Salford highlights Geraghty hat-trick

Barry Geraghty claimed the headlines at Perth as he rode a near 27-1 treble on the final day of the Scottish track’s three-day festival meeting.

Barry Geraghty claimed the headlines at Perth as he rode a near 27-1 treble on the final day of the Scottish track’s three-day festival meeting.

The rider had claimed his first winner at the venue on Thursday and he picked up where he left off as Salford City obliged as the 7-4 favourite in the Timothy Hardie Jewellers Novices’ Chase.

The eight-year-old is well travelled having finished fifth in the 2004 Derby for David Elsworth before being sent to America where he won a Belmont Park allowance race for Patrick Biancone.

Now with Gordon Elliott, Salford City was registering his sixth win for the stable since joining the team in 2007 as he cruised home by 11 lengths from Doctor David.

Elliott said: “He wants good ground and if conditions are right, he will run at Punchestown next week.”

Geraghty made it a double aboard the Nicky Henderson-trained Major Miller (4-1) as he claimed the Novices’ Handicap Chase by six lengths.

General Miller (evens favourite), a half-brother to Major Miller, made it a family affair as he completed Geraghty’s treble and a Henderson double in the closing Evening Express Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Laertes had struggled to find his best form since winning the Press & Journal Highland National a year ago but he demonstrated his old sparkle as he secured back-to-back successes in the three-mile-seven-furlong feature.

Only six of the 18 runners completed the course with 14-1 shot Laertes taking it up before the fourth-last fence for amateur rider Oliver Greenall before staying on well to beat Kells Castle by 12 lengths.

Winning handler Chris Grant said: “He must like the Scottish air and it is nice to win the race again with him.

“He wore a visor when he won last year and we decided to put the blinkers on him today – the papers said it was the first time but I am sure he has worn them before at some time.

“I don’t know what we will do with him now, but perhaps we should be coming back here with him every year.”

Tom Molloy brought C’monthehammers (11-2) with a storming last-to-first run to win the Kinloch House Hotel Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

“That was very pleasing, he wants a more galloping track,” said winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.

“At every bend he was in trouble, but he was given a good ride. He (Molloy) never gave up, that is the main thing.

“Tom is our conditional jockey now that David England does not claim.”

Victor Dartnall made yet another long trip from his Devon base pay off when Dancing Mist (11-2) gained a dramatic victory in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.

Conditional Jack Doyle conjured a late run from the gelding to collar Mad Moose, who had looked all over the winner at the final flight, and score by three-quarters of a length.

Dartnall said: “Turning for home I thought he was going to be about seventh and I was looking for the excuses book!

“He needs good ground and he will go over fences now.”

Hazeldene was sent off the 8-13 favourite for the opening Scot Ads “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle and he never gave his backers a moment of worry as he made all to cruise home by nine lengths.

Owner-trainer George Charlton owns said: “That was just a canter for him, we have plenty going to the sales but not him – he is in great form and we will keep him going.”

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