AMALFI DOUG (3.15) would be a fitting tartan winner of the Sam Morshead Perth Gold Cup broadcast live on ITV3.
The 3m handicap chase is named in memory of the former Scone general manager and ex-jump jockey who did so much to put Britain’s most-northerly track on the radar of top English and Irish trainers and jockeys. Carluke-based Keith Dalgleish will have Amalphi Doug primed for the big day, with a recent third to re-opposing Boy’s On Tour sure to have put the four-time course winner spot on. Amalphi Doug is 12lb better off with the winner.
Lucinda Russell will have had her eyes fixed on this prize as well and either Boy’s On Tour or his recent Perth conqueror Fortunes Hiding would be popular local winners. Boy’s On Tour must prove his stamina over this longer distance but there are no such concerns over Fortunes Hiding, a 3m 1f winner at Ffos Las (good) for previous trainer Peter Bowen. Deep ground is an unknown.
Neil Mulholland saddles both The Young Master and Soapy Soups. The latter chased home Amalphi Doug over course and distance last September and finds himself 13lb worse off.
Nicky Richards has a live chance with Imada, an easy winner at Bangor under Brian Hughes, but a 12lb rise makes things more difficult. Imada beat Boy’s On Tour a head when they clashed over 2m 4f here last April and very little separates them at the weights.
As You Like has been most consistent for Jonjo O’Neill and looked as good as ever when scoring at Southwell. On the down side, his best form has been shown on a sounder surface.
O’Brien’s IMPERIAL ELYSIAN (2.40) is worth a bet in the 2m 4f handicap hurdle. The gelding has won his last three races and the manner of his latest Southwell success suggests the six-year-old is still giving the handicapper sleepless nights. Native Fighter is perched at the bottom of the weights and his Cartmel third to Chocolat Noir last month was a fair effort.
GEMOLOGIST (3.50) makes strong appeal in the mares’ handicap hurdle. She was beaten by Pammi at Musselburgh last winter but enjoys a significant pull in the weights. Gemologist ran well enough when second to Chosen Flame over an inadequate trip here 19 days ago to believe she has returned to action in good nick. Jonjo O’Neill’s At First Glance steps into handicap company with an obvious chance.
At Goodwood, D’BAI (3.35) can lift the feature Ladbrokes Supreme Stakes. The Godolphin gelding was help up in rear and could never strike a blow behind Space Blues in the Lennox Stakes here at the end of July but had previously quickened up smartly to beat Ostilio at Haydock (good to soft). David O’Meara won this event last year with Suedios and relies on Escobar, third in the Lennox Stakes but since only seventh behind Safe Voyage at York.