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Runner News

15th May 2023

We have a busy day of action at Beverley on Tuesday with three runners across the card for the Kevin Ryan and David O’Meara teams.

Our first runner of the day is Churchella who represents David O’Meara in the Anne And Dave’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary Maiden Fillies Stakes (1.50). She is one of 11 runners, drawn in stall nine with the experienced Ben Robinson taking the ride.

David reports Churchella to be in good order at home as the team prepare her for her second outing of the season.

On paper, it looks quite an open heat with a few form horses holding obvious chances.

Of these, Rajjindri looks an interesting contender, she is well-related and ran with credit on her two starts last year doing all her best work late on over a sharp seven furlongs on the second of those runs. She could be open to further improvement as she starts her 2023 campaign up in trip.

Of the others, Heavenly Wish is worth a second look for leading connections having gone off well-fancied on her racecourse debut at Newbury. She has clearly been impressing connections at home prior to that run and with that initial experience under her belt, it would be no surprise to see her in the shake-up in this contest while Rowayeh makes obvious appeal and could be the one to beat, if reproducing her Newmarket run here.

Churchella is said to have taken a step forward in terms of her fitness levels for her first outing of the year and David hopes that she can produce a promising effort here.

Next up is newcomer Crack The Kode who makes his debut for Kevin Ryan in the Ire-Incentive It Pays To Buy Irish Novice Stakes (2.25) where he is one of 11 runners, drawn in stall five with Shane Gray on board.

Kode is said to be coming along nicely at home as Kevin looks ahead to his racecourse debut and he that he is ready to take that next step in his education.

This look standard for the grade with a mixture of interesting newcomers and a few with solid form in the bag. Of those with form, Bombay Bazaar shaped nicely when finishing third on his debut at Thirsk, doing his best work late on. He is likely to improve for that initial experience and if taking a step forward here, he could be the one they all have to beat.

Of the newcomers, Politico is by the sire of the moment, Blue Point, and is the first foal out of a Listed mare. This well-bred colt looks to be an interesting contender and is certainly one to note in the betting.

Kevin feels that Kode will certainly come on a good deal for his debut however, he is looking forwards to getting his career underway.

The final runner of the day is Sound Reason who takes his chances in the Annie Oxtoby Memorial Handicap (3.35). He is one of nine runners, drawn in stall four and Kevin’s apprentice Curtis Wilson-Ruddock takes a valuable seven pounds off his back.

Sound is said to be in great nick at home following his two starts so far this season and Kevin feels that he is in good shape now with those first two runs behind him.

This appears pretty standard for the grade with a few rivals holding obvious chances. Of these, The Dunkirk Lads comes into this contest off the back of a course and distance win where he posted a solid effort, running close to his best level. He remains well-treated at present and if repeating that form again tomorrow, he looks sure to be competitive.

Of the others, King Of Tonga looks sure to be in the shake-up too. This son of Dark Angel was ahead of us at Wetherby last time and racing here from a pound lower than his last winning mark, could be a real danger.

Kevin feels that although there does not look to be a great deal of pace on in this race, he hopes that they can go a good gallop on the day and if so, Sound goes there with a solid each-way chance.

We would like to take this chance to wish all three horses and their owners the very best of luck for Tuesday’s races.