Dumfriesshire builder races at Cheltenham

Scott Lowther on Toledo Gold. Credit: Scott Lowther.

A Dumfriesshire builder has beaten hundreds of applicants to compete in a once in a lifetime charity race at Cheltenham.

Scott Lowther, the director of a construction company in Waterbeck, raised more than £20,000 for two charities: the Bob Champion Cancer Trust and Hannah Francis Willberry Wonderpony.

The 43-year-old has only been riding for eight years, but leapt at the chance to compete on one of horse racing's most famous tracks.

He was the oldest of the eight riders who were chosen to compete against celebrity riders, including Olympic Champion showjumper Nick Skelton.

Scott (in red) made a winning start. Credit: ITV Border

Scott and his horse, Toledo Gold, got off to a winning start and led the field... then things got tough.

He wound up finishing twelfth of twelve riders, but raised more money than anyone else, and was immensely proud of his horse.