Perth

  • 20:05 Orion Group Handicap Chase 3m

  • Winner £9,495 2nd £2,805 3rd £1,402 4th £702
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 54.20s
  • Off time: 20:05:18
20:05 Perth Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st His Excellency (IRE) 4/1
2nd Carlito Brigante (IRE) 10/3

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 0301-32 Yellow, dark blue epaulets, hooped sleeves Carlito Brigante (IRE) 30
Nag me
8 11-12 Karen McLintock J Reveley 137 10/34.33
2 2044-52 Black and White diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves and cap His Excellency (IRE) 23
Nag me
6 11-12 b D Pipe T Scudamore 137 4/15.00
3 64P06-P ROYAL BLUE and WHITE (quartered), BLACK and WHITE striped sleeves and cap Bless The Wings (IRE) 27
Nag meBeaten Favourite
9 11-10 p1 G Elliott R Johnson 135 5/16.00
4 4-11031 Light Blue and Maroon hoops, Blue sleeves, striped cap Hero De Villeneuve (FR) 27
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-5 t R Hennessy B Hughes 130 3/14.00
5 3/21-763 Maroon, Yellow diamond, chevrons on sleeves, Maroon cap, Yellow diamond Stonethrower (IRE) 40
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-5 t Tim Vaughan Alan Johns (7) 130 16/117.00
6 23-1413 Red, White epaulets, Emerald Green sleeves, White armlets and cap Dark Glacier (IRE) 27
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-0 bt P Bowen N D Fehily 125 7/24.50

Verdict

His Excellency makes the long trek from Somerset and whilst he retains a fair level of ability, no win since October 2012 is something of a telling statistic for the Pipe charge. Bless The Wings is running poorly this term and improvement is required if Stonethrower is to contend. Dark Glacier was third here last time behind Hero De Villeneuve but seems unlikely to reverse placings despite a favourable weights swing as the Irish raider looks a chaser on the upgrade and rates the main danger to CARLITO BRIGANTE. The topweight has done really well since moving to Karen McLintock and his latest effort when second to the progressive The Romford Pele in a Listed chase at Uttoxeter was an excellent performance that sets the standard here.