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Cardsharp holds all the aces

Cardsharp winning one of the feature races at Beverley on Saturday – the Brian Yeardley Continental Two-Year-Old Trophy

Cardsharp booked his place at Royal Ascot with a terrific performance in the Brian Yeardley Continental Two-Year-Old Trophy at Beverley on Saturday (June 10). Trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Joe Fanning, the 6-4 favourite made most of the running to claim the £25,000 conditions stakes by two and a quarter lengths from stablemate Rufus King.

In the other feature race of the day, the Hilary Needler Trophy, Chica La Habana, trained in Newmarket by Robert Cowell and owned by the Cool Silk Partnership, took the honours. At odds of 6-1, she arrived at Beverley unraced yet belied her inexperience to take the prestigious five-furlong dash by three-quarters of a length from Maggies Angel.

The Cool Silk Partnership consists of Scunthorpe United chairman Peter Swann and his mother-in-law Barbara Wilkinson. And Chica La Habana could also be under consideration for Royal Ascot, with the Queen Mary Stakes a natural next port of call for any Hilary Needler winner.