BEVERLEY RACES : Makanah Fired Up For Beverley Bullet

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Aug 262020
BEVERLEY RACES : Makanah Fired Up For Beverley Bullet
BEVERLEY RACES : Makanah Fired Up For Beverley Bullet

Julie Camacho will this Thursday try to win the William Hill Beverley Bullet for a second consecutive year when Makanah goes for gold in the £30,000 Listed sprint.

The North Yorkshire trainer claimed the five-furlong dash 12 months ago with the 111-rated Judicial.

But Camacho has this year declared the progressive Makanah, who was just denied in a strong handicap at Haydock on his most recent outing on August 3.

Steve Brown, the Norton handler’s husband and assistant, said: “He’s a grand horse and we’ve been very pleased with him this season.

“He’s a progressive sprinter, but we got to the point with him in handicaps where he was carrying top weight all the time.

“With that in mind, we thought it was now the right time to dip our toe into a Listed race with him and the Bullet looked ideal.

“We were happy with him at Haydock and he came out of the race really well.

“He’s won before with cut in the ground, so the recent rain we’ve had won’t bother him one bit.

“He’s also won before over six furlongs when he was a younger horse so you’d expect him to handle the track.

“We always thought he’d be the one who could push Judicial on a bit. I’m not saying he’s as good as him at this stage of his career, but he’s got a similar sort of profile.

“It’s going to be a fascinating race and it will be really interesting to see how he gets on.

“We’re very much looking forward to it.”

Judicial had featured amongst the Beverley Bullet confirmations, but Brown added: “Once the rain came, that made up our minds not to run him.

“He’ll probably go to the Garrowby Stakes at York a week on Sunday.”

Makanah takes on nine rivals in the Beverley Bullet, including Group One-winning sprinter Alpha Delphini.

Bred and owned by Beverley resident Marie Matthews, Bryan Smart’s inmate claimed the Bullet in 2016.

Course-and-distance winners Tarboosh and Caspian Prince also line up, while Kevin Ryan is double-handed with Major Jumbo and Last Emperor.

Michael Dods also fires two shots at the Bullet with Dakota Gold and Queens Gift, with Fool For You and Keep Busy having been declared by Richard Fahey and John Quinn respectively.

Beverley’s nine-race card begins at 1pm and also features the class two William Hill Silver Cup Handicap, which is worth £15,000 in prize-money.

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What Does SP Mean in Horse Racing?

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Jul 152020
What Does SP Mean in Horse Racing?
What Does SP Mean in Horse Racing?

What does SP mean in horse racing is a common question among people who like to bet. This is especially true with those new to betting.

SP in horse racing means ‘Starting Price’. These are the odds calculated based on those being offered by the bookies at the course. Therefore, when the race actually starts, the odds offered are known as the SP – Starting Price.

Understanding more about SP in horse racing could help you increase your winnings when it comes to placing a bet. For example, if you were to visit Beverley Races and place a bet with the bookmaker on the course they may present you two choices.

These may be the odds they have shown or offer you the SP.  This is a calculated risk, the bookie may have offered you 10/1.

However, when the race begins the starting price could be 11/1 as a result a better return on your bet. Of course, when the race gets underway the SP could, in fact, be worse at 9/1 meaning you lose out.

To try and help punters in making their decision when placing a bet most bookmakers will offer best odds guaranteed. This means that they will payout on whatever the best odds were between the SP and the fixed odds you were offered.

When Not To Take The SP When Betting On Horse Racing

In some cases choosing to take the SP when placing your bet is not advised by experts in the field. One such example of this is when placing an accumulator style bet.

Accumulators tend can be very a lucrative way of winning large amounts when horse race betting. It is a bet that involves placing your state on four or more horses into a single bet.

In one instance a punter won an incredible £823,000 in the UK from a bet that involved a state of just £19. Accumulators are not restricted to horse race betting.

Steve Whiteley a heating engineer is a fine example of how this type of bet can be life-changing. He picked out six winners to scoop a staggering £1.45M prize from his £2 state.

While other examples include a punter who walked away with £111k after staking just 2p on his accumulator.

Many punters choose this type of bet on other sports with football being one of the most popular.

However, it is widely accepted that when choosing this type of bet, the way to maximise your return is to take the best price possible and not risk betting on the SP.

A Little Bit Of Knowledge Goes A Long Way When Betting

Essentially the SP is a bet within a bet. Not only are you betting on your horse you are also betting that the odds could change in your favour.

This additional risk certainly presents more opportunities to increase the return of your bet. As with all forms of gambling, a little bit of knowledge and research can help punters make an educated choice when placing their bet.

Given how the SP is calculated, in most cases finding a horse that is not being backed a majority of people is a good starting point. Of course, the horse has to win too for you to claim your prize.

Looking for those hidden gems on the racecard, the outsiders is certainly key to ensuring you get the most out of your bet if you intend on going down the SP route.

When looking for those gems the key is study more than the price being offered by the bookies. Just study the price is not advisable. Bookmakers know that some punters like to bet on certain odds. In fact, they will price horses at those odds to tempt people in.

You can beat them by studying the form of horses, look at their recent performances while also looking into how they have performed at that course. Ask yourself, how has the jockey and horse performed in the past when paired together.

Have Fun When Placing Bets 

However, you decide to bet the most important thing is to have fun. While seeing your horse cross the finish the line in the first place and collecting your winnings is the ultimate goal there are other pleasures along the way.

Furthermore, with a little bit of knowledge, those highs can become more frequent. Take time to learn about the different ways you can place your stakes, invest time in studying the form of not only the horse but the breeders, trainers and jockeys.

It is by empowering yourself with this extra know-how that will help you beat the bookie and pick more winners. But most importantly by prepping yourself as much as possible ahead of placing your bets, you will be able to spot the right opportunity.

Those SP gems are out there, yes they are a greater risk, but with those risks come greater rewards.

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BEVERLEY RACES: Queen Bids For Beverley Coronation

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Jun 222020
BEVERLEY RACES: Queen Bids For Beverley Coronation
BEVERLEY RACES: Queen Bids For Beverley Coronation

In-form filly Colony Queen goes for a third consecutive victory when she runs at Beverley on Tuesday.

Trained in Lincolnshire by Steve Gollings, the four-year-old daughter of Gregorian has been a revelation since her transfer from James Tate’s yard last May.

Colony Queen has won four times from just seven starts for her new connections and is now on a hat-trick following victories at Newbury and at Newcastle earlier this month.

Gollings is once again optimistic that the filly can add further gloss to the statistics by winning the £7,250 mile-and-a-quarter handicap (3.45) at Beverley.

The Louth handler said: “She’s just a very, very genuine filly.

“Every time she runs, Colony Queen continues to surprise us.

“She’s just a proper racehorse. She loves racing and she wants to win so much. You just can’t knock her resolution.

“She was plenty fit enough at Newcastle when she won, but, at the same time, you’d like to think she’ll come on for that run.

“I honestly thought she’d win a bit easier at Newcastle, but you couldn’t fault her attitude.

“She’s just a cracking filly and one day I’d love to get placed in a Listed race and get her a bit of black type as she’d deserve that.”

Of her chances at Beverley, Gollings added: “I’ve had a good look at the card and it’s by no means a walk in the park.

“But the fact she’s already run at Beverley – she finished second in a lady amateurs’ race there last summer – will stand her in good stead.

“The stiff mile and a quarter will suit her nicely and she’ll enjoy running up that long home straight there.

“Fingers crossed everything’s set for another good run.

“It’s not going to be easy, but I wouldn’t swop her for anything else in the field.”

Colony Queen takes on 13 rivals at Beverley, with the Brian Ellison-trained Tim Rocco set to carry top weight.

Previous Beverley winners Delph Crescent and Northern Lyte have also been declared, while Knowing and Power Of States run for Newmarket trainers James Fanshawe and Hugo Palmer respectively.

Beverley’s nine-race card begins at 12.45pm, with the official going currently good, good to firm in places.

A warm, dry afternoon with a high of 23C has been forecast ahead of Beverley’s third behind-closed-doors fixture of the season.

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BEVERLEY RACES : Menzies Hoping For Cool Running

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Jun 162020
BEVERLEY RACES : Menzies Hoping For Cool Running
BEVERLEY RACES : Menzies Hoping For Cool Running

Trainer Rebecca Menzies bids for a first Beverley winner when Cool Possibility runs in the finale on the Westwood this afternoon.

The four-year-old grey has thrived since having undergone a wind operation in January, since when he has gone unbeaten in three starts.

Cool Possibility’s hot streak began at Newcastle in February when he won a National Hunt bumper by a length.

The former Charlie Hills stayer then secured back-to-back Flat wins on the Southwell all-weather.

Cool Possibility is one of nine runners for the two-mile handicap at 4.50pm, with his trainer confident of another strong display from the gelded son of Dark Angel.

The Co Durham handler said: “His optimum trip is two miles, so we think this race will be good for him.

“We actually bought him as a hurdler, but we gave him a few runs (over hurdles) and it was clear that he wasn’t quite seeing out his races.

“We weren’t expecting him to win at Newcastle, so that was a pleasant surprise.

“It was then that we said, ‘Why not give him a few runs on the Flat?’, and it was clearly the right decision.

“He’s a big horse and has taken him a lot of time to mature, so hopefully we’ve got him for his better years.

“He’s done very well during the break – he’s filled out even more – but whether or not he’ll need the run, I’m not quite sure.

“We’re looking forward to it and, from what he’s shown us at home, I suspect he’s probably just as good on the grass as he is the all-weather.”

Beverley’s second meeting of a protracted campaign is once again behind closed doors, with the first of nine races due off at 12.20pm.

The going is currently good, with the forecast suggesting a largely dry day and a high of 18C.

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BEVERLEY RACES: Kylie Rules Returns For Beverley Opener

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Jun 102020
BEVERLEY RACES: Kylie Rules Returns For Beverley Opener
BEVERLEY RACES: Kylie Rules Returns For Beverley Opener

Popular mare Kylie Rules makes a welcome comeback at her spiritual home when Beverley emerges from lockdown on Thursday.

Trained in North Yorkshire by Ruth Carr, the five-year-old daughter of Aussie Rules enjoyed a golden spring in 2019 with four consecutive victories on the Westwood.

The assessor has since intervened – Kylie Rules is now 25lb higher than when she began her winning spree last April – but Carr is optimistic of a bold bid in the Follow Us On Twitter for Raceday Updates Handicap (3.50).

Stillington-based Carr said: “She’s in good form, and she’s looking forward to getting back to what she does best.

“She’s as enthusiastic as ever and she’s ready to run. The problem is, though, that she’s now so high up in the handicap compared to last April.

“Things are probably going to be difficult for her this year, but she’s in great order and we’re looking forward to seeing her back racing.

“She doesn’t mind a bit of juice in the ground – she wouldn’t want it bottomless – but she never lets us down.

“I don’t imagine it will be any different this time.”

Kylie Rules is top weight for the extended one-mile race at Beverley and takes on 10 rivals, including course-and-distance winners Dawaaleeb and Poet’s Dawn.

She will once again be ridden by Jimmy Sullivan, who created a small piece of history when he won the first UK race since the sport returned from a 76-day hiatus at Newcastle on June 1.

Carr is also represented at Beverley by Athmad, who runs in the Visit Handicap (3.20) over seven and a half furlongs.

The four-year-old gelding will be having just his second start for new connections following his switch from Brian Meehan’s yard in March.

Carr said: “We’re still learning about him as he’s only had the one run for us at Newcastle.

“That said, a turning and slightly more interesting track might see him improve.

“We’re quietly pleased with him. He’s more enthusiastic than when he first arrived and is well handicapped on his best form.”

Commenting upon the well-being of her yard – Athmad and Kylie Rules will be her first runners since racing returned from lockdown – the trainer added: “I’d say our horses are a bit behind than this time last year.

“But, at the same time, they’re probably where they would be at the start of a normal season.

“Our horses genuinely improve for a run, and I think that would be the case at Beverley, but we’re starting to get busy again.

“It might be starting late, but it’s still a long season.”

Beverley’s behind-closed-doors fixture features nine races, the first of which due off at 12.45pm.

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Beverley Races To Return, But Without Spectators For First Time In 330 Years

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Jun 032020
Beverley Races To Return, But Without Spectators For First Time In 330 Years
Beverley Races To Return, But Without Spectators For First Time In 330 Years

Beverley Races is coming back as the racing industry resumes behind closed doors.

The first race meeting of the 2020 season will take place at Beverley Racecourse on Thursday, June 11th – almost two months after the season was originally due to begin.

The event will be the first time horseracing has taken place on the Westwood without spectators since the first racecourse was established on the site in 1690.

It follows the Government’s go-ahead for racing and other professional sports to return behind closed doors after the suspension caused by the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown.

The first race meeting since the sport was suspended took place at Newcastle yesterday (June 1st), and Beverley’s raceday will be only the second meeting in Yorkshire since the easing of lockdown. Beverley Racecourse has announced nine race meetings up to the end of August, with all racing taking place behind closed doors until further notice.

Beverley’s Pasture Masters have given permission for the closure of the area in the centre of the racecourse, known as the Hurn, as well as land on the outer perimeter of the course, to ensure spectators don’t gather to watch the racing. The closure will remain in place between 7am and 7pm on June 11th and on subsequent racedays.

All those involved in the race meeting at Beverley and other courses will undergo a three-stage health screening process, including completing an online Covid-19 educational test and health questionnaire every seven days, followed by temperature testing and further questions on arrival at the course. Admittance will only be granted to pre-registered participants who pass the checks.

Once inside, appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will be worn by all participants and social distancing measures will be followed.

Beverley Racecourse Chief Executive Sally Iggulden said: “It’s incredibly important for this racecourse – and for the racing community that we are part of – that we can finally start the season, even in the current very difficult circumstances.

“We have already had to cancel six race meetings this season and several non-raceday events. That has left us with no income since lockdown. The only financial help available to us has been the furlough scheme.

“It will be exciting to have racing again on The Westwood, although it will be strange not to have racegoers.

“We don’t know when we might be able to welcome the public back to the racecourse, but we’re looking forward to that day. We will follow government advice as to when it is deemed safe to do so.”

Extensive measures have been implemented by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the governing authority for horseracing in Great Britain, to ensure racing can return safely without spectators. Alongside the three-step screening process, these include:

·         Only essential participants allowed on the racecourse.

·         Two metres social distancing maintained in all areas as well as one-way systems, with a specially designated social distancing officer to enforce measures.

·         Weighing room equipment cleaned and disinfected, no showers or saunas for jockeys, and handwashing and hand sanitisers in place in the pre-parade and parade rings, and starting stalls.

·         Jockeys, parade ring personnel, starters and stall handlers to wear face coverings.

The BHA’s plans have been developed in consultation with the Government and public health officials and are aligned with guidance issued for the return of elite sports.

The BHA said risks of transmitting coronavirus were lower for racing events than in other sports and industries, as it is a non-contact sport which takes place outside, and training of horses has continued, with riders already having adapted to social distancing rules.

Sally Iggulden said the temporary closure of part of Beverley Westwood on racedays was in line with BHA guidelines for the resumption of racing.

She said: “We know local people will understand why it is necessary to close some areas of the Westwood. We appreciate the public’s support and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

“The Westwood will remain open on the other side of York Road from the racecourse. This area will not be affected and can still be used by the public for walking and leisure.”

The racing industry is worth more than £4bn annually to the economy, most of which is generated in rural areas. Around 20,000 staff are directly employed, with tens of thousands more working in jobs that depend on racing.

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The Famous Racehorses To Win The Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes

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Apr 242020
The Famous Racehorses To Win The Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes
The Famous Racehorses To Win The Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes

The Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes over the flying five furlongs at Beverley Racecourse is East Yorkshire’s best-known race.

Open to Flat sprinters aged three and above, and held annually at the end of August, it is the biggest day of the year for horse racing in the area. Take a stroll down memory lane with us as we remember two famous racehorses that won the Beverley Bullet.

Borderlescott (2012)

The last time Borderlescott won a race in his lengthy career, it came in this. Trained by Robin and then later Rebecca Bastiman at the family’s Cowthorpe stables 45 miles away from Beverley in West Yorkshire near Wetherby, this gelding first announced himself as sprinter by landing the 2006 Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

Borderlescott later won back-to-back renewals of the Nunthorpe Stakes – one of the few sprint races in the British Isles to hold Group 1 status – in 2008 and 2009. In the first year, he won it, the race was held at Newmarket while regular home York was closed for renovation.

In 2010, Borderlescott made a successful return to Glorious Goodwood down in Sussex and captured the Group 2 King George Stakes. He raced in France, Ireland and even Hong Kong during a career spanning 85 races and 11 years.

Victory in the Beverley Bullet was his 14th and came aged 10 when he stayed on strongly to land odds of 8/1. It is always worth checking horse racing results from today as they can influence betting markets for future events and Borderlescott proved older horses can still win valuable Flat races.

Alpha Delphini (2016)

Winning the Beverley Bullet helped to launch the career of Bryan Smart’s stable star Alpha Delphini. Trained just 50 miles up the road in the Hambleton Hills of North Yorkshire, this gelding made swift progress in the summer of 2016.

Alpha Delphini only raced once as a three-year-old but broke his maiden tag aged four over course and distance 12 months before his Beverley Bullet success. Handicap wins at Thirsk, York and Ascot on King George weekend off marks of 79, 83 and 88 set him up for the first crack at some black type.

Smart reached for first-time cheekpieces and they had the desired effect. Alpha Delphini did not disappoint, landing the Beverley Bullet by a cosy neck off 96. He was raised a further 10lb by the handicapper but still showed spirit despite going another 13 months without winning again.

Alpha Delphini placed in the World Trophy at Newbury when just denied by a short-head, the Temple Stakes at Haydock Park and Palace House Stakes at Newmarket. These were all Group contests.

Four narrow defeats in the 2018 season saw him sent off an unfancied 40/1 with bookmakers for the Nunthorpe during the Ebor Festival at York. Alpha Delphini belied those massive odds, however, to give the racing syndicate who owned him another day in the sun just hanging on to defeat old rival Mabs Cross and claim Group 1 glory.

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