First lady of Scots rac­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Fol­low­ing out­stand­ing per­for­mances in showjump­ing in her youth, Linda Per­ratt went on to be­come a top qual­ity am­a­teur rider who won 10 flat races for her pre­de­ces­sor at Cree Lodge, John Wil­son, and Colin Parker of Locker­bie.

Af­ter suc­ceed­ing John Wil­son at the his­toric Cree Lodge Sta­bles at Ayr in 1991, Linda built a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing win­ners at race­courses up and down the coun­try.

Ar­guably, her great­est achieve­ment came in 2009 when her horse Big Timer tri­umphed in the Wok­ing­ham Stakes.

This makes her the only Scot­tish trainer to sad­dle a win­ner at Royal As­cot – an in­cred­i­ble record that Linda still proudly holds to the present day.

She also pro­duced Ho Leng to win the Bunbury Cup at New­mar­ket in what is still a record time and her horse, Ho Choi, ran the su­per­star Rock of Gi­bral­tar to its clos­est fin­ish in the Gim­crack Stakes at York.

Thor­ough­breds school­ing well at her yard in­clude Jinky, Mys­ti­cal King, Sil­ver Rime, Blue Sonic and ju­ve­nile Lit­tle Belter.

North Aller­ton Farm also sta­bles the big­gest race­horse in the UK, Anatopia, mea­sur­ing in at a whop­ping 18.3 hands.

Linda also heads Jack­ton Rac­ing Club – a syn­di­cate of around 15 lo­cal own­ers.

Look­ing back

Linda as a young jockey in 1997 rid­ing Philmist

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