David Bass enhanced his strike-rate at Kelso to three wins from just eight rides when landing the £25,000 Belhaven Brewery Limited Handicap Chase on Kim Bailey's Dandy Dan, his only mount on the card, writes Gordon Brown.

The 6-5 favourite was just over a length down in second place when I Just Know fell two out and Bass said: "I'd probably have won anyway as my horse still had plenty left.

"He got a bit low at a few but he's still only a novice. It's his first proper race and he looks progressive."

King Golan defied a 7lb rise for his recent course win when storming home under Sean Quinlan 13-lengths ahead of Bocasien Desbois.

The winning Tyneside trainer and former jump jockey Kenny Johnson, considered himself fortunate to be at Kelso, having made good progress after a serious fall around a month ago. He said: "I was hedge-hopping with an old retired hunter and he fell, landing on top of me. He broke all my ribs, punctured a lung, fractured my shoulder and crushed my liver. It was worse than any fall I had during my whole career!"

Of King Golan, he added: "He needs aggressive riding and Sean has ridden him perfectly twice in a row. He's just needed time since coming over from Ireland and Sean has been good at making his mind up for him."

Quinlan went on to complete a double when he successfully teamed up with Dianne Sayer's Iolani for the third time in a row in the 2m handicap hurdle.

The jockey said: "He had heavy ground winning form with Willie Mullins in Ireland so we thought that was what he wanted. It turns out he's better on this type of going and he's also gained a bit of confidence with the two wins at Sedgefield."

Though very easy to back beforehand, Goldencard confirmed his bumper promise when beating Thelongwayaround by nine-lengths in the opening maiden hurdle for the Keith Dalgleish/Brian Hughes combination.

Part-owner Richard Gilbert said of his 11/8 winner: "He's nice and chasing will be his game. We fancied him to win his bumper here in September but he was raw and green and got outstayed.

"He wants decent ground and will go for another national hunt novices' hurdle and then miss the heavy winter conditions."

The final race of the day was won by Selkirk jockey Thomas Wilmot, riding Chanceiton for the Grand National winning trainer Lucinda Russell.

An extra race will be added to Kelso’s programme on Saturday, November 10, to create a bumper 8-race card, after the British Horseracing Authority requested an additional steeplechase following Musselburgh’s decision to stage an all-hurdle card on November 7.

The first race is now due off just before midday.