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MENUISIER TARGETS BIG BEVERLEY BRACE

David Menuisier has challenged Psychotic to go the distance at Beverley on Tuesday as the West Sussex trainer tries to win the Watt Memorial Handicap for a second consecutive year.

Menuisier claimed the big staying race – now in its 132nd year – 12 months ago with Corpus Chorister, who, like Psychotic, is owned by Clive Washbourn.

And now the same combination bid for the double with the five-year-old son of Nayef, who was an encouraging fifth over a mile and a half at Beverley on June 26.

Menuisier said: “I thought he ran really well on his last start at Beverley last month.

“He stayed on well for fifth place over a mile and a half, and that is the reason we have gone back to Beverley as he obviously likes running up that hill.

“Whether or not he will get the two-mile trip, I’m not sure, but we think it is worth a chance.

“Last year he was a very difficult ride, but he has relaxed a lot more now and is learning to become a racehorse.

“We cannot be too bullish about his chances, but we will be absolutely delighted if he can keep on progressing.”

Despite being five years old, Psychotic has raced just seven times and only made his debut in August 2017.

Pulborough-based Menuisier said: “He’s a horse who has had many, many problems.

“He had quite a bad leg injury, and to save the horse’s racing career we needed to geld him because he was just too heavy.

“It’s a bit of a miracle that he’s even be able to run at all, to be honest.

“Because of his problems, he was like a two-year-old last year and it is still very early days for him – it’s trial and error, really.

“All we hope is that he keeps improving.”

 

Five horses have been declared for the Watt Memorial Handicap (3.30), including Altra Vita from Sir Mark Prescott’s yard.

The three-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom is unbeaten in three outings this season and looks an improving horse.

Prescott also won this race two years ago with another three-year-old filly, St Michel, who is rated as highly as 108 and had been in contention for the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

Menuisier said: “We are under no illusions. The Prescott filly will be very hard to beat.

“That said, you should never be scared of one horse so hopefully he will run very well.

“Whatever happens, he will be an interesting horse for the second half of the season, so anything before that is a bonus.”

High On Light (David Barron), Stormin Tom (Tim Easterby) and Gabrial’s King (Richard Fahey) complete the quintet for the Watt Memorial Handicap.

Beverley’s meeting begins at 2pm and also showcases the RB Camel Derby, which is now in its third year.

QUE AMORO ON THE MARCH AT BEVERLEY

jockey Paul Mulrennan believes talented juvenile Que Amoro has a fine opportunity in which to get off the mark at the third attempt when she runs at Beverley on Friday evening.

The two-year-old daughter of Es Que Love, trained in Co Durham by Michael Dods, is one of eight declared runners for the five-furlong William Jackson Food Group British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes (6.35).

And she brings to Beverley some really good form, too, having finished an encouraging fifth on her debut at Thirsk in May.

Que Amoro then took another step in the right direction at Carlisle last month, when third in a strong five-furlong novice stakes for fillies.

The winner of that race, Little Kim, was subsequently not beaten far in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and then won a Group Three in France on Tuesday.

Carlisle runner-up Stage Play has also franked the form by winning at Ripon in June.

And Mulrennan said: “She’s a very nice filly, and it’s good to see the form from Carlisle working out so well.

“We haven’t run that many two-year-olds because the ground has been so quick, but she’d be right up there with the ones that have had a run.

“Hopefully there’s plenty more to come, and this looks an ideal race for her.

“Beverley’s stiff five furlongs should suit her nicely and it would be disappointing if she was not there or thereabouts.”

Mulrennan also rides stablemate Proud Archi in the feature even on Beverley’s six-race card, the Jackson’s Yorkshire Champion Bread Handicap over seven and a half furlongs (7.15).

Proud Archi has not yet hit peak form this season, but he is a two-time course-and-distance winner for owners Eagle Racing.

Mulrennan said: “He’s on a good mark and he likes Beverley.

“My only hope is that there is a bit of pace for him as he likes a good end-to-end gallop.

“He doesn’t mind quick ground at all, and that trip is what he wants. Everything looks spot-on for him, to be honest, and hopefully we’ll have a good night.”

Six runners have been declared for the Jackson’s Yorkshire Champion Bread Handicap, with last-time-out winner Areen Heart set to carry top weight for the David O’Meara team.

Ruth Carr is responsible for Magical Effect and Katheefa, who both finished second a week ago, while the field is completed by Roaring Forties (Rebecca Bastiman) and Viscount Loftus, whose trainer Mark Johnston has won this race twice in the last four years.

The official going at Beverley is good to firm, with watering taking place to preserve conditions.

Gates open at 4pm for Beverley’s 70s Racenight, featuring Bus Stop, with the first race due off at 6pm. Premier Enclosure tickets are sold out for the meeting, but tickets for other enclosures are still available.

BULLET HERO TAKE COVER RETURNS TO BEVERLEY

Take Cover makes a welcome return to Beverley on Tuesday evening when he runs in the British EBF Conditions Stakes (7.30).

The popular 11-year-old sprinter has his first start at the East Yorkshire circuit since he brilliantly won the Listed Beverley Bullet last September.

David Griffiths’ dual Group Two winner takes on four rivals in a compelling renewal of the £14,000 five-furlong dash.

And though Take Cover must concede weight to the field, his trainer is expecting big things.

The South Yorkshire handler said: “We were thinking of going to Ireland with him (Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Naas), but this race fits in better.

“He’s got a lot of weight, but the ground will be ideal and it looks tailor-made for him.

“He’s the class horse in the race and shouldn’t really be getting beat.

“He ran well at Haydock, but his work after that has been really good.

“He’s getting back to where he was last year and he’s lost that bit of weight that he needed to.  “He’s totally where he needs to be.”

Takes on two former winners of the British EBF Conditions Stakes in Line Of Reason and Judicial.

Line Of Reason broke Beverley’s five-furlong course record when he claimed victory in 2016, but Judicial eclipsed that feat 12 months ago when he became the first horse to navigate the circuit in under a minute.

Judicial has been in good form this season, having finished a neck second to Mabs Cross in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket in May.

Julie Camacho’s six-year-old then had no luck whatsoever in a Listed race at Haydock on June 9.

Steve Brown, Camacho’s assistant trainer and husband, said: “The Palace House was a nice start, but it was disappointing he couldn’t back that up, through no fault of his own, at Haydock.

“We’ve always thought he could be a Group winner and hopefully he’ll get the chance to show that this season.

“He’s very quick and very progressive.”

El Astronaute, who is now rated 103 after a string of super performances this season, also lines up for the John Quinn team, while David Barron’s Robot Boy completes the Beverley quintet.

The going at Beverley is good following 12 millimetres of rain on Saturday, with the six-race card due to start at 6.30pm.