LIBERTY RULES IN HILARY NEEDLER TROPHY AT BEVERLEY

(For immediate release, Saturday, June 8)
(Please feel free to use attached image of Liberty Beach – credit Hannah Ali)

Liberty Beach will head to Royal Ascot on top of her game after she won the £40,000 Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley on Saturday.

Trained in Malton by John Quinn and ridden by David Allan, the two-year-old daughter of Cable Bay (11-2) claimed the historic five-furlong dash by two and a half lengths from Rose Of Kildare.

Liberty Beach had won on her debut at Redcar on May 27 and again showed impressive pace when it mattered in the silks of Peter Wilkins.

Quinn said: “She had to be pushed along the first two furlongs and it was almost like she’d had two races.

“But she’s a very nice filly and stayed on really nicely.

“Visually, she was very impressive so it was a lovely result.

“We’ll definitely think about Royal Ascot. There’s obviously the Queen Mary and she’ll also be put in the Windsor Castle.”

David Allan added: “She’s a brave ‘un, and I wouldn’t put them off from running at Royal Ascot.”

SWANN FLYING HIGH FOR BIG DAY AT BEVERLEY

Scunthorpe Utd chairman Peter Swann is optimistic of another successful cross-Humber raid on Beverley in two of the biggest races of the season on Saturday.

Swann is an enthusiastic owner and, along with mother-in-law Barbara Wilkinson and other family members, has enjoyed great success at Beverley under the Cool Silk Partnership banner.

The Cool Silk Partnership have won the last two renewals of the historic Hilary Needler Trophy (2.00), courtesy of Chica La Habana and Kodyanna, and bid for a stunning hat-trick with Moon Of Love.

Significantly, the owners are also responsible for Summer Sands in the £40,000 Truckingby Brian Yeardley Two-Year-Old-Trophy (3.15) – a race the Cool Silk Partnership won in 2016 with subsequent Royal Ascot hero Prince Of Lir.

Swann said: “We enjoy coming to Beverley and have been very lucky there over the years.

“We’ve two very good chances in the big races and hopefully the Hilary Needler and the Brian Yeardley will again end up being platforms for having runners at Royal Ascot.”

Moon Of Love, a £140,000 two-year-old daughter of Kodiac, has not yet raced competitively ahead of the Hilary Needler Trophy, which is this year worth £40,000 in prize-money.

But she is prominent in the ante-post betting and Swann, who also won the 2012 Hilary Needler with Jadanna, believes the positive market vibes for Richard Fahey’s filly could be on the money.

He said: “Moon Of Love is from a good staying family and we’d be hopeful she’d get a mile in time.

“We got her from the breeze-ups, which we’ve gone into a lot of depth with for the last five or six years. Everything has to be right – mentality, confirmation, looks – when we buy a horse, and she fit the bill.

“She’ll probably end up favourite on Saturday but she is a horse we are very excited about.

“It’s not going to be easy against horses that have already raced, but Richard likes her a lot.”

Summer Sands, also trained in Malton by Fahey, was well backed on his debut in a hot York novice stakes, in which he overcame early naivety to finish fast and strong for third place.

Swann expects the young son of Coach House to have improved immeasurably for that run in the five-furlong Brian Yeardley Two-Year-Old Trophy.

He said: “We were delighted with York and he didn’t have a hard race. He’s a big, rangy sort and the form from York has picked up really well.

“Coach Houses have won on good to firm and good to soft, so if there is cut in the ground it wouldn’t bother him at all.

“We know that there’s a lot more to come from him.”

Cool Sphere, under the same ownership, is still engaged for the Brian Yeardley Two-Year-Old Trophy, but Robert Cowell’s inmate is scheduled to run at Bath on Friday evening.

Swann added: “Cool Sphere is another horse we really like, but, whatever happens, we’ve at least two very good horses heading to Beverley.

“If pressed, though, I’d say Moon Of Love has the better chance.”

The first of eight races – the Dadie Oughtred Memorial Handicap – on A Very British Raceday at Beverley on Saturday begins at 1.25pm and will, along with the Hilary Needler and Brian Yeardley trophies, be televised live on ITV Racing.

Thirst Past The Post

Hotel creates new cocktails
for Ladies’ Day at Redcar

A LUXURY hotel has added two unique cocktails to its menu to celebrate a glamorous new partnership with a North-East racecourse.

The cocktails, including one with a “Red Rum” base to capture the racing spirit, have been created to coincide with Rockliffe Hall being unveiled as a new sponsor for Ladies Day at Redcar on June 22.

And Jodie Lawson, winner of last year’s best-dressed lady competition at Redcar, was invited to the hotel to be the first to taste the new cocktails, which have been called “Wabber-Jockey” and “Lady At The Races”.

Wabber-Jockey was named in honour of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll, who grew up close to Rockliffe Hall, in Croft-on-Tees, near Darlington.

The hotel recently celebrated its local connections to the writer by opening the whimsical world of MischMasch in its gardens, and one of the “curious cabins” in the grounds is called Jabberwocky.

The Wabber-Jockey cocktail is a delicious margarita-style combination of Sailor Jerry Spiced Caribbean (Red) Rum, with fresh lime, Fever Tree ginger beer, and salt on half of the rim to symbolise the seaside at Redcar.

Lady At The Races comprises French Martini, vodka, Chambord, and pineapple to evoke the spirit of summer. Mixing it creates a foam, depicting the tide, and it also wears a “Ladies’ Day hat” of raspberries and blackberries.

The drinks were the creation of Owen Gooding, Rockliffe’s Old Hall Manager and expert mixologist, who said: “I wanted the cocktails to reflect a summer’s day at the races and make people think of the seaside.”

Jodie, an events manager from Redcar, said: “I think ‘Lady At The Races’ will be more suitable for women because it’s sweeter, while ‘Wabber-Jockey’ will be a hit with the men.”

This year’s best-dressed lady will win an overnight stay for two at Rockliffe Hall, with dinner in The Orangery, a spa treatment, and Spa Garden session.

More fabulous prizes will be on offer from regular sponsors Market Cross Jewellers, with Betty Leigh Boutique, Chic Hats, and Orange Kerr Hair & Beauty also supporting the event.

Rockliffe Hall chief executive, Eamonn Elliott, said: “We are delighted to be involved with Ladies’ Day at Redcar for the first time. The new cocktails will be on the menu in the lead up to Ladies’ Day and we might even retain them if they prove to be winners!”

Amy Fair, Redcar’s general manager, added: “Ladies’ Day is always such a lovely occasion and the addition of Rockliffe Hall as a new sponsor makes it even more special.”