Bumper eight-race card set for Golf Perthshire Raceday
Portrush Ted, who sprung a 25/1 surprise in a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree's Grand National meeting, is one of the future stars on parade on a bumper eight-race card at Perth’s Golf Perthshire Raceday tomorrow (Wednesday 1 August).
Trained by Warren Greatrex and partnered by Adrian Heskin, he makes his debut over obstacles in the opening Murrayshall Hotel And Golf Courses Novices' Hurdle.
Maurice Barnes has again booked Paddy Brennan for the ride on Jovial Joey in the Gleneagles Handicap Chase.
The gelding, who had winning form at last year's Perth Festival, was sent off favourite when third at Cartmel recently, and Barnes said: “He was a bit unlucky not to finish closer as he was in front when making a bad mistake at the last, but Paddy sat tight.
“He won over three miles last April and his mark is slightly lower this time. Hopefully he will run well again.”
Among the opposition to Jovial Joey are Donald McCain's two-time course scorers Nefyn Bay and Mick Easterby-trained Rear Admiral, who won over 2m 4f at Perth Racecourse’s popular Family Raceday on July 15.
Tabitha Worsley, who broke her back in a fall at Ludlow last November, bids for another Perth success on Go West Young Man in the St Fillans Hidden Gem Handicap Chase.
Laura Morgan's temperamental character made the most for his 23-year-old pilot in last month's Perth Silver Cup, but only to run out on his next outing at Market Rasen.
Doors open for the Golf Perthshire Raceday at 12noon, with the first race at 1.30pm and the last scheduled for 5.25pm