By Gordon Brown
Marking the penultimate meeting in Perth Racecourse’s outstanding 2018 season, Wednesday’s Glorious Finale fixture (26 September) will boast an outstanding seven-race card.
Five-time course winner Kilbree Kid is after more success at Perth in tomorrow’ feature race at the Scone venue. Tom George’s Gloucestershire raider faces eight rivals in the £30,000 David Whitaker Handicap Chase over three miles.
The Cotswolds trainer said: “He’s been a real star for us over the years and clearly loves going up to Perth. He enjoys decent ground and is still capable – even at the age of eleven. He won this race two years ago and it would be nice to see him do it again.”
Among the rivals to Kilbree Kid are top-weight Ballyboker Breeze, trained by Nicky Richards, Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Double Ross, and Gordon Elliott’s pair Swingbridge and Rightdownthemiddle, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson.
Elliott has an amazing strike-rate of 28 per cent with his raiders at Perth since Arresting supplied him with the very first winner of his career in 2006. Indeed, he has sent out many more winners at the Scone track than he has recorded at all of the other UK courses put together.
He has enjoyed a whopping 164 winners from 585 runners and he has also gone close with 133 seconds. In all, his total Perth prize money haul is an impressive £935,516 so he is set to breach the million-pound barrier in the next few meetings.
Rookie Cumbrian trainer Tristan Davidson sends up Justatenner for the Weatherbys Global Stallions App Handicap Hurdle. The bottom-weight was a comfortable winner over course and distance 16-days ago.
Lucinda Russell is also set for a busy afternoon as she has eight runners starting with Derek Fox-ridden Glenpark in the opening Racing UK Extra On racinguk.com Juvenile Maiden Hurdle.
Going is Good, Good to Soft for tomorrow’s meeting. Doors open at 12noon and the first race is scheduled for 2.10pm, with the last race at 5.20pm.
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