Perth picks up Prince Charles

Duke of Rothesay at Perth? No, not that one

Royal patronage of horseracing is nothing new, with the Queen and before her the Queen Mother both regular supporters. Princess Anne, too, has a wide range of equestrian interests, including competing as a jockey in both flat and National Hunt races.

This coming Saturday, her older brother, under his guise of Duke of Rothesay, will be attending Perth racecourse, for a special charities race day. With over £90,000 of prize-money, and an expected crowd of over 15,000, the meeting is expected to be the biggest ever to be staged at the course.

The race day is one of a series of events taking place in Perth over the weekend with the aim of raising over £200,000 for the Prince’s Charities in Scotland. Racecourse general manager Sam Morshead said, "This fixture is shaping up to be our most popular event of all time and the icing on our cake is have their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay attending a meeting at Perth."

The field for the feature event, the £40,000 Scottish Hydro Summer Champion Hurdle is headed by Overturn, who won both the Northumberland Plate and Galway Hurdle last year and the Chester Cup earlier this season. Trainer Donald McCain said, "At home he's looked fantastic. He's been a tad inconsistent since he ran a blinder in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, but we're confident going into Saturday."

In what looks to be a competitive race leading trainers Philip Hobbs and Nicky Henderson will be represented by Nearby and General Miller respectively, whilst regular visitor to Perth Gordon Elliott, has Brave Beauty, easy winner of three novice hurdles course this season, amongst his four entries.

Also attending the meeting with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond. He said, "It is incredible to see how this event has grown from a conversation I had with the Prince into a spectacular day of racing. I'm thrilled to be attending and I look forward to participating in the full range of events."

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