Date of Birth: 28/03/1998
Birth Place: Melrose
Race Winning Song: I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers
Young Scot Luke Ruddick steps up after four seasons in the National League to try out Championship racing with the Monarchs.
He is 20 years old, a landscaper, and has appeared in a couple of meetings at Armadale, both in 2017 and one actually guesting for the home team.
“It was a couple of years ago that I rode Armadale but I like coming there, whereas I think a lot of people find it quite tricky. I enjoy riding there.
“I’m quite confident and excited about it and I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction and it’s what I was hoping for.”
So how did a young Scot finish up so far south (previous clubs Mildenhall and Coventry)? “I started riding at Northside, training there, and then second halves at Berwick. I got a place at Mildenhall because I won rounds of the Under-15s and they saw me there. I’ve lived 20 minutes away from there for about the last six months and I enjoy travelling.
“I helped build the track at Duns and I’ve ridden there quite a bit. I’m certainly happy to be in an all-Scottish reserve pair! I’ve never actually spoken to William but me and him will be Scotland’s number 1 and 2! It doesn’t often happen that a reserve pairing are both Scots!”
Regarding machinery Luke says “I’ve changed my frames, I’ve got another engine and invested in the best equipment I can afford.”