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Perth- Preview 13th August 2022

Gordon Brown – Race Reporter

Gordon has a wealth of experience of racing through his background in the written and broadcast media. His current principle role is reporting and supporting the scene in Scotland on Racing TV and relaying the latest news with Scottish angles.


TRAINER Laura Morgan is hoping for a big run from Socialist Agenda in the Perthshire Stone Of Destiny Handicap Hurdle at Perth on Saturday, where the Grandstand is completely sold out and only a small number of Picnic Enclosure tickets remain.

In front of a bumper crowd the Leicestershire raider, owned by Dundee United director Jimmy Fyffe, is set to be partnered by dual champion jockey Brian Hughes, who has won the last three renewals of the £30,000 two-mile feature.

Morgan boasts a near 30 per-cent strike rate at Perth this term and she said: “It’s a tremendous prize and fingers crossed he has a decent chance. He’s already won the Scottish County Hurdle at Musselburgh in February so this would make a nice double. His regular jockey Adam Wedge is currently injured but I don’t think Brian is a bad replacement!”

The opposition to Socialist Agenda includes Noahthirtytwored – a first Perth runner for Epsom-based trainer Adam West – who has won his last three races, and Lady Reset, an impressive winner of a mares’ hurdle at Stratford last month for David Pipe and Tom Scudamore.

Malangen, already a two-time course winner this summer for his Cumbrian trainer Lisa Harrison, faces 11 rivals in the Perth Silent Auction Perth Rotary Club Handicap Hurdle.

Prominent owner Ray Green is double-handed with Iain Jardine’s Exit To Where and Lucinda Russell-trained Castletown in the Mike Ogston’s 50th Birthday Handicap Chase.

Perth Racecourse racing manager, Matthew Taylor, said: “We are looking forward to another glorious day’s racing at Perth, with the good weather continuing on to the race day. The going is Good and we have 59 runners over seven races with the feature race, the Stone Of Destiny, looking highly competitive with eight runners.”

Only a small number of Picnic Enclosure tickets remain for Stone of Destiny Raceday, available via The first of seven races is at 2pm, the last at 5.25pm, all live on Racing TV.