HAWICK has produced many class jockeys over the years and at Catterick racecourse recently another could have been unfolded.
For on his debut ride, 18-year-old Russell Lindsay made it a dream first time outing as he rode Sambelucky (15/2) to an excellent victory.
This was a splendid achievement for the former Trinity Primary and high school pupil, whose parents Alan and Jaqueline Lindsay stay in Douglas Road East.
Talking of his triumph, his delighted mum Jaqueline told the Hawick News: “Russell has loved and had a big interest in horses since he was a little boy.
“He followed the Cornet for the first time when he was a 10-year-old and has always wanted to be a jockey.
“We didn’t know he was having his first ride until the night before the race, so we didn’t have much time to think about it, which was perhaps just as well because we would have been really excited for him. I didn’t see the race, but Russell’s dad watched it in a bookies and had a little bet.
“We’re all thrilled for Russell as he did really really well.”
After joining the local Donald Whillans stables on leaving Hawick High, Russell moved down south to become part of the Keith Reveley set-up near Redcar.
And it was with trainer Reveley that Russell produced the goods with Sambelucky in the 16-horse race at Catterick.
Speaking of his win, he said: “I was very nervous before the race, but I was also thrilled just to be out there for the first time at this level.
“The race was a close one, but we won by a neck and I was really chuffed with this.
“I’m enjoying being at the Reveley stables and hope there are more wins to come.”