MENUISIER TARGETS BIG BEVERLEY BRACE

David Menuisier has challenged Psychotic to go the distance at Beverley on Tuesday as the West Sussex trainer tries to win the Watt Memorial Handicap for a second consecutive year.

Menuisier claimed the big staying race – now in its 132nd year – 12 months ago with Corpus Chorister, who, like Psychotic, is owned by Clive Washbourn.

And now the same combination bid for the double with the five-year-old son of Nayef, who was an encouraging fifth over a mile and a half at Beverley on June 26.

Menuisier said: “I thought he ran really well on his last start at Beverley last month.

“He stayed on well for fifth place over a mile and a half, and that is the reason we have gone back to Beverley as he obviously likes running up that hill.

“Whether or not he will get the two-mile trip, I’m not sure, but we think it is worth a chance.

“Last year he was a very difficult ride, but he has relaxed a lot more now and is learning to become a racehorse.

“We cannot be too bullish about his chances, but we will be absolutely delighted if he can keep on progressing.”

Despite being five years old, Psychotic has raced just seven times and only made his debut in August 2017.

Pulborough-based Menuisier said: “He’s a horse who has had many, many problems.

“He had quite a bad leg injury, and to save the horse’s racing career we needed to geld him because he was just too heavy.

“It’s a bit of a miracle that he’s even be able to run at all, to be honest.

“Because of his problems, he was like a two-year-old last year and it is still very early days for him – it’s trial and error, really.

“All we hope is that he keeps improving.”

 

Five horses have been declared for the Watt Memorial Handicap (3.30), including Altra Vita from Sir Mark Prescott’s yard.

The three-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom is unbeaten in three outings this season and looks an improving horse.

Prescott also won this race two years ago with another three-year-old filly, St Michel, who is rated as highly as 108 and had been in contention for the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

Menuisier said: “We are under no illusions. The Prescott filly will be very hard to beat.

“That said, you should never be scared of one horse so hopefully he will run very well.

“Whatever happens, he will be an interesting horse for the second half of the season, so anything before that is a bonus.”

High On Light (David Barron), Stormin Tom (Tim Easterby) and Gabrial’s King (Richard Fahey) complete the quintet for the Watt Memorial Handicap.

Beverley’s meeting begins at 2pm and also showcases the RB Camel Derby, which is now in its third year.

THE GO RACING IN YORKSHIRE SUMMER FESTIVAL 2018

The Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival brings together 8 of the Yorkshire racecourses for a week long racing spectacular commencing on Saturday 21st July at Ripon Racecourse and finishing 8 days later at Pontefract Racecourse on Sunday 29th July. We are very excited to announce our Festival sponsor, Skybet, have agreed continuing sponsorship of the festival until 2021! Without them we could not provide the fabulous festival we do currently or continue to grow it.

A magnificent week of horseracing and entertainment awaits Yorkshire racegoers with everything from Family Days at Redcar and Pontefract, Carnival night at Beverley, Sir Tom Jones and Boyzone at York and great family entertainment and live music at all the racecourses. Children go free with an accompanying adult, making Yorkshire racing a great family day out!

In 2018, Racing Welfare is our supported charity for the festival. They will be at every racecourse with their stand which includes an equicisor. Before racing at every course a jockey will come out and give a demonstration before inviting all racegoers to have a go! Festival Freddie, our festival mascot will be around the courses, giving out sweets and goodies with our photographer. All photographs each day can be found on the Go Racing In Yorkshire facebook page and can be downloaded for free.

The Go Racing in Yorkshire 2018 Summer Festival continues to grow and will be an exciting week of racing right across the county.

EYRE LOOKING TO SPRING A SURPRISE IN WILLIAM HILL SUMMER STAKES

YORKSHIRE trainer Les Eyre will be aiming to upset the odds in the Group 3 William Hill Summer Stakes at York on Friday – just like he did 21 years ago in the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap.
East Riding-based Eyre will be on the Knavesmire to saddle his stable star, Sandra’s Secret, who runs in exactly the same colours as that 1997 Ebor winner, Far Ahead.
Sunpak Racing’s mare has been an absolute revelation so far this season.
The fast ground-loving five-year-old rattled off a three-timer between May 20 and June 15, rising from 80 to 97 in the official handicap in the process.
Her last win came at York in the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap.
Eyre, who trains 22 thoroughbreds at Ivy House Stables in Catwick, said: “She has been a credit to the yard. She has improved out of all recognition.”
Asked to put the finger on her marked progression, Eyre laughed and said: “If I only knew I’d be visiting York more often!
“She is a happy little horse and she’s done it all herself, to be truthful.”
Since her hat-trick, Sandra’s Secret has finished second in a five-furlong Listed race at Ayr.
Now she is set to return to her favoured six-furlong trip and a shot at Group-race glory, albeit taking on Could It Be Love from Aidan O’Brien’s powerful Ballydoyle stable as well as fillies from the top yards of Richard Hannon and William Haggas, among others.
But Eyre added: “She doesn’t know about them; she runs her own race.
“She deserves to take her chance, she really does.
“She is in great form. She thrives on her work.
“She takes a fair while to get fit – she can be quite stuffy – but once she’s there, she’s there. I don’t do a hell of a lot with her in between racing.”
Eyre’s small string has done him proud so far this term. The winners have been flowing, including a treble in May – the first of his near 30-year career.
He said: “We’ve had a cracking year. I think we’re on 13 or 14 winners.”
The £65,000 William Hill Summer Stakes is the feature of Friday’s seven-race card at York, which gets underway at 2.05pm. Saturday is John Smith’s Cup today in which the £200,000 heritage handicap is preceded by a newly upgraded Group 3 and a Listed race.
For tickets please call 01904 620911 x 225 or visit www.yorkracecourse.co.uk