Beverley

  • 15:20 Alan McGuinness And Robin Lunness Memorial Handicap7f 96y

  • Winner £7,470 2nd £2,237 3rd £1,118 4th £559
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in Places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 34.32s
  • Off time: 15:21:55
15:20 Beverley Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Motafaawit (IRE) 4/1
2nd King Of Tonga (IRE) 11/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 123- Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Motafaawit (IRE) 236
Distance Winner
3 9-7 R Hannon Jim Crowley 90 4/15.00
2 (4) 110304- Black, light green star, armlets and star on cap James Watt (IRE) 201
3 9-3 M L W Bell Hayley Turner 86 11/26.50
3 (1) 014396- White, gold braid, green sleeves, green cap with gold tassel Kuwait Station (IRE) 198
3 9-3 D O'Meara D Nolan 86 7/18.00
4 (3) 834-1 Grey, white epaulets, white and grey halved sleeves, maroon cap, white star Nefarious (IRE) 96
Distance Winner
3 9-1 H Candy B A Curtis 84 5/23.50
5 (2) 3123- Emerald Green, Red hoops, quartered cap King Of Tonga (IRE) 223
Beaten Favourite
3 9-0 R A Fahey P Hanagan 83 11/43.75
6 (7) 250046- ORANGE, EMERALD GREEN stars I Am A Dreamer 194
3 8-12 M Johnston J Fanning 81 10/111.00
7 (6) 81332-5 Black, beige diamonds on sleeves Five Helmets (IRE) 24
Course and Distance Winner
3 8-2 I Jardine Jamie Gormley (3) 71 33/134.00

Verdict

Motafaawit opened with a victory at Leicester in June and ended with a very good run in a lucrative conditions' event at Chelmsford in September. He could be smart and is definitely on the shortlist. JAMES WATT began his career with a double before twice running well at Ascot. He ended the campaign with a cracking effort in the Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar and should win races this summer. Nefarious had no problems making a successful handicap debut at Wolverhampton in January but steps up a grade here while King Of Tonga would be suited by further rain as last summer's victory at Redcar came on good to soft ground. None of the remaining trio can be disregarded in a tricky handicap.