A right royal occasion

Beverley Racecourse
Beverley Racecourse

Sir Michael Stoute will attempt to maintain his blistering start to the season by sending two runners to Beverley tomorrow afternoon.

The Newmarket handler has his string in especially good form for this time of the year and launches a dual-assault on the seven-race card on the Westwood.

Arab Poet is one of five declared runners for the £11,500 Queen’s Own Yeomanry Handicap (2.50) over seven-and-a-half furlongs, while stablemate Shabbah takes the plunge in the mile-and-a-quarter Tour De Yorkshire Starts Here Next Friday Handicap (3.50).

The former, a son of Poet’s Voice, will be making his handicap debut after having broken his maiden at the fourth attempt with a two-and-a-quarter-length success at Lingfield in October.

Shabaah, a three-year-old Sea The Stars colt takes a big step up in distance after a winless juvenile campaign in 2015.

Ryan Moore rides the two Stoute horses and also gets the leg-up on the James Tate-trained Seafront in the five-furlong Beverley Minster Fillies’ Novice Auction Stakes (1.50).

Bruce Raymond, racing manager for owners Saeed Suhail and Saeed Manana, said of the young daughter of Foxwedge: “She was a bit dozy in the paddock last week, but she came out of that race with plenty of credit.

“We think she could be all right.”

Racing at Beverley - the only domestic flat card of the day - is due to begin at 1.50pm on an afternoon in which the popular Westwood circuit celebrates the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

To honour the occasion, Hull Det. A (Yorkshire) Squadron of the Queen’s Own Yeomanry will be visiting the course for a reinstating of the Yeomanry race which was held many years ago.

The going at Beverley on Tuesday morning was officially described as soft, though a prolonged drying spell has been forecast in the build-up to the second meeting of the season at the award-winning East Yorkshire course.