No ‘Wild Geese’ chase!

TAY VALLEY CHASERS, a race club with many Brechin members, had reason to celebrate recently as they secured a local victory.

At Perth Races Family Day in the grounds of Scone Palace Park, on July 10, their latest acquisition, Wild Geese, was victorious in the opening Two Mile Novice Hurdle.

Wild Geese is, like the club’s other multiple race winner Prosecco, trained by Scotland’s top trainer Lucinda Russell, at Arlary House stables in Milnathort.

Wild Geese cost his original owners £280,000 as a yearling, was sold on last year for £25,000, and then came up at the Doncaster sales in April, where he was shrewdly snapped up by Tay Valley Chasers for just £8,200.

He had never won a race in his life before being bought by the club but the four-year-old obviously was invigorated by the Perthshire air, as his first run for the club at the end of June he came in a promising fourth, before being victorious in Perth on July 10.

Member Ken Reid from Brechin said: “This is very special as this is the club’s first win at it’s “spiritual home.”

“Although we have had four winners since the club’s inception in 2007, this is the first at Perth.

“It is important as most of the club members are based in Tayside and seeing the colours carried to victory here is what it is all about.”

Wild Geese will now try and follow up his initial success at Perth’s next meeting on July 26 or 27.

Members of Tay Valley Chasers only pay £300 per annum to enjoy the benefits of ‘the sport of kings’, and seeing the many happy faces in the winners enclosure yesterday they all think it’s a snip.

There are still a few shares remaining in the club, if anyone is interested they should contact George Godsman on 07885 593255 or gagodsman@hotmail.com

Pictured are Wild Geese, jockey Campbell Gillies and members of the club