A bumper ten runners at Perth tomorrow on their valuable Perth Sam Morshead Gold Cup day.
We start with The Last King Of Wales who tries again over two miles, with his tongue strap back on. He was keen in behind last time, albeit in the pouring rain, and hopefully he will appreciate the better ground tomorrow.
Magnum gives Patrick Wadge his first ride under rules in the two mile novice hurdle. A return to the form of his hurdles debut would see Magnum in the mix. Patrick has had a few rides in point to points and is one of our valued work riders. Just seventeen years old Patrick is light and is able to claim ten pounds for us.
Lucky Flight then makes his chasing debut in a hot looking novice handicap chase. While lacking chasing experience Lucky was a good horse for us last season and he previously won a point to point in Ireland. A young horse who can be headstrong we think that fences will be the making of him and look forward to the rest of the season with him.
We run two in the feature race; Fortune's Hiding won here last month and while he steps up to three miles he has won over this far before. Boys On Tour was second to Fortune's but then followed up three weeks ago. He loves Perth but will need to improve for this longer trip as he runs off his highest handicap mark to date.
Our newly appointed head lad takes the ride on Gemologist in the two and a half mile mares hurdle. Running consistently Gem keeps creeping up the handicap hence the seven pound claim. She is a most determined mare in a finish and fully deserves to win.
Two in the second division of the two mile hurdle: Touchedbyanangel has been out of form but he has been working nicely at home and it is good to have him back at Perth. Vinos Choice is back over hurdles after a good second over fences; he will be staying on in the closing stages.
The Tay Valley Chasers have their second runner as Orioninverness makes his seasonal debut. He always improves for his first run and has a nice contest here next month.
Finally we run newcomer Bayfriars Bobby in the bumper. A well bred four year old he lacks the experience of most of the other runners, but this is a good starting point for him.