Teenager wins top award
A Hamilton teenager is racing ahead with her career after picking up a prestigious graduate award.
Sophy Scott travelled to Newbury to be presented with the British Racing School’s Twelve Club Award as the best female trainee graduate of the school last year.
The Twelve Club is a group of racing enthusiasts who have been supporters of the school for many years, with the winners being selected by the staff of instructors at the BRS.
Having had no family background in racing, the 19-year-old is now working for the most successful racehorse trainer in Britain, Mark Johnston.
The former pupil of Glenlee Primary and Hamilton Grammar decided to try her hand at racing rather than accept the offer she had for a place as a business management student at the University of the West of Scotland.
She said: “I took riding lessons as a child at Roundknowe Farm, Uddingston, since the age of eight. I completed one week’s work experience with trainer Linda Perratt at Jackton stables and it was at that point I knew what I wanted to do.
“I continued helping out at Linda’s yard, gaining valuable experience, and began the foundation course at the BRS in March 2017.
“In the May of that year I joined the team at Kingsley Park and progressd to the position of assistant yard manager with Mark Johnston Racing (MJR).”
Sophy was delighted to pick up the award for her achievements and said: “I believe the award is a great incentive for young people looking to leave racing school to work hard and be consistent in their new jobs.
“It’s a real incentive to continue progressing, setting high standards and keeping a good work ethic.
“I’m also keen to travel and since starting at MJR I have taken horses racing in Germany, France and Ireland and look forward to hopefully many more countries.
“Mark has an amazing yard here in Yorkshire. It runs like clockwork. Each day, I feel privileged to ride such talented horses.
“There are many opportunities to learn and progress within this yard too, so I hope to gain more responsibilities and travel to many more places with his horses.
“I am already assistant yard manager to one of the yard managers at Kingsley House, which has taught me a lot about horses and people.”
Record breaker Trainer Mark Johnston
Passion Assistant yard manager Sophy Scott with No Lippy at Deauville in France