Nap of the Day: 11/4 shot destined for success at Perth?

 | 25th April | 

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Perth Racecourse

Have you ever been to Perth Racecourse? As an experience, I highly recommend it - and it's not as though you are missing much off the telly.

It is the second day of their three-day festival in the grounds of Scone Palace, as we're duty-bound to call it. There is high-quality fare, but there is a 0-110 veterans' handicap chase too and those are often great betting races. There is one in the field that stands out and rates as my NAP of the Day.

NAP of the Day

  • 15:00 Perth - Destiny Is All @ 11/4

Lucinda Russell, who trains only around 20 miles down the road, had the big winner at Perth on Wednesday and can make another visit to the winners' enclosure with the admittedly frustrating DESTINY IS ALL.

This time last year, the same horse went off joint-favourite for the Highlands National at this meeting. He was still going well enough when taking an unscheduled pick of grass early on the final circuit, stumbling badly on landing after a fence. His chances were gone with that.

Before that run he had been second to course specialist Volcano at Warwick, and to subsequent Midlands National second Tile Tapper at Carlisle.

This season, Destiny Is All has looked even trickier than before. Then again, if you avoided backing Lucinda Russell horses because they were slow and moderate jumpers you would have missed out on Big River's nine wins, Inis Oirr in the Edinburgh National a couple of months back, the Cheltenham Festival-placed Green Flag, and so on. In other words, Russell has a knack of getting these plodders to win races.

Destiny Is all is 3lb lower now than he was 12 months ago, although he has won this season and was beaten less than two lengths when last seen at Hexham in the middle of March.

He gets on well with Patrick Wadge, who will be crowned champion conditional jockey on Saturday, and he could just outclass these rivals, none of whom have a BHA rating higher than a modest 106.

Indeed, there are only four rivals set to do battle with Destiny Is all, Micky Hammond’s Mister Bells, Hold The Note from Ewan Whillans’ yard, Mark Walford’s Event Of Sivola and the Alison Hamilton-trained Skyhill - but none of these should be able to stop Lucinda Russell’s charge at full flow.

Find our NAP of the Day here at Betfred Insights

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