The Tweed Valley Racing Club, a syndicate that includes nine members of staff from Simpsons Malt, were celebrating on Sunday after their horse, Mymilan, won its first race.
Mymilan is locally trained by Sandy Thomson at Lambden Stables, Greenlaw, and the Watch Racing TV Now Novices’ Handicap Chase at Carlisle marked the six-year-old’s chase debut and fifth race in total for the Tweed Valley Racing Club.
Ridden by Ryan Mania, the 2013 Grand National winning jockey, he was soon sent to the front and remained there to hold off a strong challenge from Warendorf to win by one-and-a-quarter lengths.
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Mymilan’s victory, a delighted Club Chairman David McCreath, said: “It was an amazing feeling for us to be there at Carlisle on Sunday witnessing Mymilan win for the first time.
“Ryan gave him a super ride and his jumping was foot perfect. Ryan’s decision to lead from the front truly paid off as the horse was brave and kept finding more.
“We cannot thank our two sponsors, Simpsons Malt and Lothian DAF, enough for their continuous support of the club. A special thanks must also go to Sandy and his team who have brought the horse along steadily over the last couple of years.
“Without their hard work, this experience couldn’t have happened. We’d also like to say thanks to Rowan, too, for looking after him so well on the day.”