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RACING: Faster than a speeding Bullet?
Beverley Bullet would be one of the most appropriately-named winners on the Westwood for many years when he goes for gold on Flemingate Ladies’ Day tomorrow (Wednesday, August 16th). The four-year-old gelding is trained in North Yorkshire by Lawrence Mullaney.
Mullaney feels he has Beverley Bullet in super order for the mile-and-a-quarter Flemingate Beverley Handicap (4.40pm) and is aware of the significance of the occasion ahead of the social event of the year in East Yorkshire. The Great Habton-based handler said: “It’s a big day for Beverley Bullet – and also a big day for us.
“Ladies’ Day is the most important afternoon of the season at Beverley, and his owners (Jean Stapleton and Rob Wilson) love having runners there. I do, too, so we’re very much looking forward to it. Beverley Bullet is in great form and we are expecting a big run from him.”
The son of Makfi has been a revelation for Mullaney since his transfer from Les Eyre’s stables in April. He has only once finished out of the frame in seven starts this season and has claimed two victories, at Carlisle in June and at Pontefract on his last outing on July 30.
Beverley Bullet faces seven rivals in the Flemingate Beverley Handicap and will be ridden by Daniel Tudhope, who was on board when the partnership struck by two and a quarter lengths at Carlisle.
Mullaney added: “He’s only four so he’s still improving, to be honest. We’ve got some even loftier plans with him, but he’ll need to win on Wednesday first and that’s all we are concentrating on for now. He’s fit, fresh and raring to go.”
Beverley’s eight-race card begins at 2.10pm, with the official going on Tuesday morning described as good. The forecast for Flemingate Ladies’ Day is for sunny spells and highs of 21C.
Beverley also stages a fine card on Thursday (August 17th) and features the return of the RB Save the Children Camel Derby.