We send out five runners this afternoon on the first day of Perth’s two-day finale meeting, a fixture that marks the cross over between the summer and winter seasons and a place where we like to start a number of our most promising prospects.
Conditions look perfect for Clearly Crazy to make her stable debut in the opening mares’ novice hurdle. Fourth in a bumper in the spring prior to being placed three times in Irish points, she is sure to improve from the experience of this hurdling debut but we expect a competitive showing.
The yard are bidding for a four-timer in the following 2m4f handicap chase having won it with Orioninverness (twice) and Katalystic in the past three years. Katalystic bids to reprise his victory from 2019, and although he hasn’t been at his best of late, he is potentially well handicapped and should be suited by coming back in trip having found 3m a shade too far at Hexham last time.
Red Missile, a good winner of a 2m maiden hurdle at the last Perth meeting, steps up to 2m4f for his handicap debut in the fifth race on the card. This will require more, especially as the handicapper has raised him 7 lb following that win, but the way he finished last time offers hope that the longer distance will suit.
The veteran Vengeur de Guye returns for another season in the 2m handicap chase and has been showing enough at home to suggest he retains all of his enthusiasm. He’ll like the ease in the ground, but at the age of 12 is entitled to need the run taking on largely race-fit rivals.
In the final race, the second division of the 2m4f handicap hurdle, Petite Rhapsody aims to build on a more promising effort over course and distance last time out. We have left the hood off on this occasion and a lot will depend on how this free-going type settles without it.