Race to be Perth Hunt season champions
A season-long race to be crowned Perth’s top jockey, owner and trainer of 2019 will conclude this week when the racecourse hosts its Glorious Finale across two days (Wednesday and Thursday).
Presented by racecourse sponsor Edinburgh Gin, The Perth National Hunt league tables are an accumulation of results from across the season with the winners revealed at this week’s closing double-header.
Racing heavyweight Gordon Elliott and Perthshire’s very own Lucinda Russell, winners of the last three Grand Nationals at Aintree, are first and second in the Perth National Hunt Trainers’ Championship table, albeit Elliott boasts what looks an unassailable 88-point lead.
It’s a closer call between popular jockeys Richard Johnson and Brian Hughes in the Jockeys’ Championship race, with Johnson 38 points better off than his rival ahead of this week’s 13 races.
Finally, in the Owners’ Championship, The County Set (Seven) & Partner is out in front in the Owners’ Championship list, with P J McBurney, John Wills, Foresight Racing, JP McManus and Kenneth Alexander all grouped closely behind.
Hazel Peplinski, Perth Racecourse chief executive, said: “We shall never take it for granted that top echelons of National Hunt racing stars such as Richard Johnson and Gordon Elliott grace the Scone parklands on a regular basis. This season has also been great fun with so many Scottish Owners featuring in the Edinburgh Gin league table - and looks like a local syndicate of a spectacular grey chaser Amalfi Doug can win the right to fly their colours here next season.
“We invest significantly in our core racing business to ensure we provide not only attractive prizemoney but the best possible ground and facilities, and this is reflected in the quality of horses who travel many miles at this time of year to compete at Perth. Continuously improving our facilities on and off the track, in particular in catering and hospitality this year, appears to be hitting all the right notes – and I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to all who have attended the races here this season. Try and fit one more visit this week as it’s set up to be a Glorious Finale for sure!”
As the 2019 racing calendar draws to a close, Perth Racecourse is also reflecting on another record-breaking season which has seen a 5% increase in crowds compared with 2018 (pre Glorious Finale).
Advanced ticket sales for the Glorious Finale this week are up 12% compared to last year, with more than 4,000 racing fans expected over the two days which bodes well for a healthy attendance.
Tickets for Perth’s Glorious Finale are on sale now.