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Mulqueen hopes to board sixth Lucky Flight

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STEPHEN MULQUEEN is looking forward to riding one of his favourite horses in the feature race at Perth on Sunday, where local hero and Olympic gold medallist Eve Muirhead shall be special guest.


Irishman Mulqueen gets the leg up on Lucinda Russell-trained Lucky Flight (pictured) in the Perth Silver Cup Handicap Chase as the partnership bids for its sixth victory together.


Mulqueen said: “Apart from one run in a bumper and one run in a point to point when he was in Ireland, no one else has even ridden him! You’d have to say his win at Perth last month was one of his most impressive so why shouldn’t he run well again?”


Among the opposition is Brian Ellison’s Malton raider Ming Dynasty, a comfortable winner of the contest 12 months ago when Lucky Flight was nearly seven lengths back in third place. Also in the line-up is Fearless, a recent scorer at Aintree for Danny Brooke with his older brother Henry in the saddle.


Gordon Elliott is one shy of saddling his 200th winner at the Scone track and the magic milestone could be reached in the opening New Mr And Mrs Duffy Novices’ Hurdle with Enki Flacke. Ridden by current leading jockey Sean Bowen, Enki Flacke has already bagged a couple of course wins in May and June by an aggregate of 17 lengths.


Elliott has declared four other horses - all set to be partnered by Bowen - and they include top-weight Keepthefaithinme, another easy recent Perth winner, in the Celebrating Eve Muirhead’s Curling Gold Handicap Chase.


Perth-born Muirhead, who added a glittering gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics to her vast collection of medals, will take in the day’s racing alongside fellow Beijing medallist Vicky Wright, as well as former team-mate Vicki Adams (who Muirhead won Olympic bronze alongside in 2014).


Tickets for Perth’s Family Raceday, with free entry for under-18s, are available to purchase on the link below. The first of seven races on Sunday is at 1.45pm with all seven live on Racing TV.


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