A HORSE named after an East Lothian village and one of its residents has taken its first ever win.

Macmerry Jim came home in first place in the 6.15pm race at Southwell on October 8.

The two-year-old bay colt takes its name after a chance meeting in a pub on New Year’s Day.

Dundee-based Jimmy Fyffe had been watching his horses in action at Musselburgh Racecourse on January 1 last year.

An enjoyable evening in Macmerry Miners’ Welfare saw Jimmy strike up a friendship with Jim and Frances Smith.

Earlier this year, Jimmy, who is also involved with Dundee United, revealed that he had named his latest horse Macmerry Jim after the village and his new friend.

Macmerry Jim has raced three times already, taking second on his debut at Southwell at the end of August.

He then finished fifth last month at Ayr.

Seventy-nine-year-old father-of-four Jim lives on the village’s Brierbush Road and previously told the Courier he was “highly delighted” with the honour.