Blakeney Point made by Hughes in Edinburgh Gin Raceday feature
BLAKENEY POINT and Brian Hughes came out on top in a nail-biting finish to the feature race at Perth’s well-attended Edinburgh Gin Raceday.
Sent off at 16/1, the Donald McCain-trained winner pipped Ingleby Hollow by a short head in the £20,000 Edinburgh Gin Stone Of Destiny Handicap Hurdle, in front of Perth’s biggest crowd since 2019.
Hughes said: “Both myself and Donald thought beforehand this horse shouldn’t have been one of the outsiders. Back in the day he was a Listed winner on the Flat and won the Hogmaneigh Hurdle at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day.
“He stayed well on the Flat and he should enjoy 2m 4f over hurdles. He was idling a bit in front and I thought we’d just about held on as it seems to favour the far side.”
Gripper sprung a 33/1 upset on his first run for Clyde Valley trainer William Young in the opening novices’ hurdle.
Formerly with Lucinda Russell, he had never troubled the judge in 19 previous jumps starts and Young said: “He was one of the most experienced horses in the race and ran in a handicap hurdle here last time. I actually had a wee bit on him at 40s!”
In-form Iain Jardine supplied Peter Kavanagh with his first course success as Lord Condi strolled home in the 3m handicap hurdle.
The winning jockey said: “This horse ran pretty well in a Chase here last time. He gave me a great spin and I couldn’t believe how strongly he took me into the lead two out. Most of his wins have come on good or good to firm so the drying ground was a big help.”
Tickets are now on sale for four September fixtures at Perth, with capacities across the racecourse again increased significantly following the latest relaxing of restrictions.