Hawke eyes big prize at Saturday afternoon’s Edinburgh Gin Raceday
NIGEL HAWKE has his eye on the feature race at Perth’s Edinburgh Gin Raceday on Saturday with Historic Heart.
The Devon raider faces seven rivals, including three course and distance winners, in the £20,000 Edinburgh Gin Stone Of Destiny Handicap Hurdle.
Hawke, a Grand National-winning jockey in 1991 aboard Seagram, said: “We fancied him to run a big race in the Grade 3 Swinton Handicap Hurdle back in the spring, but the ground turned against him. He was meant to run at Epsom more recently but again the rains came.
“He’s a course and distance winner himself as he won nicely at the Perth Festival in April, so the place suits him well enough. I hear the ground is drying out, which is a big plus as it’s a long way to go, but it is also a big pot well worth having a crack at.”
Opposition to Historic Heart include Jimmy Moffatt-trained Golden Town, seven lengths behind in second place when they last met back in April, and Island Nation, an impressive winner for Warwickshire-based Olly Murphy over course and distance 18 days ago.
Caius Marcius, the Stone Of Destiny winner in 2018, shoulders top weight in the Elderflower And Gooseberry Gin Handicap Hurdle. Trained by Nicky Richards, also the winning trainer in 2016 with Carinena, the recent Market Rasen scorer has won three of his eight previous races at the Scone venue.
Tickets remain on sale for Saturday’s meeting with capacities across the racecourse increased significantly following the latest relaxing of restrictions.
The first of seven races is at 2.10pm – all live on Racing TV.