Sun shines on Perth as Sean Flanagan wins feature race
Sean Flanagan landed the featured £22,000 Sunsport Handicap Chase (for the Perth Silver Cup) on 5-1 chance Callthebarman at Perth Racecourse’s Family Raceday.
Sunshine was the order of the day as a bumper crowd of 5,000 flocked to the track for the annual fixture.
The Irish raider, completing a Family Raceday double for trainer Gavin Cromwell, saw off Raven’s Tower by a length - with last year’s hero Go West Young Man 18-lengths back in third.
Flanagan, who was bouncing back from being sore after a fall at Limerick on Saturday, said: “I only had one previous ride here and that was a few years ago, so it’s great to win a valuable prize. Gavin’s horses are in pretty decent form although he had a bit to find on his chasing mark.
“He was a bit keen early on but he jumped really well. He’s come home strongly and his jumping up the straight helped win the race for him.”
Jonathan Moore enjoyed his first success at the track when scoring on Top Of The Charts to initiate a double for Gavin Cromwell in the opening Scottish Sun Novices’ Hurdle.
“I’ve been here for a few rides before but this is my first winner and he is a young horse with a bright future over fences,” said Moore, who is based with the winning trainer.
“The track at Perth Racecourse is in very good condition and the prize money is pretty decent – they had an exceptional crowd today as well.”
Putting Green, trained in Gloucestershire by Neil Mulholland, lost his maiden tag at the 13th attempt when taking the Lodge At Perth Racecourse Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Aidan Coleman.
“It was his first crack at three miles and I rode him if he would stay, and he stuck on well,” Coleman reported. “This could well be the confidence booster he needed and hopefully he will win again.”
As well as a double header later this month, Perth is also gearing up for its hugely popular Carnival Raceday – the final Saturday fixture of the season taking place on 17 August.