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ED DUNLOP TARGETS MORE BEVERLEY GAINS WITH WELOOF

Ed Dunlop will try to remain unbeaten at Beverley this season when he saddles Weloof in the feature race on Thursday (April 27).

The Newmarket handler enjoyed a fine start to the 2017 campaign at the East Yorkshire circuit when he secured a double at the opening fixture last Wednesday.

Amlad and Global Revival obliged for Dunlop on the Westwood, and now the Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah-owned Weloof gets the chance to shine in the 2017 Bernard Evans Memorial Handicap (2.45).

Like Amlad, the three-year-old colt sports the same red and white silks of Dabyah and Daban, who both advanced their Classic claims with significant victories last week.

Weloof was well beaten on his sole start as a juvenile, but caught the eye at Wolverhampton last month when he won an eight-and-a-half-furlong maiden by two and a quarter lengths.

Dunlop said: “I’m looking forward to running him at Beverley.

“He did well at Wolverhampton last time and the horse that finished second (Everything For You) has since won a race.

“He wouldn’t want the ground too fast, but he’s in good form and will now enter handicap company in the hope he can back up his Wolverhampton run.

“Mr Abdullah Al Naboodah has been a big supporter of the yard recently so hopefully Weloof can continue his fine run of form.

“We had a good day at Beverley last week and Mulzim winning at Wolverhampton on the evening made it an across-the-card treble.

“We hope this can help propel us forward as we move into a key period, with many horses ready to run in the near future.”

Weloof will be ridden by Paul Mulrennan at Beverley and takes on six rivals over seven and a half furlongs.

Aardwolf is set to carry top weight for Mark Johnston, who also saddles Kodiac Khan.

Richard Fahey runs Starlight Romance, the mount of Sammy Jo Bell. Fahey won this race 12 months ago with Garcia, who subsequently claimed victory in the Silver Bowl Stakes at Haydock last May.

Monks Stand (Tim Easterby), Arc Royal (Tom Dascombe) and Fayez (David O’Meara) also go to post

Beverley’s seven-race card is due to begin at 1.40pm and also features the Rapid Lad Handicap (3.50). This mile-and-a-quarter contest is named in honour of the course specialist who won 12 races on the Westwood between 1983-89.

The current going at Beverley is good to firm, good in places, after four and a half millimetres of rainfall on Tuesday night.

RIPON HOSTS SUPER SATURDAY OF SPORTING ACTION

As the nation goes ‘Racing crazy’ this weekend for the Tour De Yorkshire, down at Ripon Races it is very much ‘business as normal’ as they prepare for a different kind of racing and their first Saturday raceday of the season.

Alongside an afternoon of quality action on the track, the Racecourse will be showing full coverage of the Tour De Yorkshire alongside the jump season finale action from Sandown.

Ripon’s first Saturday meeting of the season has over £120,000 of prize money on offer, with £30,0000 up for grabs for the main event of the afternoon. The feature race ‘The Download The Free Attheraces App Handicap Stakes’, this contest for staying horses over 2 miles is often a stepping stone for potential Royal Ascot winners with Trip to Paris winning the race before winning the Ascot Gold Cup back in 2014.

James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course said:

“We are delighted the Tour De Yorkshire is coming to Ripon and have worked closely with Welcome to Yorkshire to ensure our spectators will have no problems getting in or out of the Racecourse this Saturday”

Travel news with reference to Saturday’s racing and the Tour De Yorkshire: –

The Women’s race will have passed through Ripon Market Place by the time their gates open at 11.30am and the action will already be underway (our first race commences at 14.15pm) once the Men’s race enters the city (at approximately 16.15pm).

There will only be short road closures in place on the A61 at Ripley at approximately 09.30am to 10.30am and 14.15pm – 15.15pm and the main access route from the A1 is completely unaffected, with no travel restrictions whatsoever by the time the final race is completed by 17.40pm.

Other big news coming from the track is the return of our #FREEFRIDAY initiative in two weeks’ time. Last year’s event saw over 6000 racegoers turn out to enjoy a Friday evening of racing for FREE.  This year’s fixture takes place on Friday 12th May, with over 6000 people already registered to attend it is set to be another landmark event.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news from the course on their social media pages, or by visiting their website.

GLOBETROTTER BIG ORANGE BOUND FOR BETWAY YORKSHIRE CUP

TRAINER Michael Bell is hoping it will be third time lucky for stable stalwart Big Orange who is among 38 horses to remain in contention for the feature race of Friday 19 May, the Betway Yorkshire Cup, at today’s first forfeit stage.

The globetrotting six-year-old will be hoping to add a further Group 2 triumph to his previous success at this elevated level, having recorded back-to-back victories in the last two renewals of the Goodwood Cup.

But, to date, York has not been a happy hunting-ground for Big Orange, who has disappointed on his two previous course appearances.

He was seventh in the weddingmates.co.uk Grand Cup – a Listed contest – and had only one behind him in the 2015 running of the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup.

However, Bell believes Big Orange can be excused for not delivering his best form on the Knavesmire…yet.

He said: “He has run twice there. The first time we changed the tactics and tried to drop him in but that backfired. Then he also ran again in the Lonsdale but that was on the back of a hard race in the Princess of Wales’s (at Newmarket) and a hard race at Goodwood. There’s no logical reason why he shouldn’t be effective at York, so we want to go there all guns blazing.

“We feel that the Yorkshire Cup fits in nicely – timing-wise – with possibly running in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. Provided there are no extremes of ground – and that he’s healthy and well – I am sure he will be there.”

His last run in England was on the Sussex Downs nine months ago. Since then he has been campaigned in Australia, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Most recently, he contested the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup (sponsored by Al Tayer Motors) in which he was a very creditable fourth. That performance at Meydan in late March is all the more impressive, given the back-story.

Bell explained: “Bearing in mind 48 hours before the race he had a temperature of 104, I think it was a very, very good run. He had a heat wobble. Although on race day he was fine, that is not the ideal preparation.

“He couldn’t canter the day before the race. Not that you can get a horse fit in a day but it can’t have been a positive – it must have been detrimental. And he ran, I wouldn’t say a career-best, but he wasn’t far off his best ever form.”

Almost a month later and Bell reports his charge to be in “very good form” at home. And, unsurprisingly, Big Orange is a very popular figure around the stables at Fitzroy House in Newmarket.

Bell added: “He is a great character – a huge presence in the yard, physically as much as anything else. The longer horses stay around in Flat racing yards, the more attached you get to them. He has taken us all round the world, not once but twice, so he’s a great friend.”

The £165,000 Betway Yorkshire Cup is a Group 2 race, staged over a mile-and-three-quarters of the Knavesmire and is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series.

York’s season-opening Dante Festival runs from Wednesday 17 May to Friday 19 19 inclusive.

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