Perth Racecourse gears up for a BRAW! weekend
Popular Saturday fixture will promote a blend of national pride including nods to superstar singer Lewis Capaldi and Scotland Women’s football team against a backdrop of lone piper welcoming all
A celebration of all things Scottish, Perth Racecourse’s BRAW! Raceday this Saturday will pay homage to Lewis Capaldi and the Scotland Women’s national football team, two of the country’s big success stories of the last year.
Back by popular demand, Perth Racecourse’s BRAW! Raceday takes place this weekend (Saturday 22 June) and will again serve up the very best of Scotland. With the inaugural meeting drawing in a bumper crowd in 2018, the Saturday fixture is on track for another stellar show, with the seven-race card offering yet more competitive racing now that the summer jumping season is fully underway.
BRAW! Raceday will see Perth celebrate two big Scottish successes of the past year with two specially named races - the Lewis Capaldi Gie’ing It Laldy Handicap Hurdle takes place at 4.10pm, while the SWNT Our Girls Our Game Handicap Hurdle is at 5.25pm.
Perth Racecourse Chief Executive, Hazel Peplinski, said: “Perth’s summer programme is now in full swing and having enjoyed a sensational start to our season, we are busy turning everything around since our Gold Cup Sunday to welcome another large crowd to our first Saturday fixture of the year.
“Our new BRAW! raceday is in its second year and allows us, as the most northerly track in the UK, to give a wee nod to our Scottish heritage which makes us very proud – including Lewis Capaldi and the Scotland Women’s National Team, who have both achieved such amazing things in the 12 months since our first BRAW! Raceday.”
Last year’s meeting featured a stunning 164-1 treble for trainer Rose Dobbin and Hawick jockey Craig Nichol while the showpiece Kilmany Handicap Chase went to Peter Bowen’s More Bucks. The Welsh trainer is represented this year by Viens Chercher, runner-up at Kelso last month to Olly Murphy-trained Beau Sancy, who could also contend on Saturday. Big race entries also include super-game Indian Temple, an all-the-way recent winner of the Sam Morshead Perth Gold Cup for Harry and Tim Reed, while leading course trainer Gordon Elliott clearly has his eye on the trophy as the Irish handler is five-handed with Borice, Flaxen Flare, Ned Stark, Out Sam and Swingbridge.
The two Scottish entries are Havana Jack, trained in Ayrshire by Leonard Kerr, and Jim Goldie’s Rainy City.
Elsewhere, in the 1.50pm Nicky Henderson has several entries on the card including Bold Record who was third on his hurdles debut at Worcester recently. In the penultimate race at 4.50pm it looks as if four-time champion jockey Richard Johnson will be in attendance as he has already been booked for the ride on Dinons, a hurdle winner at Perth who is already two from two over fences for Gordon Elliott.
In true Scots style, punters will be welcomed into the venue on arrival by a lone piper and can enjoy an array of the finest fare – including haggis nachos – before a mass ceilidh rounds up proceedings after the final race.
Adding a final Scottish touch to this Saturday, four-piece ceilidh band Bahookie will be leading the charge post-racing. Fusing traditional folk reels and fiddles with the latest pop anthems, this is a band that promises to get everyone up on their feet.
Gates for BRAW Raceday open at 11.30am with the first race scheduled at 1.50pm, and the last at 5.25pm.