A Family Affair At Perth
On Perth’s richest raceday, Indian Temple produced a thrilling all the way victory in the £40,000 Sam Morshead Perth Gold Cup for father and son partnership Tim and Harry Reed.
Trained in Northumberland by Reed senior, his son Harry got the 7-1 chance home by a short head from Van Gogh Du Granit despite dropping his whip half-way up the run-in.
Harry said: “After losing my stick my thoughts were ‘what my dad would say if we got beat!?’ There were doubts about the trip but he’s seen it out well.
“It’s a lucky day this for Indian Temple, as we’ve won the two and a half mile chase for the last years. I’m really pleased as my dad trains him and he’s owned by my grandad. He’s been a great horse for my career and also won a good race at Musselburgh together. It’s great to win this race as my family has close connections with Sam and I know his son Henry well.”
Sam Coltherd-ridden Ardera Cross, who only cost £1,000, sprung a 40-1 upset for William Young in the Edinburgh Gin Handicap Hurdle.
The Clyde Valley trainer, saddling his first winner for three years, said: “I actually had a tenner each-way him at 66-1 so I’ve nearly paid for him! It was the price that attracted me to him at the sales and we actually haven’t had him too long.”
Blair Campbell rode out his 5lb allowance when making all on Bialco in the Fonab Castle Novices’ Hurdle for his boss Lucinda Russell.
The combination saw off the hot favourite Carrie Des Champs by half a length and the Hawick-born jockey said: “That’s my 40th winner so my claim is reduced to 3lb. My horse had a bit more experience than most in the race so we decided to change tactics.”
Next up is BRAW raceday on Saturday 22 June