Ellison hopes feature prize is coming home for 100th runner
BRIAN ELLISON has his eye on the £15,000 feature race at Perth on Sunday as the Malton trainer reaches a milestone at the Scone track.
Ming Dynasty, who shoulders top-weight in the Horizon Parking Manage Over 3000 Carparks Handicap Chase, will be his 100th runner at Britain’s most northerly venue.
Former jockey Ellison said: “He’s in tremendous form and I expect him to go close unless the ground turns too soft. We targeted him at this as we thought it was good prize money and another valuable opportunity for him.
“He’s a very, very good jumper as he showed when winning impressively at Hexham for Brian Hughes last time. We got him from Ireland last year and he is a horse that should continue to pay his way.”
Also in the line-up for the two-miler is Nicky Richards-trained veteran Duke Of Navan. The 13-year-old is a three-time winner over hurdles and fences and was runner-up at the 2017 Perth Festival on his only previous course appearance. And lightly-raced chaser Silver Star represents Cheltenham Festival-winning conditional Jordan Gainford for Irish handler Denise Foster.
Daryl Jacob will be looking to boost his already impressive 31 per-cent strike-rate aboard Homme D’un Soir, his only mount on the card, in the opening Perth Generate Income From Horizon Parking Novices’ Hurdle.
The first of seven races is at 2.15pm – all live on Racing TV.