Seven up for Amalfi Doug as Perth toasts course favourite
AMALFI DOUG set a modern-day record of seven wins at Perth with a gutsy victory in the Auto Services Perth 40th Anniversary Handicap Chase.
Trained by Keith Dalgleish, the 6/5 favourite made all in the capable hands of 2019/20 champion jockey Brian Hughes to hold off top weight Dead Right by a neck.
The popular grey carries the colours of The County Set syndicate and Hughes said: “They are local owners so he does most of his racing here these days. He’s quite a big horse and you wouldn’t think a sharpish track like this would suit him.
“It’s tremendous for him getting the record outright and Keith made the right decision in running him in this instead of the race named after him on Sunday.”
Aidan Coleman was full of praise for Perth after Salley Gardens scrambled home in the Auto Services Perth Maxus Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.
The winner, who pipped Flood Defence by a neck, is trained by Olly Murphy and Coleman said: “Olly has had runners at most meetings this summer and they’ve done pretty well. The ground is always as they call and in decent condition for summer jumping. A step up in trip and being freshened up in a tongue-tie helped this horse today.”
Perth’s 2021 season is now on the home straight with just the two-day Glorious Finale to come on September 22-23