Oscar-winning performance at Perth for Fergal O’Brien and Liam Harrison
Amalfi Doug, who missed his ‘own’ race at Perth on Sunday, bids for a modern-day record seventh course win in the £13,000 Auto Services Perth 40th Anniversary Handicap Chase.
The 11-year-old, trained by Keith Dalgleish and ridden by Brian Hughes, gained the latest of his Scone victories in July over 2m 4f and he faces four rivals as he steps back up to three miles.
Opposition is headed by J P McManus-owned Dead Right, who is running for the second time since wind surgery and Jennie Caldlish’s course and distance scorer Red Giant.
The feature race of the day on Sunday went to Fergal O’Brien-trained top-weight Oscar Rose as she bounced back to form in the Six Perth Wins For Amalfi Doug under Liam Harrison.
It was the jockey’s only ride of the day as he took his course strike-rate to three wins from just six mounts.
Harrison said: “I”ve now won three times on this mare and she’s a real star. Fergal has clearly got her back on track and we didn’t really know what went wrong over hurdles at Worcester last time.”
Minella Trump maintained his unbeaten record at the track when scoring by half a length in the Six Perth Wins For Scotch Warrior Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.
Donald McCain’s 4/6 favourite was completing a hat-trick following Perth wins over hurdles and fences and his jockey Brian Hughes said: “He’s a really solid and genuine horse. He should stay as he’s won a point to point over three miles and he could also go back over hurdles.”
Lucinda Russell and Derek Fox teamed up to land the Six Perth Wins For Gold Chain Maiden Hurdle with Red Missile.
The gelding carries the famous Derby-winning primrose and rose hoop colours of Michael & Lady Jane Kaplan.
There’s more racing at Perth tomorrow (Monday) afternoon with the six-race Autumn Raceday, before the two-day Glorious Finale closes the season on September 22-23.