The best of British as Westwood prepares for its big race day

There will be red, white and blue everywhere at Beverleys Very British Raceday on Saturday
There will be red, white and blue everywhere at Beverleys Very British Raceday on Saturday

Beverley Racecourse is gearing up for a gloriously British afternoon of racing, entertainment and fine food on Saturday.

The course is holding a Very British Raceday, which features two of the most prestigious races in its calendar, the Brian Yeardley and the Hilary Needler trophies.

Trainer Jo Hughes could have Royal Ascot in mind if Erica Bing shines in the £25,000 Hilary Needler Trophy.

The daughter of Captain Gerrard made a deep impression at Bath earlier this month, when successful in a five-and-a-half-furlong maiden, and could now step up in class for the historic conditions stakes on the Westwood.

Nineteen fillies have been confirmed for the prestigious five-furlong sprint, won last year by Easton Angel, who subsequently finished second in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The £25,000 Brian Yeardley Continental Two-Year-Old Trophy, was won 12 months ago by French Derby runner-up First Selection.

The five-furlong dash has attracted 17 young colts at the confirmation stage, including the Mark Johnston-trained trio of Mailshot, Repton and The Last Lion, winner of the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster on his debut.

Off the track, the day will have a red, white and blue theme with entertainment including a donkey derby, fairground stalls and a rousing Last Night of the Proms sing-a-long after racing.

The seven-race card is due to start at 1.50pm, gates open at 11.30am.