Nick Grimshaw wows crowd to round off richest ever Perth Festival


3rd May 2018

Racegoers partied in the spring sunshine along with Nick Grimshaw from BBC Radio 1 as the Perth Festival came to a colourful close on Friday evening.

The three-day racing extravaganza, for which ticket sales were up by 31% on the previous year, saw visitors from Perthshire, across Scotland and beyond flock to Scone to watch some spectacular racing, setting the bar high for the rest of the season.

The popular BBC Radio 1 DJ provided the entertainment after day three of the Festival, which also featured the running of Perth’s richest ever race, the £35,000 Fair Maid of Perth Mares’ Chase. It was won by Rons Dream ridden by James Bowen and trained by father Peter, who walked away with the new Fair Maid of Perth trophy specially commissioned for the feature race’s debut.

Following a winter and early spring which offered tough weather conditions and led to racecourses abandoning fixtures across the UK, Perth Racecourse management paid tribute to groundstaff for ensuring three full cards of racing within little more than 48 hours all went ahead.

Hazel Peplinski, chief executive of Perth Racecourse, said: “After a busy three days of racing Nick Grimshaw attracted a fantastic crowd on the Friday evening and it was a great way to finish the festival.

“With an extremely long and tough winter, as well as below average temperatures in April, it is to the great credit of our committed and tireless grounds team that they ensured a racing surface fit for all three days of the festival.

“We’re now all really looking forward to Totepool Ladies Day, another firm favourite of the Perth calendar, attracting an enthusiastic crowd who really do dress to impress. Not only is there another thrilling card of racing to enjoy but we have the added excitement of Lovely Laura and Ben Santiago entertaining on stage after the final race.

“Our VIP tickets have already completely sold out, and with other tickets selling well we can’t wait to welcome another big Perth crowd of stylish guests to the track.”

The month of May features a Perth double header with the Hoteliers Race Night (Wednesday 16 May) and then Totepool Ladies Day (Thursday 17 May).

The first evening meeting of the season, the Hoteliers Race Night features seven great races including the feature race – The Salutation Hotel Handicap Hurdle. The following day, Perth’s glamorous Ladies Day will see thrilling jump racing, excellent hospitality and a host of live entertainment, with the best dressed lady scooping a £2,000 cash prize.

This year, Totepool Ladies Day is supporting Breast Cancer Now while Lovely Laura and Ben Santiago will take to the main stage to perform live after racing. The talented musical duo have performed in some of the world’s biggest venues and will ensure that the party goes on into the summer night.

For more information and to purchase tickets for any Perth racecourse meeting this season visit or call 01738 551 597.

Perth Racecourse

Sharing their parkland with Scone Palace in Perth, the original crowning site for the King & Queen of Scots and the Stone of Destiny, Perth Racecourse offers the perfect location for a day at the races in a historical and beautiful setting.

Back to news