Keith Dalgliesh hopes cheekpieces can secure new trophy at sold-out Perth

Fri 18 Aug 2017

By staff

Hazel Peplinski has warned racegoers that Perth has sold out in advance of the racecourse’s only Saturday fixture of the year.

Perth stages the valuable seven-race card, with the £25,000 Sprits Of Scone Stone Of Destiny Handicap Hurdle acting as the cornerstone.

It is the first time Perth has sold out, and the maximum 10,000 capacity has been enforced by the course’s safety certificate.

“I am worried that all the regular racegoers who buy on the day might turn up,” Peplinski told

“I hope those people do not come so we can avoid bedlam.

“It is the first time we have ever sold out. We have had bigger crowds, but modern day Health and Safety capacity has been reached.”

Peplinksi has successfully bid for a second Saturday fixture next year in order to accommodate the heightened demand.

“Hopefully it will give people the opportunity to decide which fixture they come to next year, or even allow some people to attend both.”

The racecourse have commissioned a replica Stone Of Scone, which was used for centuries in the coronation of Scottish monarchs until the famous stone was stolen from nearby Scone Abbey in 1296.

The racecourse have specially commissioned a trophy modelled by local Scottish artist Gordon Muir, which is an exact miniature of the real thing.

Keith Dalgleish could be in line to get his hands on this new trophy if Mirsaale can maintain his 100 per cent course record in the feature.

Stone Of Scone Trophy - Perth Artist Gordon Muir sourced the same seam of red sandstone as the original Stone Of Scone for the new trophy (Perth)

The Carluke-based top-weight, who ran in the 2013 Derby when trained by James Tate, bids to concede upwards of 5lbs to his five rivals.

Mirsaale made it three from three at Britain's most northerly course earlier this month, and Dalgleish said: “He's in good order and will like the ground. It's good money and he has always been quite a slick jumper - fingers crossed he keeps that up.

“Brian Hughes rode him last time and, on his recommendation, he's wearing cheekpieces for the first time over hurdles. They improved him on the Flat and hopefully he will run a big race again on Saturday.”

Mirsaale's opponents include Jennie Candlish-trained Theflyingportrait and Nicky Richards' Caius Marcius, who are both unbeaten in two previous visits to the Scone track.

Also in the line-up is four-time Perth scorer Green Zone, trained in Cumbria by Lisa Harrsion and the winners of his last three starts.

The competitive field is completed by Dr Richard Newland's hat-trick seeking Lovato ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, and Donald McCain-trained Dear Sire who chased home Mirsaale 17-days ago.

Dual champion jockey Richard Johnson has five rides starting with Knockmaole Boy in the opening Supreme Fast Foods Novices' Hurdle for Gordon Elliott.

During the last two campaigns, Perth supplied Johnson with more winners than any other course in the country.

The famous primrose and rose hoop colours of Michael and Lady Jane Kaplan are carried by Lucinda Russell-trained Thorpe who attempts a rapid course and distance hat-trick in Handicap Hurdle.

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