Strong five-day entries for Perth’s Autumn Raceday this Monday
Perth Racecourse is eyeing another afternoon of red-hot racing this Monday, encouraged by strong entries for its Autumn Raceday prior to final declarations on Sunday.
Another action-packed seven race card, boasting £75,000 in prize-money, has again piqued the interest of some of the biggest owners and trainers in UK looking for another successful northern raid.
The feature race at 3.45pm, the Class 2 Sodexo Prestige Venues and Events Killiecrankie Handicap Chase, is worth £25,000 alone and sure to wow another big Perth crowd. Last year’s winner Hammersly Lake, trained in Oxfordshire by Charlie Longsdon, is one of nine course winners listed in the feature prior to final declarations. He went on to finish a close fifth in the American Grand National after his impressive success 12 months ago. Hammersly Lake is owned by Robert Aplin who has organized a private parade ring box on course to enjoy the occasion with friends and family.
Elsewhere, the 3.15pm Edinburgh Handicap Hurdle sees rookie trainer Tristan Davidson, currently making a name for himself, pencilling in recent Cartmel winner Justatenner.
Final declarations will be made on Sunday with the meeting set to attract another large Scone crowd; new figures revealed this week showed that Perth has enjoyed a 6% increase in attendances so far this year compared with 2017.
Hazel Peplinksi, Perth Racecourse chief executive, said: “It is a fun time of year as the team are already eagerly planning ahead for 2019 and yet we still have plenty of action on the track to enjoy in the coming weeks. For Monday the going is officially Good and we are confident of presenting ideal jumping conditions for the time of year. Should we miss some of the forecast showers between now and raceday we can easily maintain conditions with a whirl of the irrigator.”
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