WORLD’S BEST SPRINTER AT YORK THIS WEDNESDAY

HARRY Angel, racing’s top six-furlong star, will make his annual bow in the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes on Wednesday – the opening day of York’s 2018 season.

The Clive Cox-trained colt won the Darley July Cup at Newmarket and the Sprint Cup at Haydock in a glittering 2017 campaign that led to him being ranked as the leading sprinter in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

Harry Angel also won the 2017 Cartier Sprinter award and will start his four-year-old season rated 125.

Jockey Adam Kirby resumes his partnership on the Godolphin-owned colt as part of a select field of seven for the six-furlong Group 2 on the Knavesmire worth £125,000.

Harry Angel will carry a 5lb penalty for his past success at Group 1 level.

Lambourn-based Cox said: “We are looking forward to bringing him to York.

“We had a tricky spring and I think it’s fair to say this is a starting point. So I’d be pleased when he has got his first run under his belt.

“But he is in good nick and the yard is going well at the moment.

“He has done very well over the winter. He is turning up with a penalty because of his Group 1 success last year but I am very happy with him.

“He is a once in a lifetime horse. He makes the heart race on every occasion you see him on the racetrack.

“It’s a dream to have a top-flight horse. On last year he was the highest-rated six-furlong horse in the world. That’s an amazing accolade and I’m very proud to be in charge of him.”

William Derby, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course at York, gave the going as ‘good, good to firm in places, on Monday morning.

Cox added: “William does a wonderful job with the ground, so we are pretty relaxed in that respect. This horse has proven very versatile on all sorts of ground.”

The Dante Festival at York runs from Wednesday, May 16 to Friday 18 May inclusively.

You could be our Flemingate Ladies’ Day screen stars!

Beverley Racecourse is searching for a camera-friendly couple to be the stars of its most glamorous event of the year, Flemingate Ladies’ Day!

In its most ambitious Ladies’ Day promotion yet, the award-winning racecourse is looking for a confident couple to take part in a filmed challenge based on a reality TV show format.

Beverley Races’ “Don’t Tell the Lady” mini-series will see a local couple take on a challenge in a bid to spend a lavish VIP day out at the hugely-popular Flemingate Ladies’ Day in August.

In true celebrity-style, the lucky couple will be whisked to the racecourse in a chauffeur-driven limousine and spend an all-expenses paid afternoon enjoying fine dining, champagne and spectacular views in the exclusive Directors Box.

Throughout the day the couple will be the stars of the day, with photographers capturing their every move in true paparazzi style!

After enjoying an exciting afternoon of racing, the glamorous couple will have exclusive access to the racecourse after-party before a comfortable chauffeur-driven journey home.

Kate McKee, Marketing Manager at Beverley Racecourse, said: “At Beverley Racecourse we love to do things first and we’re pretty sure that no other British racecourse has ever had a ladies’ day challenge as unique as this!

“We’re looking for a couple with star-quality who will really get into the spirit of our Don’t Tell the Lady challenge. They will be chosen from a shortlist of contenders, following a series of filmed auditions and we’ll be involving the public in the process.

“Couples need to be confident and natural in front of a camera and are ready for lots of fun, fashion and fame!

“We’re not giving away too much just yet, but all I’ll say is a keen eye for fashion will come in very handy!”

2018 is the second year of the racecourse’s partnership with Beverley’s Flemingate retail and leisure destination for the hugely-popular Ladies’ Day race meeting.

Flemingate Ladies’ Day is the best attended meeting in Beverley’s busy calendar, with more than 11,000 racegoers enjoying last year’s afternoon of racing.

Graham Tait, Flemingate Centre Manager, said: “Last year’s first Flemingate Ladies’ Day was a great success and we’re looking to build on that this time around.

“Working with Beverley Racecourse is always very exciting and the plans for this year’s Flemingate Ladies’ Day are no exception – the team have really raised the bar!

“Don’t Tell the Lady will be great fun and a perfect opportunity for any couple seeking a taste of stardom.

“The team at Beverley Racecourse will reveal more over the coming weeks and months. Watch this space!”

Don’t Tell the Lady is open to couples of all ages, and same sex couples, living in Beverley, Hull and the surrounding villages.

Fame-seeking couples wanting to take part in the Don’t Tell the Lady challenge must showcase their star qualities in a short audition video and will need to be available for a day’s filming during week commencing June 11. Filming will take place out and about locally and also at the couples’ home or homes.

To apply, e-mail a short video (two minutes or less) or send a YouTube link, by June 1, to Kate McKee, Marketing Manager, at kate@beverley-racecourse.co.uk.

WATSON HAS QUIET CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM AT BEVERLEY

Archie Watson claimed a first juvenile winner of the season at Beverley last week and attempts to repeat the dose with Quiet Endeavour on Tuesday (May 15).

The talented Upper Lambourn handler saddles the unraced son of Society Rock in division one of the five-furlong Racing UK Now In HD Novice Stakes at 2.10pm.

And hopes are high of a strong show from the two-year-old, who fetched 37,000 euro at the sales and is owned by the influential Ontoawinner racing syndicates.

Watson said: “He’s got plenty of boot and he works with a couple of two-year-olds who have already run well.

“He’s fit and ready to go and his work has been good. He’s a nice horse, but we are hoping he’ll come on plenty for the run. 

“I also see him more of a six-furlong horse in time, but you’d like to think Beverley’s five furlongs will suit him.

“I’d be hopeful we see him put in a very professional display.”

Watson claimed a similar race at Beverley’s well-attended fixture on Bank Holiday Monday when Rockin Roy dazzled on his debut.

The two-year-old son of Fast Company, owned by Greenfield Racing, did really well to defeat The Great Heir by a nearly two lengths in a strong sprint.

He is now in contention to run at Royal Ascot.

Watson said: “I think he’s a very nice horse.

“We’ll see how he gets on under a penalty next time, but that felt like a good race at Beverley and he won really well.

“We’ll know more about him after his next run, but I see him as a Royal Ascot horse, where he could go for something like the Windsor Castle.”

The going at Beverley ahead of the eight-race card was described on Monday morning as being good after 11 millimetres of rainfall on Saturday night.

Sunny spells and a high of 18C have been forecast for Tuesday.

Feature race is the eight-and-a-half-furlong Westwood Handicap (4.10), for which 12 horses have been declared. 

Eternal won the race last year for Declan Carroll, who this season saddles God Willing.