Heartwarming success for Wot A Shot at Musselburgh

A view of Musselburgh Racecourse

Wot A Shot carried the colours of a charity racing syndicate to a popular success at Musselburgh on Monday.

Trained by Nicky Richards, the 10-year-old is owned by the Multiple Sclerosis Borders Racing Club – set up by Rhona Elliott in 2004 after she had to retire from being a professional trainer after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The syndicate was established with the objective of raising awareness of the MS Society UK and Scotland, and connections were understandably thrilled after Wot A Shot justified 7-2 favouritism in the Betway Handicap Hurdle.

Elliott told Racing TV: “We now call it the Multiple Sclerosis Society, because some people think M&S stands for Marks & Spencer, which is something completely different!

“We’ve been going for 15 years. I started the syndicate off when I was diagnosed with MS about 30 years ago and I was given Diamond Mick, who I trained.

“Rose Davidson as she was – she’s now Rose Dobbin – rode the first winner at Kelso and this will be the 22nd winner in the 15 years, with 25 seconds. It is amazing.”

She added: “These are the Multiple Sclerosis Society colours and what people don’t realise is there’ll be a lot people sitting at home in wheelchairs and they know the colours and they’ll be watching the horse.

“It’s for everybody that’s sitting at home and cheering for the horses to give them a boost.

“We have a huge membership now with about 44 members. Nicky Richards, who has been training for the last four or five years, gives us such pleasure.”