Perth Festival

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25

Wednesday Apr 2018

Doors open: 12:00pm

First race: 13:30pm

Last race: 16:45pm

Number of races: 7


26

Thursday Apr 2018

Doors open: 12:00pm

First race: 13:50pm

Last race: 17:10pm

Number of races: 7


27

Friday Apr 2018

Doors open: 12:00pm

First race: 13:30pm

Last race: 16:45pm

Number of races: 7


3 day Festival starting the summer jump season plus DJ Nick Grimshaw on Friday 27 April - this a Festival not to miss!

The 2018 season starts with a bang with the Perth Festival! The prize money this year is up by 35 percent which is sure to attract some of the biggest and best names in UK and Irish racing to Scone this April.

Experience the fantastic Perth Festival atmosphere which is enjoyed not just by the racegoers but by the jockeys, trainers and owners too. There will be a huge amount of excitement in the Grandstand area as the crowd welcome in another year of first-class racing action to the UK’s most northerly racecourse.

 

FEATURED RACING HIGHLIGHTS

The Festival gets underway on Wednesday 25 April and the feature race is the EBF Stallions Gold Castle ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle – with £25,000 the prize for the winner. In 2016, Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins had his first winner at Perth in this very race and it often tempts some of the country’s finest trainers to have a runner. There is also a strong supporting card including a valuable handicap chase, and of course there is plenty going on around the Grandstand area on the first day of the friendly Festival.

Day two sees history made in Perth as the prize money for the race day hits £103,000 – the first time a meeting has ever been worth six-figures. Everyone will be in great spirits after the first day and the feature race is a handicap chase over two miles, four furlongs – with the winner of the race pocketing a very tasty £30,000 prize. Last year’s Thursday raceday saw a 33/1 winner, so don’t just focus on the short-priced favourites when you’re having a flutter!

The party is really in full swing when it comes to Friday – the final day of the 2018 Perth Festival. Radio One DJ, Nick Grimshaw, will be there to entertain the crowd with a 90 minute set after the final race on the main stage as he comes to Perth for the first time. And, there is £100,000 of prize money to scoop on the day as well. The big money race is the new Fair Maid of Perth Chase for Mares only, sponsored by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and it’s the richest race ever staged in Perth with £35,000 up for grabs.

The other big race on the Friday of Perth Festival is the Highland National – a race in which Scottish trainers have a good record – and with £25,000 going to the winner it is sure to entice the top trainers to have a runner. In recent years, both Iain Jardine and Nick Alexander have trained winners in this race and there will be high hopes of another Scottish-trained winner in 2018.

It’s going to be a great start to what is shaping up to be the biggest season yet here at Perth. Buy your tickets in advance to ensure you don’t miss out on what is going to be a huge party to kick off 2018 at Perth Racecourse!

 

25

Wed Apr

Doors open: 12:00pm

First race: 13:30pm

Last race: 16:45pm

Number of races: 7


26

Thu Apr

Doors open: 12:00pm

First race: 13:50pm

Last race: 17:10pm

Number of races: 7


27

Fri Apr

Doors open: 12:00pm

First race: 13:30pm

Last race: 16:45pm

Number of races: 7


 

WEAR: Dress smart and appropriately for the Scottish weather! No ripped jeans, trainers or football colours

EAT: Head to the Highland Burger Bar for a tasty treat in between races!

DRINK: Treat yourself to some Edinburgh Gin from the Gin & Fizz Bar at the Parade Ring

SEE: The Highland National – the longest race staged at Perth over the entire season over three miles, six furlongs

DO: Be sure to visit the parade ring to see the horses close up and personal

PARTY: Make sure you stick around after the final race on the Friday to see Nick Grimshaw dazzle the Perth crowd!

EXTRAS: Business Networking from Scottish Chambers