Potterman heads quality field for Sunday
POTTERMAN, a recent winner in Grade 3 company, is joint top-weight as a 15-strong quality field is set to contest the £25,000 bet365 Sam Morshead Perth Gold Cup on Sunday.
Awarded the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in April following a stewards inquiry after finishing second-past-the-post, he is one of three representatives on the card for Alan King as the Scots-born Barbury Castle trainer sends his first runners to Britain’s most northerly racecourse.
The Wiltshire handler also has Talkischeap, pulled up when seen out in the Grand National, in the feature race along with The Unit, who is in the line-up for the bet365 Handicap Chase over 2m 4f.
King said: “We’ve always meant to try and get a runner or two at Perth and we’ve finally managed it! Potterman was a bit fortunate to get the race at Sandown but he’s a grand horse and is marginally better going right-handed. He’s relatively fresh after a winter break and he needs all of three miles. It looks a fiercely competitive race but hopefully he will run well.
“Talkischeap is struggling a little even after having wind surgery a couple of times. We trying him in cheekpieces and the better ground might also help.”
Peter Bowen, winning trainer in 2012 and 2018, sends up Landofsmiles on the long journey from his Haverfordwest base in Wales, and Nicky Henderson is represented by Valtor, who led for a long way before finishing third over course distance at the Perth festival in April.
Last season’s champion jockey Harry Skelton has the ride on recent Aintree runner-up Tommy Rapper, trained by his brother Dan, while Scottish interest in the race is supplied by Sandy Thomson-trained Get Out The Gate and Lucinda Russell’s Ain’t My Fault.
All seven races are live on Racing TV, with the first at 2pm and the bet365 Sam Morshead Perth Gold Cup at 4.20pm