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Perth – Preview 28th April 2023

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.

Hughes has Highland National hopes at BetVictor Perth Festival.


Brian Hughes, about to be crowned champion jockey for the third time in four seasons, is looking forward to the ride on Geryville in the £30,000 BetVictor Highland National on the final day of the BetVictor Perth Festival.


He said: “I’ve ridden him on his last couple of starts and it’s the type of race you could see him going well in. He went close at Market Rasen and the ground was pretty trusting next time at Newcastle.”


Opposition to Micky Hammond’s charge include top-weight Court Master, partnered by last year’s winning rider Luca Morgan and Lucinda Russell-trained pair Destiny Is All and Return Fire.


Also representing the home nation are Andrew Hamilton’s If Not For Dylan and Just Don’t Know, trained at Hawick by former jockey Paul Robson while the likely market principal is Concetto, jointly-trained by Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero.


The eight-race card gets underway with Ginger Mail heading the betting for Nick Alexander in the Lengthen The Odds At BetVictor Handicap Hurdle.


Locally trained at Kinneston, the top-weight is equipped with cheekpieces for the first time following two close seconds at Kelso and Ayr.


Cyclop, the 2021 Highland National hero, is also conceding weight all round, in his case in the Edinburgh Gin Handicap Chase. Trained in Northamptonshire by David Dennis, he has won three of his last four outings this term.