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Popular sprinter Danzeno is reported in rude health for a possible tilt at the £65,000 William Hill Beverley Bullet on Saturday.

The Group Three-winning eight-year-old, trained in Rutland by Mick Appleby, is one of 18 possible runners for Beverley’s most prestigious race of the season.

Danzeno would arrive at Beverley in good nick, too, having won twice already this season.

He also finished third in both the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash at the same track on August 10.

Appleby said: “He’s in great form and has done really well since the Shergar Cup Day, when he was a bit unlucky, really.

“He’s never run at Beverley before, but I’m sure he’ll handle the track nicely if he does run in the Beverley Bullet.

“He’s been in great form this season, and this looks a good race for him with great prize-money on offer. It’s all ground dependent at the minute, though.

“Hopefully they get some rain before the weekend. There are some thunderstorms forecast at the end of the week and that will help him no end.

“If they do get the rain, he’ll go to Beverley with a very good chance of winning.”

Danzeno is William Hill’s 7-2 second favourite, behind the Clive Cox-trained Tis Marvellous (9-4f).

Others prominent in the market include Paul Midgley’s Tarboosh (6-1), the Charlie Hills-trained Equilateral (8-1) and Beverley course-record holder Judicial (9-1), trained by Julie Camacho.

The now-retired Take Cover has won the Listed Beverley Bullet for the last two years, but his former trained David Griffiths could still be represented on Saturday with Ornate (12-1).

The big race at the weekend is the centrepiece for Beverley’s richest ever raceday that will also feature the £52,000 William Hill Silver Cup Handicap over a mile and a quarter.

Ante-post favourite is the William Haggas-trained Country, who has won his last three races and is a 2-1 chance with William Hill.

Stablemate Desert Icon is also short in the betting at odds of 9-2, while Sir Michael Stoute could saddle the unexposed Solid Stone (4-1) in a maximum field of 12 runners.


Harry Love attempts to maintain his hot run of form when he goes for gold in the feature race at Beverley on Sunday.

Trained in Norton, North Yorkshire, by Ollie Pears, the two-year-old son of Lawman bids for a hat-trick in the five-furlong Covers33 For All Your Vinyl Needs Nursery Handicap (3.15).

Having got off the mark on just his second start at Thirsk in early July, Harry Love then struck over this course and distance with a three-and-a-half-length triumph.

Yet Pears believes there is still a great deal more to come from the two-year-old gelding – starting with a big show in the £10,000 dash.

The trainer, who also jointly owns Harry Love with Ownaracehorse Ltd, said: “He’s a very nice horse and we’ve got high hopes for him.

“He’s definitely improved again since his last win at Beverley and took that race great.

“It was also good to see the runner-up that day (Vintage Times) win next time up at Ripon so the form looks to be working out really well.

“We were thinking of going to Redcar with him, but this race popped up and it’s worth good prize-money. We also know he likes Beverley so there’s a lot going for him.

“He’s drawn in stall one so Ben (Robinson) is likely to pop out and be as handy as he can.

“His work has been good. He’s a very straightforward horse, he has a good temperament and is very sound.

“I don’t just see him as a two-year-old, though – he’s definitely a horse with a big future.”

Harry Love takes on four rivals at Beverley, with the David O’Meara-trained Great Dame at the head of the weights.

Proper Beau (Bryan Smart), Tom Tulliver (Declan Carroll) and last-time-out Newbury winner Bushtucker Trial, trained by Michael Bell, complete the line-up.

Pears is triple-handed at Beverley on Sunday as he is also set to saddle Carry On Deryck in the John Jenkins Claiming Stakes (2.10) over seven and a half furlongs.

Stablemate Billyoaks later runs in the concluding five-furlong Pure Broadband Handicap at 6pm.

Pears said: “Billyoaks and Carry On Deryck have plenty on their plate, to be fair, so Harry Love is obviously our best chance of winner at Beverley on Sunday.”

The going at Beverley was on Friday morning described as good, though conditions are likely to dry out ahead of Circus Family Raceday, for which the forecast is for sunny spells and a high of 25C.



Celebrity bartender to shake things up at Beverley’s most fashionable fixture

stylish fashion and summer cocktails will be the order of the day as racegoers up the glamour stakes for Flemingate Ladies Day.

The prestigious raceday, presented in partnership with Beverley’s Flemingate centre, returns on Wednesday, August 14, with superb racing, excellent entertainment, mouth-watering hospitality, wonderful prizes and a celebrity guest!

TV’s favourite barman Merlin Griffiths will be mixing up the perfect tipple in bars around the racecourse.

The celebrity bartender, who will be creating cocktails specially designed for a fabulous summer day out at the races, said: “I’m hugely excited to be shaking things up at Beverley Racecourse at their social highlight event of the year, Flemingate Ladies Day.

“We’ve got a couple of great cocktails and a non-alcoholic drink so there should be something for everyone to enjoy. And you never know, I might even have a flutter myself!”

Sophisticated vintage group The Candy Girls will transport racegoers back in time with wartime harmonies by stars of the 1940s, including Glen Miller, The Andrew Sisters and Vera Lynn. The six-piece variety act will entertain the crowds at various points around the racecourse.

Acoustic duo Maple North – Tom Gorringe and Lily Hope – will be performing popular numbers in the Pavilion marquee. The local singer-songwriters’ repertoire includes a foot-tapping mix of soul, Motown and swing.

Kate McKee, Marketing Manager at Beverley Racecourse, said: “Flemingate Ladies Day is Beverley’s social highlight of the summer and we have a really lively, fun day lined up.

“We’re so excited to have celebrity bartender Merlin mixing up cocktails in the racecourse bars. We also have great live music by wartime harmony singers The Candy Girls and local duo Maple North.

“The prizes for our Most Stylish competition are fantastic and I’m sure racegoers will have a really exciting and enjoyable day out!”

Popular Viking FM presenters Alex and Ellie will play the biggest tunes of the summer throughout the day and will host the Flemingate Most Stylish competition, sponsored by Humberside Airport.

Winner of the coveted Most Stylish Lady title will enjoy a weekend for two to the Christmas Markets of Cologne. The prize will include a private flight experience from Humberside Airport and two nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.

The winner of the Most Stylish Gent will claim a stylish watch donated by Beverley jeweller Guest & Philips, worth more than £500.

Attracting a bumper crowd of 12,000 visitors, Flemingate Ladies Day is the best-attended meeting in Beverley’s busy calendar and is a day not to be missed.

With racegoers making a big effort to look their very best for the occasion, Flemingate Ladies Day brings an added touch of glamour to the racecourse’s unbeatable combination of socialising, sport and first-class hospitality.

All tickets for the Premier Enclosure are sold out but there are still some tickets available for the Grandstand, Paddock and Course Enclosure, so racegoers are being urged to book to ensure they don’t miss out on a very special day on the Westwood.


Gates for Flemingate Ladies Day will open at 11am, with the first race at 2pm and last race at 5.05pm. For more information, or to book tickets, visit or call 01482 867488.