By Brian Hughes
I travel to Perth today for seven rides.
In the opener at 1:25 I’m aboard Green Zone who was in excellent form in July last year. He won three consecutive races including two at this track. He seems to have lost his way in the meantime but showed a glimpse of form here in early August when finishing fourth. A return to his best form would give him a chance as he races off a good mark. Boston Heather, a winner last time out, looks to be the main threat.
Next I’m on An Fear Ciuin in the 1:55. He is still a maiden after thirteen attempts and reverts to hurdles after three recent runs on the flat, including a win at Hamilton in July. He put up a reasonable performance on his last hurdle start here in June when finishing fourth, beaten six and a half lengths. He needs to improve to beat dual bumper winner Galvin, who is making his hurdling debut.
I’m also aboard U Name It in the 2:30. He was a hurdle winner back in 2014 and showed signs of a return to form when running fourth in a three mile handicap hurdle at the course earlier this month. That was his first attempt following a wind op and hopefully the progress continues today. He could get involved with King’s Song the main threat.
Clondaw Kaemper in the 3:05 ran well for me on his last appearance at Ayr in May, finishing 2nd by a length and a quarter by Miles To Milan. He returns to handicap company after a three month break and wind surgery. He is a genuine sort and should have a good chance on this right handed track. Cubomania, from the always dangerous Elliott stable, is probably the one to beat.
Caius Marcius reverts to hurdles in the 3:40 after finishing 2nd in three chase starts. He is a four time hurdle winner and this ultra consistent performer should go well fitted with first time cheekpieces. Parthenius is likely to provide the main challenge but he has gone up by nine pounds. My horse is running well and should go close.
In the 4:15 I’m on Mill Forge. He was a good winner for me at the course in April and followed up with a good second in May. He is back in trip and has had a good break since his last run. He is in good form and will handle the track and the trip. Anytime Now and Uptown Funk are the chief dangers.
My final ride of the day is Rashee in the 5:25. She ran well for me on her racecourse debut last November finishing fourth, having experienced some trouble in running. She returns after a 280 day break and represents a stable with a very good record in these events. I expect a very good run and hope that previous winners Carrie Des Champs and Keep The River are anchored by their penalties.