CLOVER BIDS FOR HILARY NEEDLER FORTUNE WITH GYPSY SPIRIT

Young Newmarket trainer Tom Clover believes Gypsy Spirit has a lot going for her in the historic Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley on Saturday (June 9).

The two-year-old daughter of Gregorian features amongst 13 declarations for what looks a superb renewal of the £35,000 conditions stakes over five furlongs.

And Clover has gone out of his way to appoint star French jockey Gerald Mosse for the ride on Gypsy Spirit, who won well on her debut at Windsor before finishing third in a hot novice stakes over six furlongs at Lingfield.

Clover said: “It’s worth good money and the track will suit her well.

“I’d love a drop of rain for her, being by Gregorian, but that’s not to say she won’t run well if it doesn’t come.

“We’ve a nice rider and she runs off level weights compared to Lingfield, so they are both positives.

“I was surprised at Lingfield by how much she had sharpened up for her run at Windsor and hopefully she’s still progressing.

“We think she’ll enjoy running over five furlongs up the hill at Beverley and if she ran very well, you’d have to look at Royal Ascot – especially if there is some cut in the ground.”

The Hilary Needler Trophy was famously claimed in 2003 by the mighty Attraction, whose former trainer Mark Johnson this year saddles prolific winner No Lippy.

Last-time-out winners Dame Gladys (Kevin Ryan), Good Tyne Girl (Richard Fahey) and Pearl Of Qatar (Brian Ellison) have also been declared, while Lady Prancealot (David Evans) and Wedding Date (Richard Hannon) have winning form, too.

Robert Cowell won the Hilary Needler Trophy 12 months ago with Chica La Habana and this season saddles Vikivaki.

Chica La Habana carries the colours of the Cool Silk Partnership, who are doubly represented in the ultra-competitive dash by the James Given-trained Alicia Darcy and Fahey’s Kodyanna.

The Ellison-trained Antico Lady, Deia Glory (Scott Dixon) and Josiebond (Rebecca Bastiman) complete a top-notch line-up.

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