Summer Carnival Sells Out
Keith Dalgleish is hoping Mirsaale can maintain his 100 per cent course record in the feature race at Perth's sold out summer Carnival Raceday on Saturday (19 August).
The Carluke-based top-weight, who ran in the 2013 Derby when trained by James Tate, bids to concede upwards of 5lbs to his five rivals in the £25,000 Spirits of Scone Stone of Destiny Handicap Hurdle.
Mirsaale made it three from three at Britain's most northerly course earlier this month, and Dalgleish said: “He's in good order and will like the ground. It's good money and he has always been quite a slick jumper - fingers crossed he keeps that up.
“Brian Hughes rode him last time and, on his recommendation, he's wearing cheekpieces for the first time over hurdles. They improved him on the Flat and hopefully he will run a big race again on Saturday.”
Mirsaale's opponents include Jennie Candlish-trained Theflyingportrait and Nicky Richards' Caius Marcius, who are both unbeaten in two previous visits to the Scone track.
Also in the line-up is four-time Perth scorer Green Zone, trained in Cumbria by Lisa Harrsion and the winners of his last three starts.
The competitive field is completed by Dr Richard Newland's hat-trick seeking Lovato ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, and Donald McCain-trained Dear Sire who chased home Mirsaale 17-days ago.
Dual champion jockey Richard Johnson has five rides starting with Knockmaole Boy in the opening Supreme Fast Foods Novices' Hurdle for Gordon Elliott.
During the last two campaigns, Perth supplied Johnson with more winners than any other course in the country.
The famous primrose and rose hoop colours of Michael and Lady Jane Kaplan are carried by Lucinda Russell-trained Thorpe who attempts a rapid course and distance hat-trick in Thesupremegroup.com Handicap Hurdle.