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Excellency strikes at Perth

His Excellency landed a thrilling renewal of the 15,000 Orion Group Handicap Chase (For the Inverness Cup) at Perth.

Partnered by Tom Scudamore, the Somerset raider held off Carlito Brigante by three-quarters of a length with Hero De Villeneuve the same distance back in third.

The David Pipe-trained winner carries the colours of Largs owner Jo Tracey and her husband Sean said: "I'm delighted he's won on his first attempt over two miles. It's fantastic prize money for a Tuesday night - that's why you get trainers from far and wide having runners here. Tom gave him a fabulous ride, he's a class jockey and he's just shown that again."

Noel Fehily was full of praise for Perth after making a rare visit to the track last night.

The Irishman made all on Book Of Excuses for Donald McCain to beat Apache a Prince by a length and a quarter in the Watch All Scottish Racing Live On Racing UK Novices' Hurdle.

Fehily said: "It's a smashing track and the prize money is excellent. Book Of Excuses gallops and he jumps. He's a fine big horse and Donald said to make plenty of use of him."

Gleann Na Ndochais won for the first time away from Kelso as he gained a gutsy victory in the Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic Novices' Handicap Chase for Ewan and Alistair Whillans combination.

Winning rider Ewan Whillans said: "He's found plenty and kept on gamely. He's won at three miles and two and half and the ground doesn't bother him."