Fandango Star Attraction at Beverley

Clem Fandango will evoke fond memories of one of the greatest Hilary Needler Trophy winners of all time when she runs at Beverley on Saturday.

The two-year-old daughter of Elzaam is trained in Carluke, South Lanarkshire, by Keith Dalgleish, who in 2003 steered the great Attraction to a facile success in the esteemed five-furlong dash on the Westwood.

Beverley provided the springboard for an astounding career that saw her win five Group Ones, including the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Irish equivalent at the Curragh.
Dalgleish said: "Attraction was a great horse and she won very easily at Beverley - it was obviously a day to remember."

The jockey-turned-trainer now attempts to return to Beverley winner's enclosure with Clem Fandango, who is one of 19 possible runners in the £25,000 Hilary Needler Trophy. Owned by Middleham Park Racing, she shaped promisingly when second on her debut over course and distance in April.Clem Fandango was then sent to Catterick for a five-furlong maiden on May 3 and excelled with a four-and-a-half-length victory under Phillip Makin.

Dalgleish said: "She's a very nice horse and will run at Beverley on Saturday, with Phil riding again. The ground will be fine for her, I think, and she ran very well there on her debut behind a good horse (Seafront). We've been very happy with her since Catterick and this is her preferred track, so we'll give it a go. She'd obviously have to run well at the weekend, but Royal Ascot would be considered if she did so."

Twin feature on 'A Very British Raceday' at the attractive East Yorkshire circuit is the £25,000 Brian Yeardley Continental Two-Year-Old Trophy, won 12 months ago by French Derby runner-up First Selection.

Beverley's seven-race card is due to start at 1.50pm, with the ground currently good to firm.
The week-long forecast is for largely dry weather from Thursday onwards, with the turf watered accordingly to preserve conditions.