Festival Success For Fuller As Scene Is Set For Perth’s Richest Ever Raceday
On the second day of the Perth Festival (Thursday 25 April), Page Fuller rode her first course winner on only her second ride when Bigmartre (pictured) landed the featured Heineken UK River Tay Handicap Chase for trainer Harry Whittington.
The Oxfordshire-based handler said: “This was a drop in class he ran at Aintree and Cheltenham but Page gave a fantastic ride and really got him jumping. It’s my second winner here and it’s a tremendous track and we love coming up. They really look after you and the prize money is well worth the trip.”
Leighton Aspell, twice successful in the Grand National at Aintree, was another jockey to ride his first winner at Britain’s most northerly course when taking the GS Group Handicap Chase on Ruth Jefferson-trained Double W’s.
Looking ahead to the final day of the Perth Festival, the bumper eight-race card carries £112,000 in prize money and is the richest meeting ever staged at the Scone track. Fresh from his recent success in the Scottish Grand National, jockey-of-the-moment Sean Quinlan contests the Highland equivalent on board Teddy Tee on the final day of the Perth festival on Friday. Teddy Tee is trained by Quinlan’s big-race winner’s handler Nicky Richards and is one of twelve declared for the £25,000 Pentland Land Rover Perth Highland National Handicap Chase over 3m 6f.
Quinlan said: “I haven’t ridden Teddy Tee on the racecourse before but I’ve schooled him at home and he jumps nicely. We know he stays very well and is the type of long-distance chaser Nicky does well with so I’m hoping for a good spin.”
The field also contains a trio of horses trained in Berwickshire by Sandy Thomson who are headed by dual Borders National hero Harry The Viking along with Blue Kascade and Capard King.
Tomorrow’s feature race is the £35,000 Listed T.B.A. Fair Maid Of Perth Mares’ Chase in which the Henry Daly-trained Atalanta Ablaze, a faller when still in contention in a Grade two chase at Cheltenham last month, is the top rated of the six runners on a BHA mark of 147.
Racing at Perth will continue tomorrow, Friday 26 April 2019. Gates open at 11.30am.