• 15:35 Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer Novices' Hurdle2m 4f 110y

  • Winner £3,249 2nd £954 3rd £477 4th £238
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places on stands bend)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 54.30s
  • Off time: 15:35:39
15:35 Perth Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Handmaid 6/4
2nd Never Never (IRE) 11/4


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 421-421 Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves Never Never (IRE) 48
4 11-2 D McCain Jnr N D Fehily 122 11/43.75
2 3/503-63 Grey, Red stripe, armlets and cap Apachee Prince (IRE) 30
5 10-12 A C Whillans E Whillans (3) 9/43.25
3 13- Black and orange (quartered), checked sleeves, orange and black quartered cap Cliff Lane (IRE) 129
5 10-12 t Miss Lucinda V Russell Craig Nichol (5) 20/121.00
4 2120-13 Light Blue, Maroon hoops, striped sleeves, Light Blue cap Handmaid 40
5 10-12 P Bowen J E Moore 117 6/42.50
5 5-F3253 Pale blue, red sleeves, black and red check cap Raifteiri (IRE) 21
7 10-12 William Young Jnr Callum Bewley (7) 69 150/1151.00
6 BF/10-77 Royal blue, white hoop and armlets, white cap, royal blue diamond California Desert (IRE) 37
6 10-5 p1 C A McBratney Grant Cockburn (5) 25/126.00


If this contest had been run over a month ago then APACHEE PRINCE wouldn't have rated a mention but his latest effort when a close-up third to Vesperal Dream and No Substitute represented a dramatic shift in the right direction for the Whillans gelding. Mounting a strong late challenge, he came home to real effect and a similar performance here would see him pose a major threat to the two likely market leaders. This will tell us if that represented a one-off performance or not but he's worth taking a chance with, especially as Alan King's runner-up that day has since absolutely hacked up at Uttoxeter. Handmaid got the better of Never Never when the pair clashed at Bangor and there seems no obvious reason to believe that placings wont be confirmed here with Peter Bowen's mare looking the main danger.