Elliott passes magic milestone of 200 winners
Gordon Elliott reached the magic milestone of 200 winners in glorious sunshine at Perth’s Family Raceday after hot favourite Enki Flacke was steered to victory by Sean Bowen.
The 4-11 chance ran down runaway leader Simple Star late on to land the opening New Mr & Mrs Duffy Novices’ Hurdle by three-and-a-quarter lengths. Speaking from Ireland, Elliott – whose first career strike came at the Scone track with Arresting in 2006 – has saddled more winners at Perth than any other venue in Britain or Ireland.
He said: “We’ve always enjoyed coming to Perth and our owners love the experience. They always look after you and we’ve had some great days down through the years.
“My first Cheltenham Festival winner Chicago Grey won there, and Galvin was another of our Cheltenham winners to go on from Perth - he won there on the day in August four years ago when we had a five-timer, which was a tremendous occasion.”
Elliott and Bowen went on to complete a treble after the victories of Herman Clermont and Quantum Realm.
Bowen, currently leading the jump jockeys’ title race, said: “I’ve always enjoyed coming here so it’s nice to have such a good strike rate. It’s a tremendous summer track and there is always good racing and a good crowd.
“I’m very lucky as Gordon has been bringing plenty of horses over and anyone in my position would be silly not to give the championship a real go. I’ll certainly be working as hard as I can and I’m in the fortunate position of having the support of so many yards.”
Lisa Harrison struck with Malangen, who was given an enterprising front-running ride by Tommy Dawson in the Celebrating Eve Muirhead’s Curling Gold Handicap Hurdle.
The Cumbrian trainer said: “He’s won here over two miles but he’s keen, so we decided to be positive over this longer trip today.”
Miss Amelia, sent off at 5-1, saw off Fearless by a half a length in the £15,000 Perth Silver Cup Handicap Chase for Tom Midgley and Mark Walford.
Next up at Perth is a double header on July 26/27 before Stone of Destiny Raceday on Saturday 13 August.