MEMBERS of local racing club Tay Valley Chasers were celebrating their star chaser Prosecco’s victory at Ayr last Thursday in the two-mile Novices Handicap Chase, at the rewarding odds of 7/1.
Yes the champagne was flowing after the horse made a 431-day comeback from injury to win the race going away by thirteen lengths at the first time of asking.
Local members Mike Guthrie, Ewan Haggart, Ken and Dek Reid paid tribute to the skills of the horses handler Lucinda Russell, who trains at Milnathort just outside Perth.
Mike Guthrie said: “It takes consummate skill to bring a horse back from such a long lay off, never mind winning at the first attempt .”
The horse will now be trained for the Perth Festival of Racing which takes place at nearby Scone Palace Park (April 27 and 29).
Lucinda Russell has, of course, this years ante post favourite for the grand National in Silver By Nature (14/1), owned by St Johnstone Football Club chairman Geoff Brown. Geoff will be hoping there is no a game on that day !!
Tay Valley Chasers Racing Club is 78 members strong, with many members from Brechin and Angus and two horses at present in Paddy’s Honour and three times winner Prosecco.
For just £300 per year members have many of the benefits of ownership without the crippling costs. To learn more contact Managing Partner George Godsman @ email@example.com “