Targeting a weekend double

Following the success of Speak of The Devil at Hexham this afternoon, we have seven runners set to line up at Perth tomorrow, although with the course watering to maintain good ground, we’ll have to check conditions are suitable before deciding whether all will take their chance.

Petite Rhapsody, who is declared for the opening novice hurdle, is very much a case in point as he appreciated the cut in the ground when third on last month’s hurdling debut. If getting the go-ahead, he will find the step up in trip to his liking but will need to improve in what looks a stronger contest than last time.

 Boy’s On Tour is one who will have no problem with the ground and has solid each-way claims in the next, the 2m4f handicap chase. Already a four-time winner over course and distance, he is now 2 lb below his last winning mark and ran well when third over 3m on unsuitably soft ground last time. He is to be joined by Mint Gold who is stepping back up in trip having been campaigned primarily around 2m. A previous course winner, he will love getting back on a right-handed track and is another who has been eased in the weights after finishing fifth at Kelso on his latest start.

Our next two runners on the card are both horses making their return from lengthy absences, with The Compeller resuming his career after a mammoth 1079-day layoff in the 2m handicap hurdle and Ash Hill making his stable and chasing debut after 634 days off the track in the 2m novice chase. Both have been showing up well in their work and schooling at home but will undoubtedly come on for the run.

 It is great to be represented in the feature Perth Gold Cup with Ain’t My Fault, who steps up a mile in trip having been showing consistent form over 2m of late. He is priced up as one of the outsiders, but is a former Irish point winner and so the longer trip could bring about the necessary improvement.

Finally, we have Life Made Simple in the bumper. A nice type who has already schooled well over hurdles, he should give a decent account of himself, but is a horse who will improve with time and distance.

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