On the Rails

Na­keeta is a real star for Scot­land

Ayrshire Post - - SPORTS -

Well done Sco­bie! Iain Jar­dine’s bril­liant Ebor win­ner Na­keeta may not have won Tues­day morn­ing’s Mel­bourne Cup but he did Scot­land proud run­ning on to fin­ish fifth and pick up £ 102,000 in prize- money.

The gam­ble of trav­el­ling 10,000 miles to com­pete in the world’s rich­est hand­i­cap paid off for the Jar­dine team and what an achieve­ment it was for all con­cerned with the Dum­friesshire yard that they came so close.

Up un­til two years ago Iain trained out a small yard in Bonch­ester Bridge in the Bor­ders av­er­ag­ing around eight win­ners a sea­son on the Flat.

He then leased the for­mer Lenny Lungo yard in Car­ruther­stown near Dum­fries and last year had 36 win­ners. This term he has so far recorded 47 on the Flat and a fur­ther 15 over jumps. His Flat earn­ings are al­most £ 630,000 and his sta­ble num­bers have in­creased to more than 50.

It is a huge suc­cess story and thor­oughly de­served for Sco­bie and his hard work­ing team.

There was an early morn­ing party at the sta­bles in Dum­friesshire on Tues­day for staff and friends to watch the race and Iain and a cou­ple of grooms were at Flem­ing­ton Park to see Na­keeta in the flesh.

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