Beeves back for more as Perth hosts richest ever race
Energy Check City of Perth Gold Cup Handicap Chase | 3m | 5yo+ | RUK
Were Beeves to win the Perth Gold Cup for a second year in succession, connections would pocket a further £6,256 due to a £10,000 prize-money boost that makes this £40,000 contest the richest race in Perth's long history.
He lines up here 4lb higher in the handicap, while Lord Ballim (sixth) and Looking Well (seventh) reoppose.
Alan O'Keeffe, Candlish's assistant, said: "He ran well last time at Uttoxeter, but it will be a tough ask off top weight."
Beeves' main danger could be the Pauline Robson-trained Martiloo, who has won his last two and progressed from a mark of 108 to 123 – and he's showing no signs of stopping.
"They've had some rain so we're happy to run," said the eight-year-old's trainer.
"She's come out of her last race well. She's had her problems in the past but she's a beautiful mare and I'm expecting a nice run.
"It was a fair performance at Aintree last time and although she's going up in trip I think she'll get it easy enough, I don't see it being a problem."
What they say
Tom George, trainer of Sadler's Risk
He's in good form, he's had only one run for us and the ground was a bit softer than ideal then.
Rebecca Menzies, trainer of Pain Au Chocolat
We've had this race in mind for most of the season. He's unproven at the trip but has shown signs he'll stay on less testing ground, and he's in fine form at home. He should be in the mix.
Sandy Thomson, trainer of Charmix
He's come from Gordon Elliott's and we were delighted with his last run. Hopefully he can run a big race.
Peter Bowen, trainer of Henllan Harri
He ran back over hurdles last time and ran well. He needed it slightly.
Nigel Hawke, trainer of Lord Ballim
He's won over two and a half miles, but we've always had a feeling he'd be a better over three. He likes this time of year and goes to the race in good form.
Iain Jardine, trainer of Rainy City
It's a hard race, but he's won round there before so knows his way around the track. He's at the right end of the weights and has some good form from when he was with Paul Nicholls. If he can produce anything like his best he'd have a good chance.
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