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Thesme attempts to claim a significant prize in her career when she lines up in the big race at Beverley on Tuesday evening (June 20).

The five-year-old mare has been solely campaigned in Group races this season and is one of five declared runners for the £14,000 British Stallion Studs Weatherbys Hamilton EBF Conditions Stakes (7.00).

Thesme has some fine form in the book, most significantly when she finished fifth in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York last August.

She has, though, not won since August 2015, with North Yorkshire trainer Nigel Tinkler keen to set the record straight at Beverley.

The Malton-based handler said: “She’s been a little bit disappointing this season, but she has worked very well since her last run at Haydock.

“Tom Eaves has ridden her at home and he’s been very happy with her, so that’s good to hear.

“She’s well in at the weights for the Beverley race, so that’s also a positive.

“The track might be a little bit stiff for her, but, on the other hand, fast horses do win at Beverley so we are pretty hopeful she’ll run well.

“This looks a really good opportunity for her and it will be a nice prize to win.”

The hat-trick-seeking Judicial (Julie Camacho) and popular veteran Hoof It (Mick Easterby) have also been declared for the British Stallion Studs Weatherbys Hamilton EBF Conditions Stakes.

Michael Herrington’s Doc Sportello and the Kristin Stubbs-trained Soie D’Leau complete the line-up in what should be a really informative renewal of the valuable Beverley sprint.

Last season’s race was won by Line Of Reason, who broke Beverley’s five-furlong course record when he defeated Red Pike by a length and a quarter.

Beverley’s six-race card begins at 6pm, with the going at the East Yorkshire circuit reported as good to firm – with watering taking place to maintain conditions.

The forecast for 70s Racenight Featuring Bus Stop at Beverley – the first evening meeting on the Westwood this year – is for sunny spells, cloud and highs of 17C.

Get your groove on as legendary 70s club night comes to Beverley Racecourse

Polish your platforms and fish out those flares – legendary 70s disco extravaganza Bus Stop is coming to Beverley for a fun-filled night at the races!

Racegoers can relive the disco night which filled the dancefloor every Tuesday at Hull’s Lexington Avenue (LAs) nightclub.

Bus Stop launched at LAs in 1995 and ran for seven years, with thousands of clubbers enjoying the very best of 70s disco hits and revelling in fashions that time tried to forget!

With the nightclub site now making way for a new DoubleTree By Hilton hotel, Beverley Racecourse is ensuring cheesy nights at LAs won’t be consigned to history.

Tony Loveshaft, Tricity Bendix and Crystal Maze are just some of the original show’s cast bringing the wildly popular retro disco to the Westwood course on Tuesday, June 20, after an exciting evening of racing.

At the height of its residency at LAs, Bus Stop performed to over 2,000 revellers and became a huge hit with clubbers clad in seventies-style fashion.

DJ Tony, aka Bus Stop creator Darren Smith, said: “The Bus Stop Show is a fantastic night reliving the cheesy disco days of the 1970s. It’s all about great fun, good memories and an excuse to wear big hair and even bigger flares.

“It will be a real blast from the past for all those people who remember going to LAs on Tuesday nights back in the nineties. All but two of the original cast are still in the show and the night promises to be an unforgettable experience.”

Kate McKee, Marketing Executive at Beverley Racecourse, said: “We’re really excited about our 70s Racenight. I used to love going to LAs on Tuesdays for Bus Stop – it was always great fun and I have some amazing memories from that time.

“Now we’re getting the gang back together – on a Tuesday night, of course!

“The show starts after the last race and we want to see everyone letting their big hair down and reliving their disco days!”

DJ Tony and his glamorous dancers Tricity and Crystal hopped on the X46 bus from Beverley Bus Station to the racecourse to promote the return of Bus Stop.

Tony Loveshaft and his collection of 70s throwbacks will be spinning the decks behind the wheel of his trademark VW Beetle in the Premier Enclosure from 8.35pm – 15 years after their last show in Hull.

The evening will also feature fun challenges, a special 70s cocktail menu and bottles of Pina Colada for the best 70s outfits.

With the nostalgic night expected to be popular, racegoers are advised to book in advance. Doors open at 4pm with the first race at 6pm and last race at 8.30pm.

Tickets can be booked online at or by calling the ticket hotline on 01482 867488.


Cardsharp booked her place at Royal Ascot with a terrific performance in the Brian Yeardley Continental Two-Year-Old Trophy at Beverley on Saturday (June 10).

Trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Joe Fanning, the 6-4 favourite made most of the running to claim the £25,000 conditions stakes by two and a quarter lengths from stablemate Rufus King.

Prince Of Lir and The Last Lion, last year’s respective first two home in the Brian Yeardley, ended up finishing in that order in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Cardsharp, whose trainer was also responsible for subsequent Group One winner The Last Lion, could now attempt to follow in those esteemed hoofprints at the Berkshire track later this month.

Deirdre Johnston, assistant trainer and wife of the Middleham handler, said: “He’s a big, lovely horse and that was fantastic.

“He took a lot of pulling up and Joe said five (furlongs) or six would be fine.

“After that, he’ll probably be entered in the Norfolk, Windsor Castle and Coventry Stakes and we’ll see which race is the most suitable for him.

“The second horse probably wants another furlong and we’ll discuss it with the owner about Royal Ascot.”

Prince Of Lir was trained in Newmarket by Robert Cowell and owned by the Cool Silk Partnership, and the same combination struck again on the big stage with Hilary Needler Trophy heroine Chica La Habana.

Like last season’s Brian Yeardley winner, the daughter of Havana Gold (6-1) arrived at Beverley unraced yet belied her inexperience to take the prestigious five-furlong dash by three-quarters of a length from Maggies Angel.

The Cool Silk Partnership consists of Scunthorpe United chairman Peter Swann and his mother-in-law Barbara Wilkinson.

Chica La Habana could also be under consideration for the Royal fixture, with the Queen Mary Stakes a natural next port of call for any Hilary Needler winner.

Jockey Adam Beschizza said: “She’ll come on a stone for that run as the penny kept dropping during the race.

“She’s been working well at home but we hadn’t really given her a racecourse gallop or anything like that.

“I wouldn’t like to say if she was a Queen Mary horse – Royal Ascot would be a big step up – but she’ll improve a lot for that.”