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.
Having finished second twenty four hours earlier, Coach Carter went one better in a thrilling finish to the £25,000 Phil Nelson River Tay Handicap Chase.
Sent off the 9/4 favourite, the Gordon Elliott-trained raider collared Gaelik Coast close home to score going away by a length and a quarter.
Winning jockey Sean Bowen said: “We were badly hampered by the faller on the first circuit but he’s a clever horse and managed to avoid being brought down. That seemed to wake him up a bit and full marks to Gordon and his team for having the faith to run him again so soon.
“He stays well so once he got rolling I was always confident of getting there. The stable told me he was bucking and kicking this morning so we knew he had taken his race the first day well.”
Hugh Nugent rode his first winner at the Scone track when 13-year-old Gardefort rolled back the years to land the Creevytennant Conditional Jockeys’ Veterans’ Handicap Chase.
“It was only my third ride here as it’s a long way from home,” he said. “I was in front earlier than ideal but he’s taken me there so travelling so well and was jumping for fun.”