15:15 at Beverly on 31st Aug
The 2019 Beverley Bullet (Saturday 31 August, 3.15pm) is the highlight of the William Hill Beverley Bullet Raceday at Beverley Racecourse. It is a Listed race run over 5 furlongs and it is open to horses aged three and older. The race was established in 2004 and popular recent winners have included Take Cover and Alpha Delphini.
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Age hasn’t mattered in the Beverley Bullet, with horses as young as three and old as 11 winning in the last decade. Between 2012 and 2017, the six winners were drawn no higher than stall four in field-sizes ranging from seven to 15 horses. However, Take Cover managed to get to the front and win from stall-nine last year.
Only two of the last 10 winners of the Beverley Bullet have carried a penalty to victory, and only two winners had won their previous race. The other eight winners had finished no better than fifth on their previous outing.
Gaps between races have been as short as 8 days and as long as 65 days. Seven of the last 10 winners were returned at single-figure odds, with the others returned at 10/1, 10/1, and 16/1. Brian Smart and D C Griffiths have both trained two winners in the last decade.
Likeable sort who was well behind Battaash on his last two outings in Group races, finishing fifth in the Nunthorpe when last seen. He’s already won a Listed race this season, but he must carry a 3lb penalty for that win. But the main worry is his draw in stall-8, as this front-runner may struggle to adopt his preferred front-running role with other pacey sorts drawn on his inside.
4-year-old who has time to continue climb up the sprinting ladder, especially on the all-weather. But he’s currently likely to come up a few lengths short in this company from the widest draw of all in stall-10.
Group 3 winner in his early career and, after a poor time last season, he made the most of a falling mark to win a handicap. He has continued to run well since, and is officially the second-best horse at the weights, but he’s another with a wider than ideal draw.
He’s two from two over course and distance and he’s also 3lb better off with Copper Knight, despite finishing in front of him at Goodwood earlier in the season. A nice draw in stall 3 suggests he could go close, but he’ll want the sun to dry-up the current good-to-soft going description.
The 2017 and 2018 Beverley Bullet winner Take Cover may have retired but his trainer D C Griffiths looks to have a ready-made replacement in Ornate. This front-runner is also nicely drawn in stall-four, but he and the other pacesetters could set this up for a closer.
Capable sort who has won lots of races and is now rated 102. But he tends to struggle in this sort of company and this course and distance winner may come up short from stall-six.
Group 2 winner who was rated 110 at the start of his 3-year-old career but he failed to cut it at the top level against the likes of Battaash and Blue Point. His connections took advantage of his falling handicap mark by landing a big gamble at Ascot in a £100,000 handicap, for which the handicapper duly raised him 8lb. That means he’s top-rated by 5lb here and he looks ideally placed in stall-two to track what should be a strong pace and pounce late.
Represents Brian Smart who won the Beverley Bullet in 2011 with Tangerine Trees and 2018 with Alpha Delphini. However, he’s rated just 86 and needs first-time blinkers to work the miracle.
Likeable filly who has won nine races including two Listed races at the end of last season. Despite that, she’s not been in as good a form so far this season and fillies don’t have a great record in the Beverley Bullet. She also looks drawn wider than ideal in stall-seven.
Won in June and July last year and had done so again this year. However, those class 4 wins came off marks of just 81 and 87 and she needs to take another big step forward here, even if she is potentially well-drawn in stall-one.
The 2019 Beverley Bullet is an interesting renewal. Dual Listed race winner Intense Romance would have a chance if the money comes but, along with the likes of Danzeno and Copper Knight, she looks drawn higher than ideal.
Judicial could also bounce back to form from a low draw if the ground dries up, whilst Ornate is bidding to give trainer D C Griffiths a hat-trick in the race. However, all those horses love to race up with the pace and they could burn each other into the ground.
If that’s the case, Tis Marvellous looks perfectly positioned in stall-two to sit just behind the pace, just as he did at Ascot before unleashing a telling turn-of-foot.