Brian Hughes continues superb run as Ming Dynasty takes the Perth Silver Cup
Ming Dynasty showcased his jumping ability to land the Perth Silver Cup under top weight and cap off a successful week for Brian Hughes, who rode a superb treble on the day.
The nine-year-old eased to a three-and-a-half length win for trainer Brian Ellison ahead of the tiring Duke Of Navan.
Ellison said: "He's a game horse and a good jumper, he really bangs through the fences at a great rate. He tries very hard, and it was a very nice performance."
The burden of top weight was not an issue for the Yorkshire-based trainer, who was more concerned with the going, saying: "I was expecting a good run from him, but I was just a bit worried about the ground. I won't be rushing to run him on soft again, but if it happens on the day there's not much you can do about it."
Hughes also scored on Juge Et Parti in the 3m novice handicap chase and Amalfi Doug in the 2m4f handicap chase to add to an impressive weekly tally for the 2019-20 champion jockey after he landed a four-timer in Jersey on Friday evening.
Homme D'un Soir recovered from a late-race blunder to romp home in the 2m novice hurdle.
The five-year-old crashed through the second-last when clear of the field, but was able to stay on his feet under Daryl Jacob to secure a 13-length victory for trainer Denise Foster.
Dick Allan remembered
A minute's silence was held at Perth before the opening race to honour Kelso-born trainer Dick Allan, who has died at the age of 74.
The trainer saddled more than 260 winners, including 1988 Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Pat's Jester.
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