Beverley’s penultimate meeting of the season takes place on Wednesday (September 19), when the seven-race programme on the Westwood is scheduled to start at 2-00 p.m.
The feature race is The Sheila Stamford Always Remembered Handicap Stakes, a contest for three-year-olds over one mile and a half, the title of which draws attention to the passing away this year of Sheila Stamford, whose husband Colin, is a long-standing member of the racecourse team, with varied duties including resident decorator and declarations clerk. Sheila also worked at Beverley on racedays.
The afternoon’s final race, The Stars Of The Future Racing Excellence Apprentice Training Series Classified Stakes is a contest over the extended mile – part of a national series for apprentice jockeys designed to assist in the development and education of young riders under the auspices of The British Horseracing Authority. The series concludes at Newmarket on November 2, and Racheal Kneller leads the Series, followed by Jake Payne and Jack Duern.
Going into this meeting, Middleham trainer, Mark Johnston has recorded 15 winners at Beverley this season, to lead the way in the competition to be the course’s top trainer for the fourth consecutive year. Silvestre de Sousa heads the jockeys’ category, with eight winners, as he attempts to be Beverley’s top jockey for the third year in succession.
The giant screen will be in use helping racegoers to follow all of the action on the track.