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Wednesday Apr 2020

Doors open: 11:30am

First race: 13:30pm

Last race: 16:45pm

Number of races: 7


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Thursday Apr 2020

Doors open: 11:30am

First race: 13:30pm

Last race: 16:45pm

Number of races: 7


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Friday Apr 2020

Doors open: 11:30am

First race: 13:30pm

Last race: 16:45pm

Number of races: 7


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The 2020 season starts with a thrilling 3 day racing festival, The Perth Festival, and is set to attract some of the biggest and best names in UK and Irish racing to Old Scone this season.

Experience the fantastic Perth Festival atmosphere which is enjoyed not just by the racegoers but by the jockeys, trainers and owners too. There will be a huge amount of excitement in the Grandstand area as the crowd welcome in another year of first-class racing action to the UK’s most northerly racecourse.

 

FEATURED RACING HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1 - The waiting is over! As always Perth starts its new season with a real bang and prize money for the 2019 three-day Festival is a whopping £304,000.

Our first Listed race of the year on this opening day is the £30,000 (up from £25,000 in 2018) EBF Stallions Gold Castle 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle over three miles. Champion Irish trainer Willie Mullins recorded his first ever Perth success in the 2016 renewal and last year's winner, Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Callet Mad was subsequently placed in Graded company. However, it's not all about one race and there is also a strong supporting card including a valuable Class 3 handicap chase again over three miles.

 

Day 2 - Hopefully everyone (jockey, owners, trainers & racegoers) will still be going strong and a £30,000 highlight is worthy of mention -  the River Tay handicap chase over 2m 4f - focusses the mind on the middle day, one of many large prizes scooped last year by the Bowen family raiding from deepest Wales – this time James rode his father’s Wadswick Court to a fine victory.

In a slight re-shuffle, the Hunter Chase shall now be run on this middle day and has been made an Open contest in memory of the much-admired track specialist Creevytennant. We are delighted that “Creevy’s” owner Mrs Duncan as well as The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards shall be supporting this popular race this season and look forward to welcoming both parties for a very special race.

And don't just focus on favourites if you're having a flutter - one of the winners last year Asylo, was returned at 33/1 and paid 54/1 on the Tote!

 

Day 3 - After two nights (or maybe more!) of high jinks off the track we're back on course for Day 3 of the festival with a record total prizefund of £112,000 on offer – Perth’s richest ever raceday!!

The Listed three-mile £35,000 Fair Maid of Perth Chase for mares only, which is sponsored by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, was won last year by Peter Bowen's Ron’s Dream who followed up in similar company shortly after. The Bowens are worth a follow at Perth!

The Highland National in many respects is the main feature of the whole week. It is a large prize for these Class 3 Staying Chasers who shall race over the stamina sapping three miles and six furlongs, our longest race of Perth’s whole season and regularly attracts a very competitive field with plenty of familiar names amongst them.

Scottish trainers have a good recent record with the 2016 renewal going to Iain Jardine-trained Double Whammy while Nick and Lucy Alexander won in 2014 with Bertie Milan. Last year it went to Chic Name trained in Cheltenham by Richard Hobson who is also a great supporter of Perth.

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Wed Apr Day 1

Doors open: 11:30am

First race: 13:30pm

Last race: 16:45pm

Number of races: 7


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Thu Apr Day 2

Doors open: 11:30am

First race: 13:30pm

Last race: 16:45pm

Number of races: 7


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Fri Apr Day 3

Doors open: 11:30am

First race: 13:30pm

Last race: 16:45pm

Number of races: 7


WEAR: Dress appropriately for the Scottish weather! No ripped jeans, trainers or football colours

EAT: Head to Well Hung & Tender for a juicy burger between races!

DRINK: Treat yourself to some Edinburgh Gin from the One For Arthur Gin & Fizz Bar at the Parade Ring

SEE: The Highland National – the longest race staged at Perth over the entire season over three miles, six furlongs

DO: Be sure to visit the parade ring to see the horses close up and personal

PARTY: Make sure you stick around after the final race on the Friday to see live music in The Barn