Off to East Yorkshire and course I haven’t been to since about 2002-4 I think when I went on a coach trip to the Malton Open Day,I remember it well as I saw Desert Orchid at the late Jimmy Fitzgeralds stables before racing and learnt off some friends that if you need to find a pub in a place you have never been to then look for a church,No better way to toast the main man I guess!
Today was Beverley’s big raceday of the whole season with the Listed Beverley Bullet being the feature race over the stiff 5f course here on the Westwood.
One feature here is that the judges box is on the inside although today’s official was not keen to reach down and put the numbers up,wether it was laziness or orders from the Health and Safety brigade we will never know.
Below,The Judges box.
A marathon ten race card was in store as before the main racing began we were treated to two races from the very popular Charles Owen Pony Racing Series which has been integral in giving the younger jockeys of today a chance to race on racecourses on race days in front of a big crowd.
Below,View of the stands.
The first of these was the 138cm and under race over 5f which went to the 12yo G Whizz who just hung on under 14yo jockey Algy Stanley from red hot favourite Little Anne then in the second race the 148cm and under over 7f that was won by 11 yo Total Eclipse and 15yo jockey Hannah Welch who made all and despite being challenged 2f out found plenty on the run in to hold off Black Pearl.
Below,Ponies in the Parade Ring.
On to the main action and eight races for punters to enjoy today at this lovely course which had a decent sized crowd enjoying their racing.
1.55 The E.B.F. RacehorseTrader.Com Maiden Fillies Stakes (Div 1) 7f 110yards 2yo.
Probably an ok race this with the favourite Illuminating Dream obliging on her second start under a good ride from Jamie Spencer,she made most of the running and held off the staying on Thurayaat by 2.5 lengths with Bajan Beauty in third, The winner is still a bit green but will improve at Three as will Thurayaat who will be suited by middle distances next season.
2.30 Betfred Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes (Listed) 5f 3yo+.
A very good renewal here with fifteen runners rated between 92 and 110 for this annual cavalry charge up this very stiff and undulating 5f course.
The crowd were treating to a sprint finish at its very best here as Martin Dwyer in the saddle on the 4yo Stepper Point just held on by a neck from last weeks Nunthorpe runner York Glory in a pulsating finish up the Westwood straight with the gallant veteran Borderlescott finishing an honourable third with Masamah in fourth.
Stepper Point is a tough sort and although not the classiest in the sprinting division he is tough and will probably be sent off to France now to get some more black type to enhance his value while York Glory is still improving but is a lot better over 6f than he his over 5f while Borderlescott may not be the force of old but has a real affinity for this course and ran a PB for the season.
Below,Borderlescott comes into the Parade Ring.
3.05 Betfred Wishes Indian Trail A Happy Retirement Handicap (65-74) 5f 3yo+.
Not a good quality race but a fine piece of front running from jockey Jacob Butterfield here on Bronze Beau who comfortably defeated Rich Again by 2.75 lengths with Rangooned in third while Indian Trail signed off his career at the ripe old age of thirteen with an honourable sixth position.
3.40 Betfred “Double Delight” Handicap (88-104) 1m2f 3yo.
Only five went to post in this race for the £12938 first place money and again as in the rest of the races it was all from the front and this time another good apprentice in Joey Haynes who made all on London Citizen who stayed on stoutly up the run in to fend off Windhoek with a disappointing run by Circus Star in third.
London Citizen deserved this win as he has not won since his first 2yo race last year and most recently was runner up in the Swedish Derby and before that was second in the Bell Ringer at Ripon and here off bottom weight he was thrown in so expect the handicapper to raise him off 88 to the mid 90s and pattern company is the natural progression for him next season.
4.15 Betfred “Goals Galore” Handicap (70-84) 7f 110yards 3yo+.
A mixed bag of some improving 3yo horses and older ones that struggle to win, Al Muheer was a bit edgy when coming out onto the course but trainer Ruth Carr was quickly out to settle him down a bit and needed up going back into the pre parade ring to calm him before getting James Sullivan in the saddle, during the afternoon I saw her going into the Sweet Shop that’s on course, wonder what her sweet treats are? I bought a Snickers bar when I wanted a quick fuel boost after this race.
Anyway it was an improving 3yo who won with favourite Consign who did the business holding off course specialist Shadowtime who has win seven of his eight career wins here, Consign is still on the up and will be even better over 1m.
4.50 E.B.F. RacehorseTrader.com Maiden Fillies Stakes,7f 110yards 2yo.
The second oldest trainer of the day got this prize with the Clive Brittain trained Dance Bid winning on her third start but only her first run on turf at odds of 22-1!
Anipa was runner up and will be suite by further in time while Sound of Summer started badly which affected her but she kept on to be third and will be suited by a stiffer test.
5.20 Betfred “Hat Trick Heaven” Maiden Stakes,5f 3yo+
The oldest trainer of the day got on the scoresheet here with the Mick Easterby trained Be Lucky just hanging on in a titanic battle up the straight with the consistent Hi Filwah going down by 0.75 lengths in a grand finish that showed racing at its best.
Be Lucky has been gently handled this season,it was her first run since being a runner up at Southwell 115 days ago but she has good potential and it would not surprise me if Mick sold her to a bigger yard for a decent price but should she stay then she remains one to follow when going handicapping while Hi Filwah is still consistent and may also be better in a handicap.
5.55 Stars of The Future Apprentice Handicap (46-65) 1m2f 3yo.
A fast pace in what was a very average looking contest here but the step up in trip for Ningbo Express was what the doctor ordered for this filly as she found the improvement from her recent Ffos Las third over 1m under Jordan Vaughan, the favourite Artful Prince set the early gallop but after being overtaken by the winner with 3f left he was no match despite rallying to try and close the gap he went down by 5 lengths.
Racing done then on what was a pleasant afternoon,A real mixed bag of a card that produced some good finishes at what is a tricky course where previous course and distance form is essential.
Next up on here is Haydock Park on Saturday with the feature flat race of the year the Group One Sprint Cup over 6f.