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    Nine-hour round trip well worth it Nine-hour round trip well worth it

    BUBBA SCRUB winning at Tabcorp Park Melton - Photo HRV

    TRAVELLING home didn’t seem to take as long. That was the call from James McPherson after scoring at Tabcorp Park Melton last night. Undertaking... Nine-hour round trip well worth it

    TRAVELLING home didn’t seem to take as long.

    That was the call from James McPherson after scoring at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.

    Undertaking the long journey from Henty in country New South Wales with handy pacer Bubba Scrub, McPherson stated the trip was “well worth it” thanks to the gelding’s success.

    In fact, McPherson is planning to return south next month!

    “It’s always a big ask to go down there, but it was definitely well worth it,” McPherson said. “It’s close to a nine-hour round trip, but feels a lot better when you’re heading home with a win.

    “I’ll give him a couple of light weeks now, then head back to Melton for another run or two and see how he goes.

    “After that he will be due for a spell, so it will be off to a paddock.”

    With McPherson holding the reins, Bubba Scrub led throughout from barrier four to score by metre-and-a-half from Platinum Stride, with Irvine a neck away third.

    Rating 1:56.3 over 2240 metres, the son of Hes Watching took his record to three wins and five placings from 11 starts since arriving in Australia.

    “I was fairly confident heading down as he went really well last week and I felt this time was a slightly weaker field,” McPherson said. “Once we found the top my confidence grew as I knew he would take a lot of catching.”

    Following his father, Scott, into the industry, McPherson is working a team of six alongside his sister – trainer, Brooke, and her partner, Tom Gilligan.

    “Dad worked full-time, but always had a few horses when we were growing up,” McPherson said. “We have followed on from there.

    “I’ve got six in work and train them at the property owned by my sister and her partner.

    “They work their own team, but we are there together.”

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