Perth’s Glorious Finale day two will sign off season in style
Thursday afternoon’s final day of racing at Perth in 2021 will see Nigel Twiston-Davies bid for an emotional success in the race named after his great friend Tim Hardie, who passed away in January.
Tickets remain on sale for day two of Perth’s Glorious Finale where the Gloucestershire handler saddles One True King in the Remembering Tim Hardie Novices’ Handicap Chase, a contest he has won five times in the last ten years.
Twiston-Davies has targeted some of his best young horses at the 2m 4f event, formerly staged as a novice chase, and it was the scene of a winning debut over fences in 2000 for subsequent Grand National hero Bindaree.
One True King, a winner in point to point company and of a bumper and two races over hurdles, is a six-year-old who could have a bright future as a he embarks on his chasing career under the trainer’s son Sam.
Ann Hamilton’s Pay The Piper, a useful hurdler last term, and Donald McCain-trained Minella Trump, unbeaten in three trips to Perth, including twice in chasing company, add spice to a fascinating race.
An outgoing BHA steward is saluted in the Happy Retirement Colin Vickers Handicap Chase (Go North Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier).
The field includes Makka Pakka, whose trainer Dr Richard Newland landed the corresponding race twelve months ago with Dancing In The Sky.
The oldest fixture at Perth Racecourse, the Glorious Finale was first run in Perth in 1613 on the South Inch. In 1908 it was moved out where the racecourse is today, in the Parklands of Scone Palace.
The first of eight races tomorrow is at 1.25pm – all live on Racing TV.