Queen's Gift to go like a bullet
Turnbulls' mare will have cheek to complete her hat-trick at Beverley
I head to Beverley on Saturday where the William Hill Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes takes centre stage and my best chance of the day looks to be the hat-trick-seeking QUEENS GIFT (3.15, Beverley) in that Listed contest.
She wore cheekpieces for the first time last time out which is not because she is ungenuine but, when she hits the front, she thinks she has done enough, so they help her.
She will need a career best but is progressive and it would be great to get her some black type plus ride another winner for Geoff and Sandra Turnbull who have been great supporters of mine over the years.
My first ride of the day is MY DANDY DOC (2.40, Beverley) in the Irish EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes.
She ran a nice race last time out when she finished fourth at Redcar and a step up in trip should suit. Hopefully she can step forward again and be in the mix.
I have won on DESERT ACE (3.50, Beverley) - who runs in the Constant Security Handicap - before and he is a grand old horse who loves Beverley.
Paul Midgley's horses are in good form and I would be expecting a big run from this eight-year-old who I think is well handicapped.
Philip Makin has been doing well since he joined the training ranks and I ride ARMED (4.25, Beverley) for him in the Educare Of Beverley Handicap.
We are still learning about this horse as he has not got many miles on the clock and we are trying to find out what his best trip is.
He showed plenty of promise during his early career, so hopefully there is more to come from him.
It was horrible to see Silvestre de Sousa take a nasty fall at Chelmsford last week which left him with a broken collarbone among other injuries and I wish him a speedy recovery.
He is a tough man and hopefully he will be back sooner rather than later.
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