Record Single Day Prize-Money And £304,000 Over All Three Days
The famous Perth Festival of racing gets another season at Scone underway next Wednesday with a huge £304,000 of prize-money over three days, including the track’s richest ever raceday on Friday.
Perth rides into the new season buoyed by a rise in year-on-year ticket sales with racegoers benefiting from frozen prices, as the venue looks to continue the positive trend of increases in both crowds and runners enjoyed in 2018.
The 2019 calendar all kicks off with day one of the Festival on Wednesday afternoon. Highlight of the day is Perth’s first Listed race of the year, the £30,000 EBF Stallions Gold Castle 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle over three miles, a £5,000 increase on 2018 prize-money and backed by a strong supporting card including a valuable Class 3 handicap chase.
The following day sees another £30,000 feature, the River Tay handicap chase over 2m while the Hunter Chase is also now run on this middle day and made an open contest in memory of the much-admired track specialist Creevytennant.
Then comes the hugely popular day three of the festival with a record total prize pot of £112,000 on offer – Perth’s richest ever raceday. The Listed three-mile £35,000 Fair Maid of Perth Chase for mares only, which is sponsored by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, was won last year by Peter Bowen's Ron’s Dream while the Highland National is the longest race of Perth’s whole season and regularly attracts a very competitive field. Off the track there’s music after racing with CORRA in The Barn helping racegoers party into the evening.
Hazel Peplinski, Perth Racecourse Chief Executive, said: “We’re all ready and absolutely buzzing for a record-breaking Festival, with more than £300,000 of prize-money including our richest ever raceday a real demonstration of our commitment to continue investing in racing as our core product.
“Within the three days we are delighted that “Creevy’s” owner Mrs Duncan and family as well as The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards will support Thursday’s Hunter Chase and we look forward to welcoming all for what should be a memorable occasion.
“The team at Perth Racecourse have put in some shift leading up to our new season and all the hard work is paying off handsomely. The track is well forward for this time of year, the facilities have benefited from the creative and logistical expertise of Heritage Portfolio, our new catering partners, so we are excited to be launching the new season.
“Ticket sales are really encouraging, the weather is set to warm up over Easter bank holiday weekend and many of the trainers we have contacted in advance of entries closing have our decent prize-money firmly in their sights. Whilst everyone is working really hard, we are all buoyed by a palpable sense of anticipation. We have watched a lot of quality jump racing elsewhere over the past few weeks and now it is Perth’s turn to put on a show, and we can’t wait.”
With new catering partner Heritage Portfolio in situ, restaurant and bar facilities throughout the venue have been refurbished and rebranded while Owners and Trainers will enjoy an enhanced experience thanks to an investment in facilities for those bringing runners to Perth.