Stage set for a Glorious Finale at Perth as racegoers lap up last chance to go racing this year
Sandy Thomson is looking forward to running Get Out The Gate in the £25,000 feature race at Perth’s Glorious Finale on Wednesday, the penultimate day of racing at the Scone track this year.
The Berwickshire raider is in a small but select field of five lining up for the Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk David Whitaker Handicap Chase over three miles.
Co-owned by Dundee United director Jimmy Fyffe, the gelding is a three-time course scorer and Thomson said: “He’s been in great form all summer and was just touched off by a neck at Cartmel last month.
“Before that he had back-to-back wins over course and distance. He’s in good order and we expect another big run.”
Among those up against Get Out The Gate is Keith Dalgleish-trained Amalfi Doug, who gained a modern-record seventh Perth success 16 days ago. Also in the line-up are Go Another One and Rio de Dubai trained by County Meath handler John McConnell, who has recorded four winners from his previous 13 runners at the track.
The card boasts runners from Scotland, England and Ireland while Dr Des makes the long journey up from Pembrokeshire in Wales to contest the Injured Jockeys Fund Jack Berry House Handicap Hurdle. His trainer Peter Bowen has saddled 42 winners at Perth and his strike-rate is an impressive 30 per-cent.
The famous primrose and rose hoop colours are carried by Lucinda Russell’s recent course winner Red Missile in the Lord Mansfield Memorial Handicap Hurdle. He is owned by Michael & Lady Jane Kaplan and the silks were worn by three Derby winners bred by Lady Jane’s great-grandfather Lord Rosebery in 1894, 1895 and 1905.