Lotta Magnusson’s Liz led the field at Glenmoy with the competition nipping hotly at her heels on a cold, clear day.

The Cheviot and Cheviot Mule hoggs behaved well on a slightly rising, snow-covered course and the judge had to search to find faults in the runs. The best dogs gave the sheep time and they responded by walking calmly ahead and staying on the lines on which they were set, but dogs which put pressure on them suffered for that.

Liz (RJ Hutchinson’s Sweep, L Magnusson’s Kate) ran out and lifted cleanly and fetched well, with only minor wavers. The turn round Lotta’s feet was a little wide which affected the start of her drive, but she kept good lines from there. The turns through both sets of drive gates were slightly wide for an exacting judge, but a clean pen and shed set the seal of success on the winning run.

Peter Martin’s Kay (P Martin’s Jen, AD Carnegie’s Linburn Rook) was slightly short on her outrun, which impacted on the lift, but her fetch was clean.

She was a little wide on her turn on to the start of the drive, and at the first drive gate, but the cross drive went well. A clean pen followed and a good, if slightly hesitant shed completed the run in second place, level on points with third.

Mosse Magnusson’s Sprout (DK Evans’ Tanhill Glen, P Williams’ Silk) ran out well, but lifted off line, affecting the start of the fetch. The drive was good, with just slightly wide turns through both sets of gates. A clean finish put the score level with Kay’s, but into third place, on outbye work.

David Murray took the top two places with Ali and Sweep, on a challenging course at Fethaland Hill on Shetland.

The Shetland cross Cheviot ewe hoggs handled very well on the course, but they were released in a valley and the dogs ran out blind for around half of the 420 yd distance. When they came upon the sheep, they had a tight window in which to approach and lift them and some dogs failed to find their sheep.

Ali (M Gallagher’s Cap, S Garvey’s Lil) was tight on her outrun, but responded to David’s whistle and lifted cleanly. Her fetch wavered from line, but the drive was very good and a clean pen and shed helped Ali to earn first place, with a long lead.

Sweep (J McGee’s Glencregg Silver, S McManus’ bitch) started out well, but came slightly tight to his sheep, so David stopped him short, which impacted on his lift.

Again, there were wavers on the fetch, but Sweep put the sheep through the gate. On the drive, the wavers this time led to a missed cross drive gate, but once more, clean work at hand completed the run and secured second place.

LEADING awards

Knocknagael (M Cameron, Lerwick) Open - 52 ran - 1, P Martin’s Jill, Glenlyon, 94 Outbye; 2, SL Davidson’s Gillieglen Queen, Sandbank, 94; 3, J MacKillop’s Straid Ben, Fort Augustus, 91; 4, P Martin’s Daisy, Glenlyon, 87; 5, J McKenzie’s Tweedie, Turriff, 85 Outbye; 6, EC MacKinnon’s Midge, Lochcarron, 85; 7, EC MacKinnon’s Buddy, Lochcarron, 84 Outbye; 8, K Brehmer’s Ellie, New Bythe, 84; 9, I MacDonald’s Zoe, Staffin, 83 Outbye; 10, S Grant’s Tia, Strathcannaird, 83; £827 raised for Munlochy Animal Aid.

Glenmoy (Judge: J McKenzie, Ardormie) Open – 32 ran – 1, L Magnusson’s Liz, Mid Derry, 90; 2, P Martin’s Kay, Glenlyon, 89 Outbye; 3, M Magnusson’s Sprout, Mid Derry, 89; 4, P Martin’s Daisy, Glenlyon, 87; 5, IM Brownlie’s Lia, Deuchrie, 86; 6, L Magnusson’s Glencar Eire, Mid Derry, 81; £584 raised for International trial.

Fethaland Hill, Shetland (Judge: W Morrison, Yell) – Open - 19 ran – 1, D Murray’s Ali, North Roe, 83; 2, D Murray’s Sweep, North Roe, 72; 3, B Smith’s Chip, Dunrossness, 66; 4, J Nicolson’s Todd, Scalloway, 56; 5, J Nicolson’s Riley, Scalloway, 52; 6, O Brown’s Queen, Yell, 51. Limit – 5 ran – 1, AWP Hughson’s Lol, Girlsta, 46 /60; 2, J Priest’s Mirk, Raewick, 42; 3, AWP Hughson’s Lass, Girlsta, 40; 4, R Colclough’s Rosefield Pip, Yell, 29; 5, B Smith’s Queen, Dunrossness, 27; £175 raised for nursery trials.