HERO DE VILLENEUVE was given a patient ride by Brian Hughes as he romped away with the feature race at Perth on Wednesday.

Always travelling supremely well, the Robbie Hennessy- trained gelding saw off Five Star Wilsham by seven-lengths in the RAF Leuchars Ops Squadron Handicap Chase (for the Stirling Cup).

Hughes said: “He won a couple of races over two and a half miles at Bangor in the spring but Robbie and I were always confident he would be even better over three miles. I felt I had everything covered and he gave me a nice feel the whole way round.”

Nick Alexander was on the mark with Humphrey Bee in the Celebration of the Horse Day July 20th Novices’ Handicap Chase.

Veteran jockey Brian Harding rode the top-weight to victory and Alexander said: “I knew he would stay on as this 2m 4f is the minimum trip for him – we have have two horses in at this time of year and they are both running today!

“Lucy would normally have ridden him but she’s out injured so she’s missed a birthday winner. She’s here this afternoon and expects to be back riding in about a couple of weeks.”

Ryan Day, 20, recorded his first winner under rules when Lisa Harrison-trained Solway Sam landed the Monsterbet Handicap Hurdle.

“I’ve only been with Lisa four about four weeks and I’ve ridden two winners point-to-pointing,” said Day, who is from Workington in Cumbria.

Wilson Renwick completed a short-priced double on Gabrial The Great and Top Chief, trained by Donald McCain and Gordon Elliott respectively.

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