Brechiner Mike Guthrie was celebrating yet another win this week, as he enjoyed success as a member of the Tay Valley Chasers Racing Club.
The group had been at the Carlisle Racecourse last Thursday, and had great cause for celebration when their horse Prosecco, ridden by Peter Buchanan, won a close and exciting finish in the feature race of the day.
Prosecco is owned by the 110 strong members of the Perth based Tay Valley Chasers Racing Club, and 24 of them made the journey to cheer on their star.
Club spokesman George Godsman said: “He had been out of form this season so far but must have heard we were considering retiring him and he was having none of it.”
The win marks the second win for Mike in as many weeks, as Ryton Runner had success at Musselburgh. Much like that win, Mike missed out on being at the course, but four or the nine other Brechin members travelled to watch Prosecco.
Prosecco is stabled locally at Lucinda Russell’s Arlary House Stables at Milnathort. Lucinda, ably supported by assistant trainer and former jockey Peter Scudamore is having her best season ever.
Prosecco has been an absolute star for the Tay Valley club, his Carlisle win was his sixth for them, winning some £45,000 in career prize money. Despite being 12 years old he retains the enthusiasm of a far younger horse and will attempt to follow up his win at Perth’s National Hunt Festival in the idyllic setting of Scone Palace Park on April 23.
The club is no one horse outfit. They also have multiple winning hurdler/chaser Wild Geese and they have recently acquired four year old Maraweh, purchased at the October 13 Tattersalls Sales for £25,000, who will make his debut in a novice hurdle at the upcoming Perth Festival.