Here at Small City, we love the races! The Perth Festival is one of our favourite weeks of the year and we can't wait to start the 2017 season off with a bang!
From Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th April, you will see the very best of British and Irish racing come together for a festival of fun in one of racing's most celebrated opening fixtures!
Owners, trainers and some of the industry’s most loved personalities will head to Britain’s most northerly course for exhilarating racing and the warmest of Highland hospitality.
As well as world class horseracing live from the track at Perth, you’re going to enjoy rousing sporting action from Punchestown up on our big screens – make sure to place your bets for both courses – and a fantastic running commentary from the legendary Gareth Topham.
Of course, your day out wouldn’t be complete without the big party atmosphere that has given Perth Festival its place as one of the best days out on Scotland’s social calendar. Live music to welcome you in each and every day, quality business networking from Scottish Chambers (Day 1) and all the fun of a flutter at the totes.
So pull on your smartest cap, dust off your tweeds and make sure you’re with us to celebrate the first stirring meet of the year here at Perth.
HOT TIPS FROM THE TEAM
WEAR: Smart Casual – dress to impress and leave the trainers and footie colours at home!
EAT: A Jim Fairlie Farmhouse Kitchen Perthshire Steak Stir Fry with pitta bread, salad OR A Low & Slow Barbecue in The Barn
SEE: The Punchestown Screening from 3.40pm to 7.15pm races
DO: Make it through the gates in the first 30 on Wednesday and pick up a gift from us!
EXTRAS: Business Networking from Scottish Chambers and Live Music at the gates.
FEATURED RACING HIGHLIGHTS
WEDNESDAY 26th APRIL – Day One National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle Now Listed Status
The waiting is over as Perth starts its 2017 season with a bang! The Day 1 festival feature is the £20,000 British Stallions Future Champions EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle which has been upgraded to Listed status (the category just below Grade class) for the first time this year.
Last April it went to Up For Review, an impressive eight-length winner in the hands of Paul Townend and a first ever Perth success for champion Irish trainer Willie Mullins, but it's strong supporting card this year and includes a valuable handicap chase.
THURSDAY 27th APRIL – Day Two Sees the biggest prize pot of the Three Day Festival at £25K
Day Two sees more of the same fantastic racing with jockeys, owners, trainers and racegoers renowned for their stamina at the Perth Festival! A £25,000 highlight in the Handicap Chase over 2m 4f does help to focus the mind on the middle day mind you!
The race has been dominated in recent times by Witness In Court ; trained in Cheshire by Donald McCain and carrying the familiar colours of Tim Leslie, he's been the winner of the handicap race for the past two years.
FRIDAY 28th APRIL – Day Three Welcomes In The Highland National
After two days of racing, and two nights of celebrating, we're back on course for Day 3 with the main event the much-talked-about £20,000 Highland National. At over 3m 6f this is the longest race staged at Perth all season and is celebrated by the industry and punters alike.
Scottish trainers have a good recent record with last year's renewal going to Iain Jardine-trained Double Whammy while Nick and Lucy Alexander won in 2014 with Bertie Milan.
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