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BEVERLEY STRIVES FOR BULLET UPGRADE

Chief executive Sally Iggulden is keen to see the totescoop6 Beverley Bullet upgraded to a Group Three race.
The renowned five-furlong dash has been won by some exceptional sprinters in recent years, with the £50,000 Listed heat brilliantly claimed by Take Cover this season.
David Griffiths’ 113-rated 10-year-old subsequently advertised the Bullet form by a winning a Group Three race at Newbury on September 23.
Officials at Beverley are now hoping to convince the British Horseracing Authority that the Beverley Bullet is worthy of an even higher status.
Iggulden said: “We strive to update and to keep our races on a good level, and next year we are going to put a lot more funds into prize-money throughout the 2018 campaign.
“It’s always been my ambition to get the Beverley Bullet upgraded to a Group Three race and let’s hope Take Cover can take us there.
“It’s a long process as it does depend upon the winners you have had each season, but year on year we really have had some truly cracking winners of the Bullet.
“I do not think the Beverley Bullet would look out of place as a Group Three so hopefully we can make the dream a reality.”
Beverley chairman Charles Maxsted was able to reflect upon another fantastic year after the season came to an end on Tuesday.
In a report published last month, attendances at Beverley were found to have been six per cent higher than in 2016 – bucking the trend for racecourses across the country which are showing a six per cent decline on last year.
The 2017 campaign has also seen a series of new partnerships, a successful new format and partner for the season’s best-attended meeting, Flemingate Ladies’ Day, and Beverley being named as the north’s best value racecourse.
Maxsted said: “We’ve had a very fine season. We’ve had some very good innovations this year and Ladies’ Day with Flemingate was a great success.
“We’ve also had some very good racing and some very good winners, with Take Cover the star of the show.
“Attendances are up this year, which was very much against the nationwide trend, so that was ever so pleasing.
“I give credit to all the staff who have made this a season to remember and hopefully we can match, or even improve upon, the considerable gains made when we do it all again in 2018.”
Paul Hanagan was on Tuesday crowned leading Beverley jockey for the season with 10 winners, while Malton trainer Richard Fahey was the runaway top trainer on the Westwood with 16 victories to his name.

FIVE STARS OF THE BEVERLEY SEASON
STRADIVARIUS (John Gosden)
A carefree six-length winner of a mile-and-a-quarter handicap at Beverley’s first fixture of the season on April 19. The rest is history as he went on to claim top honours in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and the Goodwood Cup. Last seen finishing a close third behind Capri in the St Leger at Doncaster.
CARDSHARP (Mark Johnston)
Brilliant winner of the Brian Yeardley Continental Two-Year-Old Trophy in June, after which he finished third in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. A subsequent Group Two scorer at Newmarket and also placed in the Gimcrack at York and the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.
JUDICIAL (Julie Camacho)
Became the first horse to navigate the Beverley circuit in under a minute when he scorched to glory in the valuable British Stallion Studs Weatherbys Hamilton EBF Conditions Stakes in June – his third triumph on the bounce. Since placed in Listed races at York and at Chester and now rated 105.
TAKE COVER (David Griffiths)
Stunning all-the-way winner of the totescoop6 Beverley Bullet on September 2. The classy 10-year-old has looked as quick as ever this season and beautifully franked the Bullet form by securing Group Three glory in the Dubai International World Trophy at Newbury.
ALPHA DELPHINI (Bryan Smart)
Last season’s Beverley Bullet hero made a heartening return to winning ways in the Eddie And Violet Smith Conditions Stakes at the final meeting of the season on September 26. Poised to step back up class for a Listed race at Ascot next month and likely to be campaigned in top six-furlong races in 2018.

EDWARD LEWIS READY TO ROLL AT BEVERLEY FINALE

Edward Lewis takes aim at a big prize at Beverley’s final meeting of the season on Tuesday when the progressive sprinter runs in the £20,000 Eddie And Violet Smith Conditions Stakes.

The four-year-old gelding was a fine second to Desert Law in the 16-runner Symphony Group Handicap at York last month and now attempts to go one place better at the East Yorkshire circuit.

Edward Lewis had been declared for the Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday, but he has been rerouted to Beverley following the abandonment of the three-day Western meeting in Scotland.

Trainer David O’Meara said: “He’s been in good heart all season and won at Beverley earlier in the year, so we know he acts on the course.

“He ran a really good race at York and came out of it well, so we’ll give it a go as it’s a nice prize to win.

“He is having to give a bit of weight away to Alpha Delphini, but he’s been a good horse throughout year and might just improve again.”

Alpha Delphini, last season’s Beverley Bullet hero for Bryan Smart, is a half-brother to Tangerine Trees, who won the Eddie And Violet Smith Conditions Stakes in 2010.

Robert Cowell and owners Cheveley Park Stud claimed top honours in 2014 with Kingsgate Native and again team up with the 107-rated Ornate, who was runner-up to Caspian Prince 12 months ago.

Paul Midgley has declared Elysian Flyer and Line Of Reason, who finished seventh behind 2017 Beverley Bullet winner Take Cover in a Group Three at Newbury on Saturday.

Ziggy Lee will be having his first start for 361 days and completes the six-runner line-up for the Lawrence Mullaney team.

Beverley’s eight-race finale begins at 2.10pm, with the official going on Monday morning reported as soft ground.

 

TAKE COVER SHOOTS FOR THE STARS IN BEVERLEY BULLET

Delighted South Yorkshire trainer David Griffiths was “chuffed to bits” after brilliant sprinter Take Cover won the Listed totescoop6 Beverley Bullet on Saturday.

The popular 10-year-old made all the running in Beverley’s big race of the season to delight a huge crowd as the 3-1 favourite for the £50,000 dash.

Jockey Tom Queally was keen to enter the stalls as late as possible, but once the gates ripped open his willing partner scorched into an early lead.

Runner-up Final Venture flew home late on, but Griffiths’ speedball responded gamely to win by a length.

The Wagon Wheel was outpaced for much of the five-furlong journey but made up a lot of late ground to finish third, another head away from the winner.

Take Cover earned connections a cool £22,280 and, in doing so, banished memories of having finished last in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York last Friday.

The gelded son of Singspiel has now won 12 times from 39 starts but was, surprisingly, having his first outing at Beverley in a decorated career.

Griffiths, who is based in Bawtry, near Doncaster, said: “I said to Andrew Hollis (of owners Norcroft Park Stud) that I didn’t think we should run because of the rain they had on Friday night, so this is all down to him!

“I thought good ground and a stiff five furlongs might find him out, so I’m absolutely chuffed to bits.

“He was in (the stalls) too long at York so we waited and waited with him to go into the stalls and it worked out really well.

“He’s in the Flying Five at the Curragh next Sunday but we came here because the ground in Ireland looks soft at the minute.

“We haven’t got a Group Two penalty this year and there are a lot of Listed races and Group Threes for him later in the season.

“There’s a race at Doncaster and there’s a Group Three at Newbury, and then there’s the Mercury Stakes, which he won two years ago, back at Dundalk.

“To keep coming back like that, he’s unbelievable. Tom said, ‘I don’t think I’ve ridden anything as quick’.”

Trainer Paul Midgley was proud of runner-up of Final Venture, but was quick to salute the resilience of Take Cover.

The North Yorkshire trainer said: “For a 10-year-old to still keep doing what he’s doing, I take my hat off to him.

“I don’t think there’s a lot between the first two, but Take Cover got a better start than we did.

“That was probably the difference between winning and losing.”