Gordon Brown – Race Reporter
Gordon has a wealth of experience of racing through his background in the written and broadcast media. His current principle role is reporting and supporting the scene in Scotland on Racing TV and relaying the latest news with Scottish angles.
Champagnesuperover edges Brave Way as Blackmore praises Perth.
Rachael Blackmore was full of praise for Perth after she came second on Brave Way, her first ride at the Scone track on sold out Edinburgh Gin Ladies Day.
The Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey said: “It’s a lovely, fair and flat track and the ground was nice for this time of year. There is great atmosphere and a nice long galloping straight – it’s just a shame I didn’t finish a place closer and be in the winners’ enclosure!”
Brave Way was beaten eight lengths by Champagnesuperover in the DM Hall 125th Anniversary Novices’ Chase and winning trainer Olly Murphy said: “He’s a lovely prospect and we will put him away now for next season. It was a good effort under the penalty and he was conceding nearly a stone to the runner-up.”
Lanarkshire permit-holder Andrew Hamilton struck in the Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Handicap Chase with Bill Shanahan-ridden If Not For Dylan.
Shanaham said: “He was always travelling for me and even when the front two went clear in the straight I knew we’d get there.”
Next up at Perth is bet365 Gold Cup Day on Sunday 5 June – for tickets visit www.perth-races.co.uk