The second day of the Glorious Finale meeting at Perth Racecourse on Thursday will provide punters with a plethora of betting opportunities. The bumper nine-race card is book-ended by two divisions of a three-mile handicap hurdle and features some hugely competitive action throughout the afternoon.
Numerous top jockeys are booked to ride, while leading trainers such as Paul Nicholls and Jonjo O’Neill are sending runners to the Scottish course. Read on as we preview what is sure to be an exciting afternoon of equine action and pick out some of the best horse racing bets on the card.
O’Neill Fancied to Get Off to a Flyer
The Composeur looks an extremely interesting proposition in an opening handicap hurdle that looks short of much strength in depth. Jonjo O’Neill’s five-year-old was an impressive winner off a lower mark at Huntingdon back in February, before producing a lifeless display at Catterick towards the end of the month.
O’Neill has given The Composeur plenty of time to recover from those exertions and his patience could be rewarded at Perth. Big Penny and Milanstorm are the biggest dangers, although both look too short in the betting given what they have achieved on the track to date.
Missile Set to Fire for Russell
Lucinda Russell will fancy her chances of winning the juvenile hurdle at 1.45 with the former William Haggas trained Red Missile. The three-year-old was an impressive winner on the flat over 12 furlongs at Lingfield during August and looks the ideal type for hurdles.
He beat a pretty strong field on that occasion, showing an excellent attitude to storm clear of his rivals on the run-in. Jan Wellens could prove to be dangerous under jockey Richard Johnson, but Red Missile is strongly fancied to get his hurdling career off to a winning start.
Exciting Novices go Head-to-Head
Saglawy and Redford Road are the star attractions in a small but select field for the two-and-half-mile novices’ chase at 2.15. The first-named horse has his first run over jumps for champion trainer Paul Nicholls having recently finished down the field in the Old Borough Cup Handicap at Haydock.
He could have his work cut out against Redford Road, with Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge boasting Grade Two winning form over hurdles. Big Bad Bear looks to be a lively outsider having recorded two victories over hurdles towards the end of 2019, while Not That Fuisse and Carrolls Milan also can’t be ruled out.
Copperless is One to Follow
Trainer Olly Murphy has his string in fine fettle and his Copperless looks to have an outstanding chance of adding another win to his tally in the novices’ hurdle at 3.25. The Kayf Tara gelding was Evens favourite for an all-weather bumper at Lingfield last November, but could only manage third behind Northern Poet.
Copperless has undergone wind surgery since that run and is exactly the type of horse that Murphy tends to excel with. The five-year-old won’t lack for fitness and with Johnson in the plate he is fully expected to produce a big run.
Icon Ready to Shine Again
The handicap chase at 4.00 looks a tricky puzzle to solve, but Iain Jardine’s River Icon should give punters a good run for their money. The eight-year-old was an impressive winner at Cartmel during August, romping home by five-and-a-half lengths from Takingitallin.
River Icon’s last run at Perth back in July 2019 saw him run out a narrow winner over hurdles and another big run is on the cards this week. Monsieur Co could be competitive after finishing fourth in a better class race last time out and may reward punters looking for a bit of value.
Craigmor on a Recovery Mission
Craigmor will be a popular pick in the handicap chase at 5.10 as he seeks to make amends for a costly blunder on his most recent visit to Perth. The eight-year-old unseated Johnson at the first fence on that occasion, but he can gain swift compensation here.
The Craigsteel gelding is generally a consistent performer having finished in the money on nine of his 14 outings prior to that mishap. Cage of Fear may be dangerous under jockey Paddy Brennan, although he jumped poorly on his most recent run at Market Rasen.
Ganache a Banker in the Last
Petite Ganache hasn’t finished out of the first three in his has four outings and looks a banker bet to win the final race of the day at 5.45. Nicky Richards’ hurdler triumphed at Musselburgh back in January and has twice finished third at Perth since then.
Jockey Brian Hughes has a decent book of rides on Thursday’s card, but Petite Ganache looks to be his best chance of a winner. Top weight Talktomenow is expected to run well now he is dropped in class, although the fact that he hasn’t raced since February could count against him.