There is massive excitement ahead of the final day of the racing season at Hamilton Park Racecourse on Monday.
Local trainer Keith Dalgleish goes into the season finale at the head of the Trainers Championship.
The former jockey from Hawick and his team – who are based at Belstane Racing Stables in Carluke – are out in front at the top of the season’s table.
Incredibly the relatively small outfit is leading the way ahead of renowned trainer Richard Fahey.
Irishman Fahey, who is based in Yorkshire, has had another fantastic spell, with 200 winners this year and just recently bagging £3million in prize money for the season.
Last Saturday, across three different meetings, he had six winners including an impressive four-timer.
Keith has been going well over the last two seasons and is on schedule to get close to last season’s total of 70 winners which was a modern day record for a Scottish flat trainer.
The pair will both have runners at Hamilton Park Racecourse on Monday’s card and it is sure to be an exciting finale to a fantastic season for the course.
It would be an incredible achievement for the Lanarkshire outfit to pip Fahey.
Clerk of the Course, Hazel Peplinski, said: “Monday’s racing is gearing up to be a fantastic climax to the season here at Hamilton Park Racecourse. The lure of having Keith going for glory at his local course will be a great one for punters and racegoers looking for a bit of drama. It is sure to be an exciting day no matter the outcome.”
The highlight of Monday’s exciting seven race card will be the £25,000 EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes (Class 2).
As well as the leading trainer award the winner of the owner’s championship will also be announced on the day, with the winning owner’s colours set to be flown above the grandstand for 2016.
Ireland based Thistle Bloodstock Ltd lead the way with Jackton Racing Club in second. Last year’s winning owner Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum is currently in fifth.
The fantastic Jockey Hub will also be making an appearance at the course on Monday. The mobile van is jam packed with information on the jockeys and offers punters the chance to meet the riders and get their autographs.
Record numbers of race-goers have flocked to Hamilton Park this season and been entertained by high quality racing attracted in part by increased prize money which saw a £900,000 pot up for grabs.
Visitors to the venue during the 2015 season were also able to enjoy free Wi-Fi, upgraded hospitality suites and grandstand, and increased provision of poor weather cover.