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Nothing to fear for O’Meara’s four-timer bid at Beverley
IT is Ladies’ Day at Beverley tomorrow and Sally Iggulden will be one very happy lady if Fear Nothing can win his fourth race on the spin.
Iggulden, the chief executive of the course, owns the five-year-old in partnership with Beverley chairman Charles Maxsted and the pair have had some celebrating to do lately.
Fear Nothing, trained by David O’Meara, ended a long losing spell at Doncaster last month and has since followed up at Newcastle and most recently on this course.
He has been raised a further 4lb since his latest success, but Fear Nothing is in such great heart that he may well be able to deliver again in the Rawfield And Paragon Data Handicap over five furlongs, despite a less than ideal draw.
Smart apprentice David Bergin, who has established such a good rapport with the sprinter, again takes the mount.
In the first division of the Wold Construction Brian And Ian Memorial Handicap, it would be no surprise to see Kalk Bay follow up his recent Redcar success on behalf of Sheriff Hutton trainer Mick Easterby.
The five-year-old did not win with much to spare two weeks ago and has been raised 6lb, but he still races here off a mark of 77, which is a far cry from the low 90s he was racing off this time last year. There may be more to come from him.
Norton trainer Ollie Pears has good prospects in the second leg with Pass Muster. Beaten a couple of lengths into second place at Leicester last time, the gelding looked as though his winning turn was not far away.
He deserves another opportunity under Freddie Tylicki.
Norton trainer John Quinn has two good chances of winning the Journal Classified Claiming Stakes and Abidhabidubai is marginally preferred to veteran stablemate Violent Velocity. The four-year-old is overdue a win after a series of creditable efforts in defeat and this may prove a good opportunity to shine.
Also worth noting are the promising Al Mukhdam (2.45), trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and a good fourth on his debut, and Nigel Tinkler’s Teetotal (3.15), whose latest fourth placed effort in a Ripon nursery suggests he will be good enough to get off the mark in such a modest looking maiden. He is napped to do so under Silvestre de Sousa.
At Salisbury, Emirates Queen, narrowly denied Listed race glory at York last month, gets another chance in the European Breeders’ Fund Upavon Fillies’ Stakes.
Trained by Luca Cumani and a Doncaster winner two starts back, the well-bred Emirates Queen went down by a neck to Barefoot Lady on Knavesmire last time after looking a likely winner entering the final furlong.
There was no disgrace in that defeat against such a resolute older rival and Emirates Queen has good prospects of going one better with Kieren Fallon again in the saddle.
King Oliver (2.30), second at Newbury on his debut, looks the one to be on in the opening juvenile race, while his trainer Richard Hannon can also strike with Dare To Dream (3.35), a creditable runner-up last time.
George Thisby (5.10) won the apprentice race on this card 12 months ago. An encore is on the cards.
2.15 Abidhabidubai, 2.45 Al Mukhdam, 3.15 Teetotal (NAP), 3.50 Fear Nothing, 4.25 Kalk Bay, 4.55 Saint Thomas, 5.25 Arashi, 6.00 Pass Muster.
2.30 King Oliver, 3.00 Pira Palace, 3.35 Dare To Dream, 4.05 Emirates Queen, 4.40 Monopoli, 5.10 George Thisby.
Tomorrow’s other meetings : Kempton and Southwell.
Today’s meetings : Ayr, Bath, Nottingham, Wolverhampton and Yarmouth.