The Scotsman

Crack­ing vic­tory for Ni­chol as Des­tiny ful­fils prom­ise at Perth

- By GLENDALE Sports · Horse Racing · Slovenia · Antigua and Barbuda · Getaround

Craig Ni­chol was all smiles after land­ing Perth’s Au­tumn Race­day fea­ture race for Bor­ders trainer Alis­tair Whillans on Crack­ing Des­tiny.

The Ha wick part­ner­ship teamed up to take the spoils with the 7-1 chance who stormed home with nine and a half lengths to spare over Caius Mar­cius in the Keep Your So­cial Dis­tance Hand­i­cap Chase.

Ni­chol said: “It’s the first time I’ve sat on him but I was well briefed by Cal­lum Bew­ley who was sec­ond on him here last time. It didn’t go to plan that we were go­ing to lead so far from home, but he just kept go­ing fur­ther and fur­ther clear, so it all worked out pretty well.”

Ella Pickard was full of praise for Perth after Ge­taround, her first run­ner at the track, landed the Scot­tish Racing Novices’ Hur­dle.

The Nor th Devon han­dler said: “We came up yes­ter­day and it took nearly all day to get here. But it was worth it as ev­ery­one has been re­ally friendly and the hos­pi­tal­ity has been bril­liant.”

Sent off the 2-5 favourite, Ge­taround was also a first course winner for Bryan Carver, and Pickard said: “The plan now is to go to Chep­stow next month for the Per­sian War Hur­dle which is a Grade 2 race. It’s a big step-up but we think a lot of him. He has won twice on heavy ground but horses by his sire can of­ten pre­fer it not so test­ing.”

Mean­while, at Good wood to day, Nuits St Ge­orges has ev­ery chance of be­ing the toast for pun­ters in the Royal Sus­sex Reg­i­ment Hand­i­cap.

David Menu i si er’ s stayer heads for the two-mile heat in good form, with two wins from three starts since racing re­sumed dur­ing the sum­mer.

Those races were all over a mile and a three-quar­ters, but he does stay fur­ther and has won over this two miles in the past.

The Mount Nel­son geld­ing ended the last cam­paign with 12th place in the Ce­sare­witch and the New­mar­ket mar ath on could again be on the agenda.

Tick To ch should ap­pre­ci­ate the move up to seven fur­longs in the Euro­pean Breed­ers Fund EBF Fil­lies’ Novice Stakes.

Wil­liam H ag gas’ charge turned in a sat­is­fac­tory per­for­mance on her race­course bow, fin­ish­ing a three-length four that New bury last month after keep­ing on ad­mirably at the fin­ish over six fur­longs.

Her dam was a Listed winner over a mile and five fur­longs, so Tick Toch looks the type to thrive over more of a stamina test in time.

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