Perth Racecourse looks ahead to second day of the Perth Festival
Jimmy Moffat is hoping for a big run from Morning Royalty as the eleven-year-old makes his first appearance at Perth in Thursday's feature race.
The Cartmel raider, the winner of eight of his 45 career starts faces four rivals in the £30,000 All New Discovery River Tay Handicap Chase staged over 2m 4f.
Moffatt said: “He's a pretty straightforward horse and he goes on soft ground. He's never been to the course before but he's ultra-reliable and should run his race as he always does.”
The opposition to Morning Royalty include Rebecca Menzies-trained course winner Pain Au Chocolat and recent Newbury winner Tiquer, a long distance raider for Somerset trainer Alan Jones.
Nick Alexander is double-handed with Fly Rory Fly and Calivigny in the £13,000 MKM Building Supplies Balnakeilly Novices' Limited Handicap Chase. The Kinneston trainer's daughter Lucy takes the ride on the former, while leading northern jockey Brian Hughes gets the leg up on Calivigny - who finished fourth in the penultimate race on Wednesday.
It was Calett Mad who romped away with the Listed EBF Stallions Gold Castle "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle at Perth on Wednesday.
The 8/11 favourite led at the second last flight before trouncing Scorpion Sid by 31-lengths under Daryl Jacob, who was in attendance for just one mount as he took his recent course strike-rate to five wins from just seven rides.
Jacob said: “He surprised us when he won at Musselburgh and I looked after him on the ground at Cheltenham. His connections spotted this race and, as you could see, he is a horse with a bit of class.”
Callet Mad's trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies had earlier initiated a short-priced double when Blue Flight landed the opening Joseph Perrier "The Party Has Started" Maiden Hurdle under Jamie Bargary.