PERTH Wednesday preview
From Gordon Brown
JET MASTER bids for his fifth course win in the feature race at Perth on Wednesday night.
The twelve-year-old, trained at Kinneston by Nick Alexander, faces eleven rivals in the £10,000 Salutation Hotel Handicap Hurdle.
Alexander, who saddles seven runners at his local venue – including top-weight Landecker in the same race – said: “With the ground drying up he hasn’t got the pace for two miles at his age. He should stay three miles and hopefully he will go well.
“He’s a veteran these days so after this we’ll probably put him away and return to Perth in September for the race he has won for the past three years.
“Landecker is one of two rides for us for Jack Andrews who is the brother of Bridget Andrews and having his first rides at the course.”
In the same race Brian Hughes gets the leg up on Mill Forge for Irish trainer Stuart Crawford while Brodie Hampson rides Benechenko for regular Perth visitor Fergal O’Brien.
Cheltenham-based O’Brien also has Creevytennant in the Bruce Farms Open Hunters’ Chase as Lilly Pinchin and partner again try to land the race they scooped by 36-lengths twelve months ago.
Recently crowned champion jumps trainer Nicky Henderson is represented in the opening Grampian Hotel Maiden Hurdle by Champ, who carries the famous colours of owner J P McManus.
The gelding was third on his hurdles debut at Ascot in January and sees jockey Nico de Boinville try to open his Perth account at the tenth attempt.
De Boinville, the regular partner of Champion Chase hero Altior, also rides Silk Run for Tom Lacey in the Holiday Inn Express Perth Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.