Brechiner Mike Guthrie had a great end to Musselburgh’s National Hunt season last Monday, when Ryton Runner secured his second career win.
Mike is part of the County Set Four joint ownership. They race Ryton Runner, who is a staying handicap hurdler.
The six-year-old son of Sadlers Wells raced well in the sea air at the East Lothian track, winning the three-mile handicap hurdle by a head in a pulsating finish.
This win – his second – followed up his success in Perth where he secured a 12-length win in 2012.
Ryton Runner has proved a shrewd purchase by Mike, being secured for only £12,000 from John Gosden’s Newmarket yard in October 2012.
The horse is trained by Scotland’s leading National Hunt trainer, Lucinda Russell, and her partner, eight times champion jump jockey Peter Scudamore, at their Arlary House Stables at Milnathort.
Ryton’s win gave Lucinda her 53rd win of the season, and she is now only 10 winners off Lenny Lungo’s Scottish record.
The only low point from the win at Musselburgh, was that Mike was not able to be at the event, as he is currently working in Siberia, although it is reported he was glued to the computer.
Ryton Runner will be looking for his third win in April when he will be starring at the Scone Palace track’s festival meeting.
Hopefully by then, Mike will have returned to Scotland to encourage Ryton on to victory.