We were delighted with Engles Rock's run this afternoon when she returned to form to be second, finally knuckling down in the closing stages and closing on the leader. She seemed to find the flatter track more to her liking and will be better again on softer ground.
It was a nice warm-up for tomorrow when we have twelve runners declared at Perth. The ground is good and hopefully, a little rain will ease it as we have declared some nice prospects for later in the season.
The novice hurdle has attracted a small field but probably due to Getaround who comes here after an impressive win last time. Our mare, Southern Girl gets a handy weight allowance, and while this is her hurdle debut she is a former point to point winner.
On to the novice handicap chase and Dr Hooves has a pair of cheekpieces on to help him travel in his race. A winner back in February round Musselburgh he has the ability to win again if things fall right for him. Calle Malva is another previous point to point winning mare who we like a lot and she makes her chase debut. She is best on soft ground so we will check the going before she runs.
We have three runners in the three mile handicap hurdle; Island Heights can run well fresh but carries top weight. Rivabodiva gives Patrick Wadge his second ride under rules and it is great to have her back on track after a colic operation last winter. Order Of Thistle loves sharp tracks and he should be better suited to Perth than he was to Bangor last time.
Voix D'Eau used to be rather headstrong but the lads here have settled him well and he ran a satisfactory race last time after a break when fourth. He has cheekpieces back on tomorrow and carries a light weight in a good quality race. He is pictured having an afternoon nap today.
Three more in the two mile handicap hurdle; Effet Special won here last month under crazy weather conditions, contending with a thunderstorm. I doubt that we will have the same situation tomorrow and if he is in the same form he could defy his weight rise. Touchedbyanangel makes a quick return having been midfield last week; Stephen is keen to try different tactics tomorrow before we reach for headgear. Gemologist is back to the minimum trip have flattened out over two and a half miles last time, and she deserves to win a contest before long as she has been so consistent in the past.
Caboy delighted us last time on his long awaited return to the track, and haing schooled well at home he takes on the chase fences tomorrow. Ex-French he has scope for improvement on his first run since a wind operation.
Finally, we are looking forward to seeing Otello Moor on the track. A well balanced type, his future in over three miles and fences, and he will gain plenty of experience tomorrow.