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Ornate bids to claim a significant double when he lines up in the £14,000 Tecknodev British EBF Conditions Stakes at Beverley on Tuesday evening.

Trained in Bawtry, South Yorkshire, by David Griffiths, the six-year-old gelding was sent off a largely unconsidered 33-1 chance for the Investec Dash on Derby Day at Epsom.

Yet despite his inflated odds, Ornate blitzed out of stall five and never saw another rival en route to a neck defeat of Dark Shot.

The classy sprinter has recovered well from those exertions and is now ready for his next big test in the valuable five-furlong sprint at Beverley.

Griffiths said: “He won well at Epsom and has come out of the race in great order.

“He wasn’t right all last year. He was wrong in his coat and if you looked a picture of him last season you wouldn’t think it was the same horse.

“He’s grown and filled out and is a lot stronger horse. I think he’s finally showing his true ability for me.

“He’s about where he should be at the weights and he should go really go well on Tuesday.

“Potentially, he’s still a Group horse. I’m really happy with where Ornate is and I’d be quietly confident of a big run.”

Crack sprinter Judicial has won the Tecknodev British EBF Conditions Stakes for the last two seasons, with 2017 Beverley Bullet runner-up Final Venture the highest-rated horse in this year’s renewal.

Lightly-raced filly Fairy Falcon has also been given the chance to shine by North Yorkshire trainer Bryan Smart.

She is a half-sister to Beverley heroes Tangerine Trees and Alpha Delphini and was, like her esteemed siblings, bred locally by Marie Matthews.

Gates open for the Great Big Beverley Charity Racenight – the first evening meeting of the season – at 4pm.

The first of seven races starts at 6pm, with the official going reported as being good to soft, soft in places.

The forecast for Beverley on Tuesday evening is for warm, dry weather and a high of 20C.

Win a Christmas break to remember at Flemingate Ladies Day

It’s East Yorkshire’s hottest summer day out, but stylish racegoers at Flemingate Ladies Day will have one eye on Christmas this year.

Beverley Racecourse has teamed up with Humberside Airport to award the winner of the coveted Most Stylish Lady competition an unforgettable weekend at the Christmas Markets of Cologne, one of the world’s most magical festive experiences.

The prestigious raceday, presented in partnership with Beverley’s Flemingate centre, returns on August 14 with all the glitz, glamour and celebrity stardust that makes it the most anticipated event in the region’s social calendar.

Staff at the Westwood venue have revealed this year’s hosts, judges and prizes as they prepare for what is expected to be the most exciting Ladies Day yet.

Leading the way will be Alex and Ellie, the popular presenters of the morning show on Viking FM, the official media partner for Ladies Day. The DJ duo will be playing the biggest tunes of the summer throughout the day and will host the Flemingate Most Stylish competition, sponsored by Humberside Airport.

They will be joined in the beautiful English-rose themed marquee by the competition judges – Lee Wardell, founder of VERB fashion store, based at Flemingate; fashion expert Mandy Buchanan; and previous champion Julie Short – who will choose the winning lady and the best-dressed man.

A mystery celebrity will also be joining in the fun, although the racecourse team are keeping their name under wraps for now.

Chief Executive Sally Iggulden said: “We’re keeping the celebrity’s name close to our chests, but we know they’re really excited about meeting their many fans at this year’s Flemingate Ladies Day.

“We’re also delighted to welcome Alex and Ellie, from our media partner Viking FM. They will be bringing a fresh vibe to this year’s event and we can’t wait to hear their playlist for the big day.

“Humberside Airport has once again provided a fantastic prize for the Most Stylish Lady. We’re always impressed by how many wonderful outfits we see on Ladies Day, and we’re sure the prospect of winning a truly unforgettable Christmas trip to Cologne will spur on our racegoers to do their very best to be winners in the fashion stakes.

“We want this to be one of the best afternoons you’ll spend with your friends this year, whether that’s by enjoying a laid-back picnic in the Course Enclosure, or experiencing the glamour and vibrancy of the Premier Enclosure. It really is the social event of the summer.”

The winning lady in the Flemingate Most Stylish competition will enjoy a weekend for two to the Christmas Markets of Cologne, departing on December 6.

The prize will include a private flight experience from Humberside Airport, including complimentary parking and a luxury breakfast, refreshments onboard the flight and two nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.

Last year’s best-dressed lady, Liz Hallett, a retired district nurse from Tickton, near Beverley, wore a dress from InWear and accessories from local independent traders, while the most stylish man, 22-year-old Sam Sharp, bought his suit from VERB at Flemingate and was surprised to win after being entered by his friends.

He was rewarded with a watch from jeweller Guest and Philips at Flemingate, worth £500. A similar prize is expected to be offered in the men’s category this year.

“It goes to show that it’s a very open competition and the judges may pick you out even if you’re not expecting to win,” said Ms Iggulden. “It’s great fun as well, so enjoy getting that outfit just right and don’t forget to enter!”

This is the third year of the racecourse’s partnership with Flemingate for the hugely-popular Ladies Day meeting.

Flemingate Centre Manager Graham Tait said: “We’ve very proud to once again support the Beverley Racecourse team in creating a day to remember.

“We’re now heading into the summer months when thoughts turn to the area’s social highlight of the season, which is undoubtedly Ladies Day.

“It promises to be an amazing occasion, with fantastic prizes as an added incentive for fashion-conscious racegoers to turn on the style.”

Beverley Racecourse is renowned for its award-winning raceday experience, which offers an unbeatable combination of socialising, sport and first-class hospitality.

Flemingate Ladies Day is the best-attended meeting in Beverley’s busy calendar and last year attracted a bumper crowd of 12,000. With a similar number expected this year, racegoers are being encouraged to book early.

Gates for Flemingate Ladies Day will open at 11.30am with the last race at 5.30pm (times to be confirmed). For more information, or to book tickets, visit or call 01482 867488.


(For immediate release, Saturday, June 8)
(Please feel free to use attached image of Liberty Beach – credit Hannah Ali)

Liberty Beach will head to Royal Ascot on top of her game after she won the £40,000 Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley on Saturday.

Trained in Malton by John Quinn and ridden by David Allan, the two-year-old daughter of Cable Bay (11-2) claimed the historic five-furlong dash by two and a half lengths from Rose Of Kildare.

Liberty Beach had won on her debut at Redcar on May 27 and again showed impressive pace when it mattered in the silks of Peter Wilkins.

Quinn said: “She had to be pushed along the first two furlongs and it was almost like she’d had two races.

“But she’s a very nice filly and stayed on really nicely.

“Visually, she was very impressive so it was a lovely result.

“We’ll definitely think about Royal Ascot. There’s obviously the Queen Mary and she’ll also be put in the Windsor Castle.”

David Allan added: “She’s a brave ‘un, and I wouldn’t put them off from running at Royal Ascot.”