Scott stars in The River

One of Scotland's latest recruits to the horse training world, Katie Scott, is one of the stars of a new six-part BBC Scotland series, The River.

Trainer Katie Scott

Scott, who trains around a dozen horses from her Stables Cottage yard near Galashiels, allowed BBC cameras to follow her on the racecourse and at her scenic yard in the heart of the Scottish Borders over eight months earlier this year.

Viewers will see how one of the country's youngest trainers copes with the transition from a successful training career in the world of points to points, where she trained regular winners, to all the thrills and spills of National Hunt racing.

"We pride ourselves on being a really open and welcoming yard for our owners so allowing the cameras in to film us was just an extension of that," said Scott.

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"It took a little while to get used to having a crew follow us but very quickly we forgot the cameras and got on with the day to day routine of preparing our horses for the racetrack.

"It was great fun to take part in and we're all looking forward to seeing the results over the next six weeks."

The River, made by Tern Television for BBC Scotland, follows eight months in the lives of people and businesses around the River Tweed. The series reflects many of the local customs and traditions from the Common Ridings to Kelso races, with the importance of horses reflected throughout.

In the first episode, it's mid spring along the River Tweed and cameras follow the Duke of Roxburghe's Floors Stud team, situated close to Kelso Racecourse, as they wait for their final expectant mare to foal. It's the first home birth for several years and one that the entire stud team will be needed for.

Later in the series, we see the Floors stud team heading off to Newmarket where they nervously approach the sale of their most prized asset, a foal by the Mark Johnston-trained Duke's 1,000 Guineas winner Attraction and the legendary Frankel. The yearling subsequently sold for a cool £1.68 million.

The River is on BBC1 Scotland at 1930 GMT on Monday November 7. Viewers outside Scotland can see it on digital satellite Channel 960 or via the BBC iPlayer.

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