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JABER ABDULLAH LAUNCHES DUAL BEVERLEY RAID

Elnadim Star and Gold Stone fly the flag for powerful owner Jaber Abdullah at Beverley on Thursday (August 17).

Kevin Ryan’s two juveniles both made their racecourse debut at the popular East Yorkshire circuit in July, with Elnadim Star down the field and Gold Stone runner-up.

They will now attempt to win at the second time of asking in the two divisions of the Nigel’s 60th Birthday EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes over five furlongs.

Elnadim Star lines up in division one at 2.10pm and will be ridden by Tom Eaves.

She was comprehensively defeated on her Beverley debut on July 7, but connections of the young daughter of Elnadim believe there could have been extenuating circumstances behind that eighth-place finish.

Jaber Abdullah’s racing manager Bruce Raymond said: “I felt she was very unbalanced on the track and it all felt a bit of a rush for her over that five furlongs.

“The bit went straight through her mouth that day, though, so you’d like to hope she has come on for her debut.

“She was very green first time out but she should know what it’s about now that she’s got that course experience.”

Gold Stone, who runs for Eaves in division two of the fillies’ novice stakes at 2.40pm, was a big eyecatcher on her racecourse bow at Beverley on July 24.

Despite having missed the break, the daughter of Havana Gold galloped strongly towards the line to finish second behind Special Purpose, who is highly rated by trainer William Haggas.

Raymond added: “She might well have bumped into a very good horse on her first start.

“She missed the break but stayed on really nicely for second place.

“Gold Stone beat the rest of them easily enough but I think she is a horse that should benefit going up in trip later.

“This is a good opportunity for her, though, and we think she’ll go well.”

Hot on the heels of Flemingate Ladies’ Day on Wednesday, the going ahead of Beverley’s eight-race card on Thursday is good, good to firm in places.

Before racing, the traps rip open once again for the Reckitt Benckiser Save the Children Camel Derby, which last year raised £9,000 for charity.

Bertie, a seven-year-old white Russian camel, will return to Beverley in his quest to claim glory for a second successive year.

BEVERLEY BULLET FIRING FOR FLEMINGATE LADIES’ DAY

Beverley Bullet would be one of the most appropriately-named winners on the Westwood for many years when he goes for gold on Flemingate Ladies’ Day on Wednesday, August 16.

Named in homage to the renowned Listed sprint, this year staged on September 2, the four-year-old gelding is trained in North Yorkshire by Lawrence Mullaney.

Mullaney feels he has Beverley Bullet in super order for the mile-and-a-quarter Flemingate Beverley Handicap (4.40pm) and is aware of the significance of the occasion ahead of the social event of the year in East Yorkshire.

The Great Habton-based handler said: “It’s a big day for Beverley Bullet – and also a big day for us.

“Ladies’ Day is the most important afternoon of the season at Beverley, and his owners (Jean Stapleton and Rob Wilson) love having runners there. I do, too, so we’re very much looking forward to it.

“Beverley Bullet is in great form and we are expecting a big run from him.”

The son of Makfi has been a revelation for Mullaney since his transfer from Les Eyre’s stables in April.

He has only once finished out of the frame in seven starts this season and has claimed two victories, at Carlisle in June and at Pontefract on his last outing on July 30.

Beverley Bullet faces seven rivals in the Flemingate Beverley Handicap and will be ridden by Daniel Tudhope, who was on board when the partnership struck by two and a quarter lengths at Carlisle.

Mullaney added: “He’s only four so he’s still improving, to be honest.

“We’ve got some even loftier plans with him, but he’ll need to win on Wednesday first and that’s all we are concentrating on for now.

“He’s won at Carlisle and Pontefract and they are sharp enough courses, so I don’t think the track is a problem. 

“It’s also great that we’ve got Danny Tudhope riding as he knows the horse really well.

“Everything is positive with him. He’s in a really happy place and has only gone up 3lb for his last win, and that is far from the end of the world.

“He hardly had a run at Pontefract as Joe Fanning gave him a beautiful, sympathetic ride.

“He’s fit, fresh and raring to go.”

Beverley’s eight-race card begins at 2.10pm, with the official going on Tuesday morning described as good. The forecast for Flemingate Ladies’ Day is for sunny spells and highs of 21C.

Tickets for Flemingate Ladies’ Day are selling fast, with the Premier Enclosure already sold out. 

Racegoers are urged to book in advance, either online at www.beverley-racecourse.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline on 01482 867488.

Beverley racecourse chief executive Sally Iggulden said: “We’re very excited about our first Ladies’ Day in partnership with Flemingate.

“We’ve made some changes to the format this year which we believe will prove very popular with our racegoers.

“We’ve changed the criteria of the Most Stylish contest so this year it’s open to everyone to nominate themselves or be put forward by others.

“We’ve also added three themed marquees which will create a fabulous and very glamorous centrepiece for the day.

“To top it all off, the prizes provided by our wonderful partners are absolutely fantastic.

“Ladies’ Day is always Beverley’s social highlight of the summer and, with Flemingate on board and these changes to the format, the day promises to be even more dazzling.”

Beverley also stages a fine card on Thursday, August 17, and features the return of the RB Save the Children Camel Derby.

BEAU BOUNDS TO BARK GLORY AT BEVERLEY

The Danielle Mooney-trained Beau scorched a trail to glory in the inaugural running of the Burgess Supadog Bark de Triomphe at Beverley on Tuesday afternoon.

After two trials featuring canine speedballs that are trained and owned by jockeys, Mooney’s Collie showed jawdropping pace to seize the day by half a dog’s length.

The class K9 affair for eight-month-olds and upwards was staged in aid of Antibiotic Research UK.

The first three dogs home in each Bark Trial heat then contested the grand final of the Bark de Triomphe – a race which unquestionably stopped a nation in its tracks.

But it was Mooney and Beau who landed the total prize fund of unbelievable kudos, a bag of Burgess Supadog and a cuddly toy with an ultra-game frontrunning performance.

A visibly emotional Mooney said: “She’s done her job. She’s won her maiden brilliantly and now she goes off to stud.

“This is probably one of my finest moments on a racecourse.

“It will take a while to sink in, but when I get back to Catterick I’m sure the magnitude of what Beau has achieved will hit home.

“She’s got a great pedigree and is one my best chums.”

There was also perfect symmetry to Beau’s victory as the Collie was named in homage to Sophie’s Beau, who provided Mooney with a first winner as a jockey at Beverley in June 2013.

Mooney added: “I didn’t have a ride on the Beverley card today, but for Beau to show the sporting world what she was capable of will make the long journey back north that much sweeter.”

Beverley’s Bark de Triomphe has already raised over £3,700 for Antibiotic Research.

Donations can be made here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/antibiotic-researchuk/barkdetriomphe2017