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Pistol Whipped hopes for victory

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Pistol Whipped, representing the powerful Nicky Henderson stable, shoulders top-weight in the Thank You Phil Nelson River Tay Handicap Chase at the William Hill Perth Festival tomorrow (Thursday 22 April).


The Lambourn raider recently landed the Sussex Champion Chase at Plumpton for Nico De Boinville, who is on board again.  


Henderson doesn’t send many horses to Perth, but during his career he has enjoyed eight winners from 65 runners at Britain’s most northerly race track.


Opposition to Pistol Whipped includes Defi Sacre who was fourth over hurdles at the 2019 Perth Festival for his Cheltenham trainer Richard Hobson.


Henderson and De Boinville also team up in the William Hill Scoonieburn Handicap Hurdle with recent Exeter winner Steal A March, owned and bred by The Queen.


Danny McMenamin is about to be crowned champion conditional pilot and he rides Nick Alexander-trained Eagle Ridge for Scottish owner Ken McGarrity in the Creevytennant Conditional Jockeys Veterans Handicap Chase.


Threeunderthrufive (pictured) was an impressive winner of the feature race on the opening day of the William Hill Perth Festival on Wednesday (21 April) giving Paul Nicholls a new personal-best haul of 172.


Ridden by Adrian Heskin, the 15-8 second favourite slammed Castle Rushen by nine and a half lengths in the Listed British EBF William Hill Gold Castle “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle.


The winning jockey said: “He’s a lovely big horse but he’s still green and was looking about a fair bit when he was in front. We’re already looking to running him over fences next season when he will make a smashing novice chaser.”


Richard Patrick recorded his first Perth success aboard Fortescue for Henry Daly in the Phil Nelson Supports Perth Handicap Chase.


The second day of the William Hill Perth Festival takes place behind closed doors tomorrow (Thursday 22 April) before coming to a close on Friday (23 April).