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CYCLOP and Brian Hughes Win William Hill Highland National

CYCLOP and Brian Hughes (2) win the Highland National at Perth 23/4/21 Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

On the Final day of Perth Festival live on ITV, CYCLOP and jockey Brian Hughes took victory in the William Hill Highland National Handicap Chase.

The 12-1 chance collared Mance Ryder on the run-in to land the 3m 6f marathon by a length for Herefordshire trainer Matt Sheppard.

Champion Jockey Brian Hughes said “This horse is as tough as old boots as he’s had quite a long season. I rode him when he was fourth in the Eider Chase at Newcastle and I probably got there too soon.”

Brian Hughes went on to say “I hung onto him more today and I thought I had a chance from turning out of the back straight on the final circuit. He winged the last and I knew he’d get there after that. He’s super tough and just such a game horse.”

CYCLOP and Brian Hughes (2) win the Highland National at Perth 23/4/21 Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

The William Hill Perth Festival saw a successful return to racing, behind closed doors, following the difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Perth Racecourse CEO Hazel Peplinski said “We really do owe William Hill a huge vote of thanks for bringing their strong brand and professionalism to Perth as our new title sponsor. Their enhanced association has given us a huge lift at the start of another campaign.”

With restrictions now beginning to ease across the country it won’t be long until spectators are able to return to venues across the region something which Hazel Peplinski is very keen to see happen.

She explains that “with the William Hill Perth Festival safely under our belt we are ever-hopeful we will soon be able to safely welcome at least a small number of racegoers back to Perth, the coming weeks shall be busy sorting all that entails out and we shall make announcement as soon as the picture becomes clearer.”

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