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Saturday 20 September 2014

Time to do some Trade at Beverley

The Trader can show he is no back number in the sprinting department by registering his first victory of the season at Beverley tomorrow.

The nine-year-old is by far is the elder statesman of the party but he has hinted in his last two starts that he was ready to add to his 11 career victories.

Both came at Deauville last month where he was only beaten a head in a Listed contest over the minimum trip and a close fifth in a Group Three over six furlongs.

This stiff five furlongs of the Violet And Eddie Smith Memorial Conditions Stakes ought to suit Michael Blanshard's pride and joy.

And his jockey Neil Callan, who has not ridden him in public before, should be able to get a good position from stall five in the nine-strong field.

Prime Performer can live up to her name by following up his debut success over this five furlongs in the Nuffield Hospitals 50th Anniversary Celebration Novice Stakes.

The Acclamation filly managed to win over the course and distance despite being slowly away and being hampered. She came home a length and a half clear of the favourite, Irving Place.

Her trainer Bryan Smart has a talented team of juveniles including Captain Gerrard, Unilateral and Maze and Prime Performer looks another.

Flight To Quality can make it third time lucky in the EBF Beverley Annual Badgeholders Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

The Mark Johnston-trained youngster only went down by half a length to Sheekey at Musselburgh three weeks ago and that horse has since finished a respectable third to Cobo Bay in a competitive Ayr nursery.

Richard Hannon usually does will with his two-year-olds at Brighton where Elna Bright can defy top weight in the H.B.L.B. Nursery.

After opening his account at the seaside track in June, he went on to lift a Newmarket nursery but has been beaten in two similar races there since then. He does, though, deserve another chance and is taking a slight drop in class.

Support Fund is a course and distance winner worth supporting in the Weatherbys Printing Handicap.

Eve Johnson Houghton's three-year-old struck here in July and was only beaten a neck by Dematraf in a 16-runner affair at Chepstow on her latest outing.

Samsons Son, out of luck in two decent races at Goodwood, can demonstrate his strength at Folkestone.

John Best's three-year-old was only beaten just over four lengths in both contests.

He was in in tip-top form in midsummer scoring at Yarmouth and Newmarket and his trainer looks to have found a suitable opportunity for him to regain winning ways.

Yandina can strike for Lambourn trainer Barry Hills in the Weatherbys Insurance Handicap.

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