Good work on the course and at hand gave Ian Brownlie’s Don the edge over a closely packed list at Aberfeldy.

Mules and various crosses were in good form on the steep course and light to handle at the top. Three excellent runs reaped the benefit of curbing their tendency to stray on the fetch, and took the first three places.

Don (P Howe’s Whiterose Ben and Meg) ran out tight on to his sheep and lifted offline, but corrected that and worked very well from there to earn first place.

Craig Davidson’s Kyle (C Davidson’s Cap, R Harris’ Phyll) worked well outbye and on the course, but at the pen, the sheep were not happy to be contained. Kyle worked well to hold them until he eventually secured them in the pen and finished as runner up.

Craig’s Fuzz was only a point behind kennelmate, Kyle. Fuzz (C Davidson’s Cap, R Harris’ Straid Jen) started out well, but made a wide turn through the cross drive gate. A good finish helped to compensate for that and Fuzz took third place.

A variety of cross ewes ran well on a big, flat course at Coltcrooks, but they were difficult to lift at the top and stayed together at the shed, making it hard to separate them.

Ross Henderson’s Jude (RB Henderson’s Glen, D Wallace’s Jen) worked well at the top and although the line of her fetch zigzagged, her turns on the drive were neat. A clean shed and pen set the seal on the winning run.

Chris Toner’s Niro Mace (R Watson’s Ace, C Toner’s Maid) ran out cleanly, but he was a little slow to lift. He took the sheep round the course with minor wavers. A clean shed and a successful pen completed the run, a point behind Jude’s.

Chris was on form, with Tammi following on in third place. After some trouble at the top, Tammi (BK Renwick’s Nip, C Toner’s Graham’s Sam) too, went round the round the course with minor wavers, and clean work at hand helped to make up for the difficult start, putting Tammi on the prize list.

The Cheviot gimmers at Forsie were flighty, tending to take off as they turned round the handler, making for wide turns on to the drive. They proved hard to pen, and some dogs failed to put them in. The field was generally flat, but dogs and sheep could be briefly out of sight in a hollow in the middle.

Michael Shearer’s Heilan Rab (T Coghill Robertson’s Dahl and Dot) ran out well, lifted cleanly and worked very well on the fetch and exceptionally well on the drive, with tight turns though the gates. Good work at hand completed the winning run with a short, but clear lead over the field.

LEADING awards

Burnfoot, Sanquhar (Judge: AB Mundell, Moffat). Open – 81 ran – 1, C Dickson’s Tom, Coldingham, 94; 2, C Caerts’ Glen, Belgium, 89; 3, I Fleming’s Torr, Douglas, 85; 4, N Gillon’s Glen, Dailly, 83 outbye; 5, A Stewart’s Malta Mollie, Lockerbie, 83; 6, C Dickson’s Stuart, Coldingham, 82; £710 raised for Scottish National fund.

Forsie (Judge: N Sutherland, Strathnaver). Open – 40 ran – 1, MC Shearer’s Heilan Rab, Westfield, 93; 2, V Shearer’s Cap, Westfield, 90 outbye; 3, I Sutherland’s Sid, Strathnaver, 90; 4, MC Shearer’s Tib, Westfield, 89; 5, J MacKillop's Zac, Fort Augustus, 86 outbye; 6, H Johnstone’s Roy, Fyvie, 86; £320 raised for Raigmore Children’s ward.

Aberfeldy (Judge: SL Davidson, Sandbank). Open – 38 ran – 1, IM Brownlie’s Don, Dunbar, 94; 2, C Davidson’s Kyle, Sandbank, 93; 3, C Davidson’s Fuzz, Sandbank, 92; 4, ACD MacKenzie’s Maid, Luss, 91; 5, E Nilsson’s Midderry Kid, Balintore, 89; 6, P Martin’s Meg, Glenlyon, 85.

Coltcrooks (Judge:A Dickman, Oxton). Open – 50 ran – 1, R Henderson’s Jude, Crawford, 88; 2, C Toner’s Niro Mace, Drimsynie,87; 3, C Toner’s Tammi, Drimsynie, 81; 4, S Morgan’s Tess, Heriot, 78; 5, J McGowan’s Rick, Portpatrick, 77 outbye; 6, M McTeir’s Dan, Moniaive, 77.