Bowen goes for gold at Perth Racecourse evening meeting
Peter Bowen is after more Perth success in the feature race at the Scone track on Tuesday night (31 August).
The Pembrokeshire trainer, whose long-distance raiders undertake a mammoth round-trip of nearly 800 miles, is represented by Lotus Pond in the £15,000 Heineken UK Handicap Chase.
Bowen, successful in the same race with Mumbles Head in 2013, said: “He was point to pointing with our son Mickey and has won three from three since coming to us. The trip won't be a problem and, as always, it's worth coming all the way up for the prize money.”
Conceding weight all round is Nicky Richards-trained Ballyboker Breeze, a winner at Aintree in June while Petrou represents Dan and Harry Skelton who are leading the way in the trainer's and jockey's championship tables respectively.
Brian Hughes and Donald McCain are a newly-formed partnership to fear and they team up with first-time blinkered Knock House.
Gordon Elliott is double-handed with Flaxon Flare and Swingbridge, with the latter partnered by champion jockey Richard Johnson.
Elliott, who saddled the maiden winner of his career at Perth with Arresting in 2006, sends his first runners of the year to Britain’s most northerly venue.
Now a dual-Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning handler, he has nine runners on the card starting with Youghal By The Sea under Johnson in the opening Mackie's Cream Of The Crop Novices' Hurdle.
Taking place tomorrow night, Perth’s Race Evening is the warmup to the Golf Perthshire Raceday taking place on Wednesday (1 August). After some welcome rain over the weekend the advance going forecast is now Good and some quality action on the track is promised over the two days.
Doors open for Perth’s Race Evening at 4.30pm, with the first race scheduled for 5.45pm and the last at 9pm.