The 2021 Glorious Finale
Perth Racecourse team thank racegoers and promise a Glorious Finale celebration next week after toughest of times
The team at Perth Racecourse have thanked all racegoers for their continued support ahead of the final opportunity to go racing this season next week (Wednesday and Thursday).
This historic Glorious Finale two-day meeting wraps up Perth’s 2021 season with two quality days of autumn National Hunt racing and shall see former Champion Jockey Brian Hughes crowned as Perth’s top jockey once more.
Hazel Peplinski, Perth Racecourse Chief Executive, said: “As we put the finishing touches to our preparations for this final fixture of the year I would like to acknowledge the resilience of my whole team, soldiering on through two Covid-affected seasons and remaining adaptable to an ever changing scenario, often at fairly short notice.
“In a similar vein we are all excited about welcoming more racegoers to our final two days. The atmosphere that our crowds have brought to the venue has been quite superb since they were allowed back in mid-summer. This season we have relied purely on the core product of jump racing without any of the frills and the public’s support in the circumstances has been magnificent. The pure appreciation for the sheer skills of horse and rider and the exciting action on the track shall perhaps influence how we market our racedays going forward.”
Hazel added: “I am particularly looking forward to next week as the great and good of Perthshire and the Kingdom of Fife are due to gather here to celebrate the lives of five special people who were all 100% supportive of Perth Racecourse over many, many years and helped to shape what we enjoy today. There are races named after Lord Mansfield, John and Susan Bradburne, David Whitaker and Tim Hardie – all representing local dynasties that have made their mark in the history of this racecourse and so it is powerful stuff. However, we shall not be dressed in mourning for their passing – it shall be a communal celebration and the stories shall be legendary; I can hear the laughter already!”
Those “local dynasties” all had a common bond - a sense of fun and a great deal of love and support for racing at Perth. Johnny Bradburne was a familiar visitor long after he’d steered his final mount past the post as an accomplished amateur rider. He was usually accompanied by his trainer wife Sue who gained extra pleasure at saddling winners at her local track.
Long-time committee member Tim Hardie enjoyed notable success as an owner in the Bradburne yard but he was also happy to celebrate everyone else’s success with equal enthusiasm. Former chairman David Whitaker was another to live life to the full as he held court in his racecourse base camp by the weighing room. And, without the support of racecourse landlord Lord Mansfield, there simply wouldn’t be any racing in the grounds of his beloved Scone Palace.
It’s a fair bet that all will smile in approval at the races decorated with their names over the two-day finale.