Damp this morning and some heavy showers about this afternoon, definitely a change to a more normal weather pattern but a glorious afternoon at Perth on Thursday where a huge weekday crowd enjoyed competitive racing and, it has to be said, lots to drink! A “Ladies Day” at it’s best and in the opening race Dance of Fire took a small step back in the right direction by finishing 4th, he still appears to be saving plenty for himself though and at this stage he doesn’t look like replicating the level of form he showed on the flat over hurdles.
Later in the afternoon Dutch Canyon was sent off the well-backed favourite in the staying handicap chase but didn’t really run his race, I’m just not quite sure he had enough chasing experience to handle the sharp track/stiff fences test that Perth represents, he stayed on well enough at the end and I haven’t ruled out a quick reappearance at Hexham on Tuesday.
We are off to Hexham tomorrow as well, for the first of the two point-to-points they run on the inner course there this year; I am assured it has been well watered and the conditions of the first race suit Rossini’s Dancer particularly well so he will hopefully make a quick reappearance under Crawford in the opener, then Kit will ride Top Cat Henry in the Men’s Open and Bertie Milan will run in the NPPA race later on the card. Some great pictures of our runners at Perth taken by Dennis Penny.