BEAT THE BOOKIES: Tips for Beverley meeting tonight

Beverley Racecourse
Beverley Racecourse

Tony McCormick from previews the evening card at Beverley.

Heavy rain is forecast throughout the whole of the day and evening.

6.30 - 1m4f 3yo Handicap

It looks like only seven will go to post for the opener tonight, with leading Beverley trainers Mark Johnston and Richard Fahey looking to hit the target early.

Johnston saddles two in the shape of Bureau and Stout Cortez, both must be respected, while Fahey has the Excellent Art filly Emerahldz, who won here over 10f earlier this month, she has been put up 2lbs for that win, for which George Chaloner immediately takes off three.

If the ground is on the softer side, value could well be found in the Shirocco filly Shirocco Passion, who will relish any downpour on the Westwood.

7.00 - 1m1f Handicap

Six of the seven renewals of this race have been won by four and five-year-olds with Richard Fahey winning two of them. Fahey saddles Spirit Of The Law, who has placed efforts on good to soft and four of his seven career wins have come at this distance.

Headline News, by the mud loving French star Pentire Celebre, is a distance winner on soft ground, as well as, winning both of his career wins going right handed, trainer Rae Guest has had two winners from just three runners in the last week.

7.30 – Hilary Needler Trophy Conditions Stakes For 2yo’s Over 5f

This is the fourth running of this famous race since, unfortunately, losing ‘Listed’ status. That said, it still makes for a competitive contest.

Seven of the last winners had already won at the distance in their short careers and had not gone more than two runs without a win.

Jonathan Portman brings the fascinating Cajoling from Upper Lambourn. The Intense Focus filly was bought by the mighty Qatar Racing following her win at Windsor on 12 May and is declared to run in a Listed event at Sandown on Thursday, the trainer clearly thinks this is an easier option, for this exciting prospect.

Tim Easterby, who has won this race twice in the last 10 years, saddles Don’t Tell Annie, who must be respected given her 3L defeat in a Listed contest at York’s Dante meeting.

Make On Madam, seems to find one better than her in races, while Lazy Days In Loule can run well at a big price on the ground.

8.00 - 5f Conditions Stakes

York Glory and Hamish McGonagall are very much live contenders, with all runners off 8-12 here. Kevin Ryan’s charge won last year’s Wokingham at Royal Ascot, before being beaten ¼L in the Beverley Bullet, while Tim Easterby’s old hero was last seen beaten a length in the Group 1 Nunthorpe at York last August (York Glory, 3½L behind).

I will be surprised if Victory Laurel is risked on debut in the worsening ground, while a shock could well be landed by outsider Jamaican Bolt who has won on soft and heavy going.

8.30 - 1m Handicap

The Michael Tabor owned and finely bred, Coin Broker will relish the ground and can get off the mark here at the expense of Mark Johnston’s Emaad. If, the promised downpour arrives, Mick Channon’s Needless Shouting could surprise as his stallion Footstepsinthesand has a 29% place strike rate on soft ground and is 31% on heavy going.

9.00 - 7f Maiden Stakes

How well Coin Broker goes in the 8.30 will be a gauge for how well Richard Faheys Abbey Village performs, given his third here behind 40/1 winner Jacbequick and the aforementioned runner, when he was staying on up the hill on heavy ground, here, earlier this month.