Dave Nevison's horse racing tips for Friday: Captain can fly the flag at Perth

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Fri 23 Apr 2021

Our website tipster Dave Nevison thinks one horse has plenty to recommend them on the final day of the William Hill Perth Festival. Enjoy more jumps action from Kilbeggan and good Flat racing from Sandown Park and Cork live this Friday on Racing TV.

Sandown has put on a cracking card on Friday, but it was a case of tipping all the Gosden runners or ducking out and watching instead and I have taken the coward’s route. It is Highlands National day at Perth and bets look easier to find.

2.05 Perth: Captain Blackpearl at 4-1 with William Hill

The fences at Perth are probably the easiest Captain Blackpearl has faced this season and Ciaran Gethings – on board for his latest win – takes the ride for the first time since.

If he can perfect his jumping, I have no doubt this is a well-handicapped chaser who could win a decent race over fences. Hopefully this could provide a stepping stone along the way.

Captain Blackpearl’s win came on similar good going to this and trainer Tom George has been in excellent form this spring.

2.40 Perth: Gran Paradiso at 11-2 with bet365

This horse has an awful lot in his favour, and it won’t be a good weekend if it doesn’t manage to hit the frame at least.

By Galileo, he started out with Aidan O’Brien but has been through a few yards before arriving at Tristan Davidson’s. Gran Paradiso would not be the first horse to be improved significantly by this trainer and, despite a 10lb rise for his latest win, I believe he will still prove to be favourably treated.

His win came at lowly Sedgefield, but he won as he liked by 19 lengths and the only horse to come out of the race so far has won in form that looks strong for the track.

It looks as though the extra four furlongs will not be any trouble and, looking at this race, he is likely to be able to adopt a prominent position. I am hopeful he will have the legs of some of these exposed stayers long before the finish.

3.15 Perth: Gunsight Ridge at 7-2 with William Hill

He was backed as if defeat was out of the question at Market Rasen last time, but he came up against a bang on-song Prince Escalus and couldn’t quite peg him back after looking sure to win turning into the straight.

A tongue strap is interestingly applied now which may explain that disappointment, but I am definitely prepared to give him another chance. I think he is every inch a progressive handicapper and possibly one for one of those good Market Rasen handicaps this summer.

Olly Murphy has remained in excellent form since that latest run for Gunsight Ridge last month and, though he is 5lb higher for getting beaten there, horses that have finished in front of him recently include Aintree scorer Hometown Boy and subsequent winner Gowel Road.

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