Jet Master targets fourth successive win in race named after him as Perth prepares for day two of season-closing Glorious Finale
JET MASTER bids to extend his stranglehold in the race named after him at Perth's final fixture of the year on Thursday.
Nick Alexander's gelding, ridden by the trainer's daughter Lucy, is one of 11 runners declared for the Bet With Dewhurst Bookmakers Jet Master Handicap Hurdle, an event he has won for the past three years.
Kinneston-based Alexander said: "It's a competitive race but hopefully he will run well again. A bit of rain would help as he needs it soft over two miles but, on the plus side, he always goes well fresh."
Nigel Twiston-Davies has won the Timothy Hardie Jewellers Novices' Chase five times in the past eight years and the Gloucestershire trainer is represented by El Terremoto in the colours of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.
Meanwhile Swingbridge and Rightdownthemiddle led home a one-two for Gordon Elliott in an eventful feature race at Perth on Wednesday.
The former, ridden by Sean Bowen, drew four and a half lengths clear of his stable companion in the £30,000 David Whitaker Handicap Chase after Ballyboker Breeze unseated his rider when going well at the third last and badly hampered Play The Ace in the process.
Elliott, who owns a half-share in the 17/2 winner, said: "Sean thought he was still going well enough to win anyway. He's a horse that has done well since coming to us and also won at Perth during the summer."
OrionInverness, carrying the colours of the 90-strong Tay Valley Chasers Racing Club and trained by Lucinda Russell, was ridden to a popular victory in the JMIFA Handicap Chase by Stephen Mulqueen.
It was a poignant day for all at Perth as tributes, including a minute of silence before the first race and jockeys wearing black armbands, were paid in memory of former jump jockey and Perth general manager Sam Morshead, who passed away the previous day.