Beverly Bullet Stakes

Spotlight on The 2017 Beverley Bullet Stakes

Steve Mullington
2017-08-30
Saturday's feature race at Beverley could be breathtaking

The feature race on Saturday is The Beverley Bullet Stakes. A fast and furious dash up a five furlong course notorious for its stiff uphill finish, some of the classiest sprinters around will be heading to Beverley to battle it out in the thrilling highlight on the racecourse’s richest raceday.

Eleven runners line up for the £28,355 first prize and here is a runner-by-runner guide to all their chances.

 

Final Venture

Paul Midgley’s runner has faced some tough races of late including running in last week's Nunthorpe at York, where he was seventh behind Marsha, so this is one almighty drop in class. Prior to that run he was behind Take Cover in a Listed race at the same track.

Last season he was fourth to Alpha Delphini in this race last year, despite a wide draw hampering his chances somewhat. Things look a little more favourable this year for Midgley’s front runner.

 

Kimberella

A seven-year-old Chester regular who appears to do most of his winning at that quirky course.

He ran fairly well in a Curragh Group Three last time and was a fast-finishing third at Musselburgh when last tried over this trip. Most of his best form has come over six furlongs which is a concern for a horse on its Beverley debut running over the minimum trip.

 

Take Cover

David Griffiths' stable veteran may have been around the block a bit but he proved he can still mix it with the younger sprinters when landing the City Walls Stakes at York in July.

His fifth in the King’s Stand Stakes behind Lady Aurelia at Royal Ascot is form that puts him bang in contention here and he has to be a leading player.

 

Alpha Delphini

Bryan Smart's six-year-old is bidding for back-to-back victories in the five-furlong Listed event on the Westwood.

A third place in the Temple Stakes at Haydock in May was followed by a respectable run in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He has been slightly disappointing since and his draw this year is a big worry.

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Desert Law

Paul Midgley’s horses are flying at the moment and he is triple handed in this feature race. Paul Mulrennan had the pick of them all and he opted for this improver.

Desert Law has won his last two starts at York and Doncaster and is well drawn in stall six. Mulrennan believes he should run a very big race and the track will suit his mount.

 

Judicial

The Julie Camacho-trained five-year-old has won three times this year, including over this course and distance in June. He is seeking a first Listed success after finishing second and fourth at that level already this season.

Camacho’s gelding has made his way up through handicaps to pattern race company, having reached the winners enclosure nine times from just 21 starts.

He should give the Elite Racing Club members another great day out.

 

Line Of Reason

Line Of Reason is in the frame to run in a fourth consecutive Beverley Bullet and completes the triumvirate of Paul Midgley runners in the race.

In 2015 Line Of Reason went off the 100/30 favourite and looked all over the winner before being nabbed on the line by the fast finishing Maarek.

A 32-day break for the seven-year-old should have freshened him up and he could run a decent race at double figure odds.

 

Mirza

Another veteran performer who retains plenty of ability as his second-place finish to Battaash at Sandown on his penultimate start showed.

The Rae Guest-trained ten-year-old just failed by a neck to Pearl Secret in this Listed sprint in 2014 and will be looking for some kind of redemption.

Mirza has won 11 of his 60 career starts which includes two decent Group Three wins at Longchamp.

Lightly raced this season, the old boy should not be underestimated.

Mirza could shine this weekend

Pipers Note

Ruth Carr’s runner has been a model of consistency this season with his latest placing coming in the Great St. Wilfrid Handicap a fortnight ago where he finished second.

The seven-year-old boasts three course wins at Beverley under his former trainer and has never failed to finish out of the first three at the track.

Pipers Note probably has a little to find on the ratings but is clearly in fine fettle.

 

Go On Go On Go On

A rare runner at Beverley for the Lambourn trainer Clive Cox and the predominantly National Hunt owners, the Rooney’s.

The four-year-old filly was the last of ten back in May at Haydock and she looks to have plenty on her plate to figure here.

 

The Wagon Wheel

Richard Fahey’s three-year-old filly has run six times this season with mixed results.

A neck second at York in June was followed up by a nice win at Chester in July. However her two subsequent runs have been very poor, especially the one at Pontefract last time out.

She would be a shock winner here even if she is from a top northern yard.

 

Conclusion

This race is always a trappy little affair with the draw being quite significant on occasion.

Elite Racing Club members could well be toasting their luck again in Yorkshire as Judicial looks to have every chance of putting in a Marsha-eque performance over the minimum trip on Saturday afternoon.

The experienced pair of Take Cover and Mirza are likely to be prominent racers and should be taken to fill the forecast and tricast spots.