Gordon Elliott-trained Bless The Wings can fly home in Perth’s feature race the RAF Leuchars Ops Squadron Handicap Chase.
Trained last season by Alan King, the nine-year-old debuts for his new yard in the 4.50 Perth where he can carry top weight to victory at 3/1 with Paddy Power. Bless The Wings may not be the force of old, but the change of scenery should do him good and he looks too good for today’s opposition.
He’s dropped a long way down the handicap since his last win in a Class 2 handicap at Newbury over 18 months ago when he ran off a mark of 145, the son of Winged Love is rated 135 for today’s Perth race and can justify favouritism for his new trainer.
He’ll face six rivals in the three mile chase for the Sterling Cup and the biggest danger may come from Call Box who put in a good effort to finish second over 2m 4f at the Scottish track three weeks ago and this extra half mile should suit. Hero De Villeneuve is one to watch in the betting market, the six-year-old has two wins at Bangor over a shorter trip and looks open to improvement.
Dark Glazier and Gleann Na Ndochais both won last time out but face much tougher opposition this time while Five Star Wilsham could figure if he can make it to the finish, which the ten-year-old has managed once in the last five starts. Bescott Springs is the likely outsider, Lucinda Russell’s nine-year-old has gone off the boil over hurdles and would be suited by softer ground for his return to chasing.