First winner for permit-holder at Perth
By Gordon Brown
Last Updated: 03/07/14 6:11pm
A review of Thursday's action at Perth, where Jackie Stephen recorded a first winner with Mo Rouge.
Britain's most northerly-based handler Jackie Stephen saddled her first winner when the Tony Kelly-ridden Mo Rouge landed the Visit Scone Palace Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at Perth.
Mrs Stephen, also celebrating her 50th birthday, said: "I've had a permit for about a year and a half and I used to ride out for Lucinda Russell. I knew the horses were in good form and this is unbelievable.
"My husband Patrick has been very supportive and he farms all sorts but mainly pigs - they have been subsidising the horses!
"I only have four in training and we are west of Aberdeen, about two hours north of here by horsebox."
Me And Ben and Paddy Brennan took the feature NMU Glasgow HAndicap Chase with last year's hero Strobe a gallant seven-lengths back in second.
Brennan said: "She's a lovely mare and didn't put a foot wrong. It's a been a good bit of placing by Fergal O'Brien."
Politeness gave Rose Dobbin her first Perth win an hour before Robin's Command supplied the Northumberland trainer with the maiden double of her career.
Both horses were partnered by Hawick jockeys as Wilson Renwick was on board Politeness with Craig Nichol doing the steering.
Mrs Dobbin, who had saddled 35 runners without a winner at Perth, said: "It's great to get off the mark here and now we've had our first-ever double as well. Our horses have been in decent form for a while and it's a big team effort."
Having helped destroy the first fence after a crashing fall in the novices' handicap chase 24 hours earlier, Pumped Up Kicks showed no ill-effects as she took the novices' handicap hurdler under Richard Johnson.
Winning trainer Gordon Elliott, recording his 103th course victory, said: "I actually thought she would have won on both days anyway.
"Steven Clements was a little sore after Wednesday and Dickie hunted her round after she jumped a bit carefully early on."