryan Mania came second in the Premier Chase. Credit: ITV Border

Mania at Kelso in Grand National build-up

Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania has been trying out the horse he will ride at Aintree this year.

The Lindean based jockey came second on Mr Moonshine in the Premier Chase at Kelso Racecourse.

Mania had planned to ride at Aintree on Auroras Encore, the horse he stormed to victory on at last years Grand National, but injury meant Auroras had to be retired.

Mania now plans to compete on Mr Moonshine, another horse trained by Sue and Harvey Smith.

He will ride in the same blue and yellow colours he won in last year.

Ex-Boyzone star hails "amazing" night at Carlisle Racecourse

Ronan Keating has tweeted his thanks to the crowd at yesterday's Ladies Night event for what he called an "amazing night."

Thousands turned out for the all female jockey event, where the star was performing in the evening.

Ronan was making the stop off in Carlisle as part of the Cancer Research UK tour.


Ronan Keating en-route to Carlisle Races

Singer Ronan Keating has tweeted his excitement at performing at today's Ladies Night event at the Carlisle Races.

The former Boyzone star is singing at the venue to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Ladies Night to go ahead despite poor weather

The organisers of Carlisle Racecourse say Ladies Night is going ahead tonight as planned despite heavy rain first thing.

Thousands are heading to the biggest event at the Racecourse.

It is the only horse racing fixture in the world to have only women jockeys competing.

It is hoped the weather will improve this afternoon.

And they're off!

Crowds gather to watch the first race Credit: ITV News Border

Several thousand people have turned out to watch the famous Carlisle Bells racing.

The annual event claims to be the oldest sporting trophy in the world.

Crowds watching the action Credit: ITV News Border

Carlisle Racecourse's general manager, Richard Clements, said:

Yachting's America's Cup claims to be the oldest active trophy in international sport dating back to 1851 but it is just a baby compared to the Carlisle Bells.

"The older of the two bells is from the 1580s and we will have international challengers competing for it again here on Wednesday.

"We are incredibly proud of the Carlisle Bell history and tradition, which pre-dates everything in racing and any other sport.

"There have been some tremendous winners and we are again looking forward to a great afternoon's racing again on what is our richest and most prestigious Flat meeting of the year."

Race goers queuing to place bets Credit: ITV News Border
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