Speed is the theme of racing at Beverley this Saturday (September 1), with leading sprinters scorching across the Westwood in the afternoon’s feature race,
The Betfred Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes. Also, to celebrate the renowned Beverley Folk Festival moving to the racecourse in June next year – the 30th anniversary of the Festival - musicians such as Edwina Hayes, David Ward McLean and The Duncan McFarlane Trio will be performing during the meeting.
In addition, the first-ever Beverley Beer Festival supported by the Hull & East Riding branch of CAMRA is part of the day’s activities, featuring a range of local beers.
Racing begins at 2-05 p.m., although young riders are featured in a couple of pony races starting at one o’clock, as part of a national series of pony races throughout the UK, The Charles Owen Series under the auspices of The Pony Racing Authority.
Saturday’s principal race is the ninth renewal of The Betfred Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes, a Listed race for sprinters over the minimum distance of five furlongs, carrying prize money of £32,000. Last year’s winner, Tangerine Trees (trained at Hambleton near Thirsk by Bryan Smart) went on to win one of Europe’s top races for sprinters, the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp near Paris in October. He was voted ‘Yorkshire Horse of The Year’ for 2011.
A previous winner of this award, and a dual Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes winner, Borderlescott, trained near Wetherby by Robin Bastiman, could be in the line-up on Saturday.
Three-year-olds take part in The Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap Stakes, a contest over one mile and a quarter offering prize money of £20,000.
Saturday’s opening race, The Monsieur Bond European Breeders’ Fund Maiden Stakes, a contest for two-year-old fillies is once again sponsored by The Bond Throughbred Corporation in recognition of the former top-class sprinter, Monsieur Bond, who now stands as a stallion at Norton Grove Stud at Malton, along with Misu Bond and Dabbers Ridge. The final race on Saturday is a Handicap contest for apprentice riders.
The giant screen will be in use helping racegoers to follow all of the action.