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Ed Dunlop will try to remain unbeaten at Beverley this season when he saddles Weloof in the feature race on Thursday (April 27).

The Newmarket handler enjoyed a fine start to the 2017 campaign at the East Yorkshire circuit when he secured a double at the opening fixture last Wednesday.

Amlad and Global Revival obliged for Dunlop on the Westwood, and now the Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah-owned Weloof gets the chance to shine in the 2017 Bernard Evans Memorial Handicap (2.45).

Like Amlad, the three-year-old colt sports the same red and white silks of Dabyah and Daban, who both advanced their Classic claims with significant victories last week.

Weloof was well beaten on his sole start as a juvenile, but caught the eye at Wolverhampton last month when he won an eight-and-a-half-furlong maiden by two and a quarter lengths.

Dunlop said: “I’m looking forward to running him at Beverley.

“He did well at Wolverhampton last time and the horse that finished second (Everything For You) has since won a race.

“He wouldn’t want the ground too fast, but he’s in good form and will now enter handicap company in the hope he can back up his Wolverhampton run.

“Mr Abdullah Al Naboodah has been a big supporter of the yard recently so hopefully Weloof can continue his fine run of form.

“We had a good day at Beverley last week and Mulzim winning at Wolverhampton on the evening made it an across-the-card treble.

“We hope this can help propel us forward as we move into a key period, with many horses ready to run in the near future.”

Weloof will be ridden by Paul Mulrennan at Beverley and takes on six rivals over seven and a half furlongs.

Aardwolf is set to carry top weight for Mark Johnston, who also saddles Kodiac Khan.

Richard Fahey runs Starlight Romance, the mount of Sammy Jo Bell. Fahey won this race 12 months ago with Garcia, who subsequently claimed victory in the Silver Bowl Stakes at Haydock last May.

Monks Stand (Tim Easterby), Arc Royal (Tom Dascombe) and Fayez (David O’Meara) also go to post

Beverley’s seven-race card is due to begin at 1.40pm and also features the Rapid Lad Handicap (3.50). This mile-and-a-quarter contest is named in honour of the course specialist who won 12 races on the Westwood between 1983-89.

The current going at Beverley is good to firm, good in places, after four and a half millimetres of rainfall on Tuesday night.



Local hero Alpha Delphini is in the frame to once again set the sprinting world alight at Beverley Racecourse this season.

Bryan Smart’s six-year-old was a stunning winner of the totepool Beverley Bullet last year when he claimed glory by a neck in a thrilling finish to the Listed heat.

Alpha Delphini is a half-brother to Tangerine Trees, the gifted sprinter who won the Bullet in 2011 before going on to secure Group One honours in the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp. And like his now-retired former stablemate, he was bred, and is partly-owned, by Beverley resident Marie Matthews.

Beverley’s season begins next Wednesday (April 19), yet Smart is already looking towards late summer when his classy speedster could defend his crown in the valuable five-furlong Bullet on Saturday, September 2.

The North Yorkshire handler said: “He’s won it once, and there’s no reason why he couldn’t have another go at it.

“He’s plenty of options but the Bullet is there for us. “He seems to love Beverley – he won his maiden there, too – and it’s a great prize to have a go at. “It was a brilliant day when he won it last year, not least because of Marie and her connections with Beverley, but also because it was a proper, proper race.  “I wouldn’t be afraid to send him to Beverley for the Bullet again, put it that way.”

Alpha Delphini went to Newbury after his Beverley heroics and ably franked the Bullet form when a short-head second to the 112-rated Cotai Glory in the Group Three Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes.

The gelded son of Captain Gerrard is reportedly thriving at his Hambleton base and is likely to make his seasonal debut at Newmarket in May.

Smart added: “Alpha is very well, I’m really happy with him.

“He’s had a good winter and he has strengthened up a lot – he’s a much bigger horse than he was last year.

“He’ll go to the Palace House at Newmarket first, and then we’ll take it from there.

“I’m very pleased with him, physically, and it will be great to get him going again.”

The totepool Beverley Bullet is the keynote race of the season at the popular East Yorkshire venue and has been won in the past by such luminaries as Hellvelyn (2007), Borderlescott (2012), Pearl Secret (2014) and Maarek (2015).


Flemingate revealed as new Beverley Racecourse Ladies’ Day partner

Beverley Racecourse today announced Flemingate as its new partner for Ladies’ Day for the next three years, in an exciting move for one of Yorkshire’s social events of the summer. 

Flemingate’s opening in 2015 has already had a big impact on Beverley as a retail and leisure destination, with its high-quality fashion, beauty and homeware brands supported by a range of restaurants and cafes.

 Beverley Racecourse’s Ladies’ Day annually attracts over 11,000 people, many of whom frequent the region’s hotels, shops, restaurants and spas before enjoying a summer afternoon of racing on the Westwood. The event has had a particularly glamorous feel in recent years, with a high-end fashion show, a best-dressed competition, backed by Laurent-Perrier, and a partnership with local artisan water company Blue Keld to encourage racegoers to stay well hydrated throughout the day.

 Plans for the 2017 event on August 16 will include a new format for the ‘Most Stylish Lady’ competition, allowing all Ladies’ Day attendees the chance to enter and strut their stuff on the Flemingate catwalk, as well as a pamper marquee for racegoers to stay looking their best. There will also be a number of events running at Flemingate in the summer months leading up to Ladies’ Day, allowing visitors to get themselves perfectly attired and race-ready.

 Beverley Racecourse chief executive Sally Iggulden said: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the Ladies’ Day focus back to Beverley. This new partnership only serves to highlight the incredible shopping, fashion and visitor destination that Beverley has become with the addition of Flemingate. 

 “We’ve got some really exciting new plans for the day up our sleeve that we look forward to sharing in the coming months that will really bring Flemingate to the heart of the action on Ladies’ Day.”

 Flemingate centre manager Graham Tait added: “We’re thrilled to be supporting Ladies’ Day at Beverley Racecourse this year. It’s a hugely popular event, with visitors coming from far and wide, and we’re working closely with the racecourse team to make the day even more exciting and glamorous this year. 

“This partnership continues the work Flemingate has been doing to cement its relationship with the town by supporting key events and festivals. Ladies’ Day is an undoubted social highlight of the year and hugely important for trade and tourism in the town. We’re looking forward to working with Sally’s team to make the day at the racecourse and in the town even more special in 2017.”