For however long I train I doubt many winners will give me as much pleasure as brother Jamie getting up in the shadow of the post to win the Hunter Chase at Perth last night on the aptly named Backontheroad.

Backontheroad in the evening sun at  Scone

Backontheroad in the evening sun at Scone – I do believe I almost tipped the 22-1 winner here yesterday – judging by his reception a few noticed!

In winning the race he also won the long sought after Dudgeon Cup, a prize we have been aiming at for many years but most particularly the last 15 since “himself” became our stepfather.  Adding to the memorable win was the fact that the race was sponsored by yard patron Geoff “the ladies who” Bruce and his father Bill – great stuff but I am afraid Jamie made it so exciting that I became a little carried away in the committee room – many apologies to any who witnessed this eccentric behavior!  Earlier in the evening Bertie Milan ran an well to finish 2nd in the feature 3m Chase, Another Mattie also ran well to be 4th but Here’s to Harry rather like some of his siblings seems to be taking forever to learn his job, at least he finished and his wind operation appears to have been successful.  No runners today as Isla Pearl Fisher was pulled out on account of the ground being softer than he likes, he has now had a setback and will need a break.

The winning jockey unsuccessfully attempts to stop his age being broadcast across the course - Perth, indeed Scotland's oldest winning jockey for some time I suspect

The winning jockey unsuccessfully attempts to stop his age being broadcast across the course – Perth, indeed Scotland’s oldest winning jockey for some time I suspect