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Perth- Preview 21st September 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.


Following an extraordinary weekend as the nation said goodbye to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Perth Racecourse has the honour of being the first race meeting in Scotland since the State Funeral.

All at Perth look forward to welcoming racegoers, who share the late Queen’s love of racing, to celebrate the end of a successful and busy season, the first season with full access for crowds since 2019.

On the track, Charlotte Jones is looking forward to more success at Perth on Wednesday from her three booked rides at the Scone venue. Her first mount is aboard Native Fighter for her Cartmel-based employer Jimmy Moffatt in the PKAVS Improving Wellbeing Empowering Communities Handicap Hurdle.

Jones said: “After Cartmel, where I’ve had the bulk of my success, Perth is one of the courses I’ve done quite well at so I’m looking forward to coming up again.

“Native Fighter is a horse I know really well and we’ve won four times together including at Perth a couple of years ago. Most of his recent runs have been at Cartmel but he has run well elsewhere as he has also won at Carlisle and, before he came to Jimmy, at Market Rasen.”

The feature race is the £25,000 Weatherbys David Whitaker Handicap Chase over three miles. Ballyandy, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and winner of the Grade 1 Champion Bumper at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, is among the declared field of eight runners. Another interesting contender is Bavington Bob, trained by Ann Hamilton and ridden by Brian Hughes, who has won four of his starts over fences.

Perth’s 2022 season concludes with the two-day Glorious Finale this Wednesday and Thursday. For information and to purchase tickets, including a special two-day package, visit