Horse Racing

76 images Created 24 Dec 2017

Horse Racing in Scotland has produced a wealth of talent in recent years, from professional jockeys who have started on the local point to point circuits, through to a Borders based Grand National winning syndicate in 2017, trained by Lucinda Russell at Perth, proceeding jockey Ryan Mania's victory in the race in 2013.

Scottish Racing 2016 report stated that the National Hunt arm of the sport 'generates £302 million of revenues…£30m of tax revenues every year, most of which goes directly to the Scottish Government.'

The images in this series have been gathered from the Scottish Borders where the horse is a symbol of identity within the region due to the deep rooted tradition of the Common Ridings. The local racing circuit reflects that enthusiasm for the mammal, and the presence of Foxhound packs in the region has provided a Point to Point steeplechase circuit which has enabled young talent to be nurtured. Ryan Mania, from the Borders town of Galashiels, won the Grand National in 2013, the first Scottish jockey to do so in 117 years. Mania is now huntsman of the Berwickshire Hunt.

Scotland is a country associated for Golf and Rugby, yet more people actually attend professional race meetings, in excess of 300,000, second only to football.
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