It WAS a great end to the season at Perth Racecourse on Thursday for Brechin’s Mike Guthrie.
Mike is a partner in the County Set four partnership, which owns the staying novice hurdler, Ryton Runner, the four-year-old son of Sadlers Wells.
At Perth races last week, Ryton Runner ran over three miles and took on 10 flights of hurdles.
He was bought out of the John Gosden yard for only 12,000 Guineas at the October Horses in Training Sale at Newmarket last year by Scotland’s leading trainer Lucinda Russell and her partner, eight times champion jump jockey Peter Scudamore.
He was prepared for his jumping campaign at their Arlary House Stables in Milnathort.
He has taken to his new life like a duck to water.And after finishing placed three times at Perth this summer, he struck gold last week with a 12 length success over a decent field of novices over three miles bringing down the curtain down on a great first season at Scone Palace.
To add to the sense of occasion he was ridden to victory by Peter’s son, Tom Scudamore.
Mike Guthrie took the plunge into the exciting world of racehorse ownership having previously been a member of the Tay Valley Chasers Racing Club, who count at least 10 Brechiners as members.
During the post-race celebrations, Mike said: “This is like a dream come true to actually own a share in a racehorse who wins like that at my local racetrack”
It is hoped Ryton Runner will add to his win tally in the coming month as he races as Kelso, Musselburgh and Ayr.