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Day One of Glorious Finale

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Day one of Perth’s season-closing Glorious Finale saw Soupy Soups, sent off at 4-1, win the £30,000 David Whitaker Handicap Chase. Impressively leading at the fourth last, Brian Hughes drove the Neil Mulholland-trained eight-year-old home with an eight-length advantage over Graineyhill.

Hughes said: “I hadn’t ridden him before but he gave me a great fell and I knew he stayed the trip well as he was a good second here last time on similar ground.”

Lucinda Russell was also in good form and she recorded a 16-1 double with Mighty Thunder and Katalystic. Mighty Thunder set the ball rolling when taking the Weatherbys TBA Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Blair Campbell.

Tom Willmott rode out his 7lb allowance when steering home Katalystic in the JMIFA Handicap Chase. He said: “I’ve been trying to ride a winner to get down to 5lb for a while and this is actually Stephen Mulqueen’s ride but he’s suspended at the moment.”

Tomorrow’s season finale could be a winning day for Lucinda Russell, who may hold the key to the Follow @racingtv On Twitter Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Staying Chase Series) as she is represented by Boy’s On Tour, Well Above Par and Chanceiton. The locally-based trainer originally had nine entries in the £11,000 three mile contest for horses rated 0-120.

Also in the line-up are One Forty Seven, trained by last year’s winning handler Nigel Twiston-Davies and Pistol Shoot for the Gordon Elliott stable.

Perth’s Glorious Finale takes place tomorrow - for tickets or further information visit www.perth-races.co.uk or follow the racecourse’s social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.