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WINSTON C READY FOR BATTLE AT BEVERLEY

Winston C is ready for business ahead of his belated return in the Eppleworth Handicap at Beverley on Wednesday.

The four-year-old son of Rip Van Winkle was a solid performer for Newmarket trainer Michael Bell and was not beaten far in races like last year’s Melrose Handicap at York.

But Winston C has since been transferred to renowned jumps trainer Harry Fry and now competes in Charles Wentworth’s silks.

The two-time winner also underwent a gelding operation last October as he gears up for a first start for 341 days.

Dorset-based Fry, who will be saddling a first runner at Beverley, said: “He’s been with us a few months and he’s got some nice form in the book.

“He’s had a break, and now he’s ready to run. He’s done plenty of work at home and we’re very happy with him, but, like all of them, he’ll be better for the outing.

“We’re very relaxed about his future, and the plan is to take it one race at a time with him.

“The Beverley race looks the right race for him, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Winston C will carry top weight in the mile-and-a-half Eppleworth Handicap (3.25), in which he faces nine rivals.

Be Perfect, Sunglider, Vision Clear and Weather Front are all course-and-distance winners, with the latter on a hat-trick for in-form trainer Karen McLintock.

Northumberland-based McLintock said: “He’s been absolute star for us.

“He had a few issues – ulcers and things like that – but they’ve all been ironed out now and he’s well and truly turned the corner.

“He’s a much brighter, happier horse these days. That’s made all the difference on the track as he’s enjoying putting his best foot forward again.

“The handicapper is going to get him eventually, but Jamie (Gormley) gets on with him really well and we know he likes the track.

“He’s been so consistent all year, and he deserves to win another one.

“You’d like to think he’s still progressing and it would be lovely if he could bring up the hat-trick.”

Beverley’s penultimate meeting of the season is an eight-race programme which begins at 1.50pm. The going is good, with a high of 19C forecast for raceday.

TAKE THAT!

Take Cover ensured his place in Beverley folklore by winning back-to-back renewals of the £60,000 William Hill Beverley Bullet.

The mighty 11-year-old, trained in South Yorkshire by David Griffiths, bounced out of stall nine under David Allan and never saw another rival.

Take Cover won the Beverley Bullet in similar circumstances 12 months ago and once again showed trademark pace and power to repel the persistent challenge of Mythmaker by a length and a quarter. Elnadim Star finished an honourable third, beaten another half a length.

Take Cover (3-1 joint-favourite) is owned and bred by Andrew Hollis, of Norcroft Park Stud, and expressed delight at the outcome.

Hollis said: “He’s one in a million.

“The Nunthorpe at York last week (in which he finished sixth) didn’t take much out of him so that was incredible.

“He didn’t start running until he’s four, which is why he’s been able to keep going for so long.

“We call him Take Cover because when he was younger we all had to take cover from him because he was very quirky.

“I’m always nervous to watch him as he means so much to us. He’ll be so difficult to replace.”

Hollis confirmed that Take Cover is likely to have raced at Beverley for the final time as he is set to be retired at the end of the season.

He said: “We’ll probably go to Newbury now for the race he won last year (Dubai International Airport World Trophy) and then we’ll probably retire him.

“I couldn’t bring him back at 12. He doesn’t deserve that as he’s done amazing for us.”

Take Cover is the second dual scorer of the William Hill Beverley Bullet, with Chookie Heaton having won the much-coveted Listed sprint in 2004-05.

 

Bawtry-based Griffiths said: “To keep going like he does, he’s absolutely unbelievable.

“I’m just so proud of him. To come back for a second time and do it is great.

“He’s taken us to another level. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse and has the heart of a lion.”

Allan added: “He’s just an absolute legend and has reflexes like a cat.”

Porth Swtan (9-1) later looked a horse set to take higher order after he won the £50,000 Beverley Silver Cup.

Talented William Cox gave Charlie Hills’ five-year-old a peach of a ride to take the big prize by a head from Glasses Up.

Cox, who was securing a 45th career victory, said: “That’s my biggest winner so far so I’m delighted.

“When I got to the line I knew he had won. He’s a very tough horse and battles well.”

PAUL MIDGLEY TRIO LOCKED AND LOADED FOR BULLET

North Yorkshire trainer Paul Midgley will saddle three runners in his quest to win the William Hill Beverley Bullet for the first time.

Midgley will once again rely upon Line Of Reason, who finished runner-up in the Listed sprint in 2015 and will be competing in the Bullet on Saturday for a fifth time.

The Westow handler is also responsible for last year’s runner-up Final Venture andTanasoq, who won four races on the bounce earlier in the season.

Line Of Reason will be ridden by Joe Fanning, with Final Venture partnered by Luke Morris and James Sullivan called up for Tanasoq.

Midgley said: “All three of them are in very good form.

“Line Of Reason has run so many good races at Beverley, but he has, annoyingly, only won once at track. To be fair, he’s bumped into a few good ones over the years and, occasionally, the ground has gone against him. He loves it at Beverley and is as hard as nails.

“FInal Venture ran great at York last week when a neck second to El Astronaute, who has been terrific all year. It was annoying to get beat, but he’s come out of it really well and goes to Beverley with a big old shout. On the ratings, he’s not a million miles away.

“Tanasoq has been brilliant for us this year. It’s there in black and white what he’s done. He’s got a big engine and is a very fresh horse.

“It’s disappointing not to have won the Bullet before but hopefully our luck can change.”

Eleven horses have been declared for the William Hill Beverley Bullet, which this year is worth £60,000.

The sponsors have installed last year’s brilliant winner Take Cover as the 11-4  favourite, with Final Venture next in the market at odds of 3-1.

Others prominent in the betting include Mr Lupton (5-1), Elnadim Star (13-2) and Mythmaker (10-1).

The final field for the William Hill Beverley Bullet is completed by popular veteran Mirza, Foolaad ,Tricksy Spirit and Short Call.