Guest targets Bullet redemption with Mirza

Mirza will attempt to go one place better than three years ago when he shoots for glory in the totescoop6 Beverley Bullet on Saturday.

The Rae Guest-trained 10-year-old succumbed by a neck to Pearl Secret in the big Listed sprint at Beverley in 2014 and is back for another go in the hands of Joe Fanning. Mirza has won 11 of his 60 career starts in a decorated career and this season chased home the high-class Battaash in the Coral Charge at Sandown in July.

The gelded son of Oasis Dream was then slightly disappointing at the Shergar Cup meeting at Ascot, but Guest is convinced he will be a different proposition in the £50,000 Beverley Bullet.

The Newmarket handler said: "He's had a fantastic career, winning two Group Threes and three Listed races, and I've been very proud to have trained him. He's still a very capable horse and he showed at Sandown that he can still perform at a good level. He did everything right in that Group Three, but he just bumped into a really good horse.

"At Ascot the ground wasn't right for him, but we were desperate to get a run into him as he'd otherwise have been a fresh horse with nowhere to go. We needed to keep him ticking over, so that should have him right for Beverley, especially as it looks like he'll get his ground. It's a strong race, as you'd expect, but he wasn't beaten far in it a few years ago and he's in great form. Everything has to go right with these sprinters, but it looks a good opportunity for him."

Mirza is one of 11 declarations for the totescoop6 Beverley Bullet, the feature race of the season at the well-attended East Yorkshire circuit. Last season's winner Alpha Delphini will run for the Bryan Smart team, while fellow North Yorkshire trainer Paul Midgley saddles Final Venture, Desert Law and Line Of Reason, who takes the Bullet plunge for a fourth consecutive year.

Popular sprinter Take Cover, trained by David Griffiths, takes his chance, while Richard Fahey is double-handed with ante-post favourite Kimberella and The Wagon Wheel. Progressive five-year-old Judicial (Julie Camacho), Pipers Note (Ruth Carr) and Go On Go On Go On (Clive Cox) completes a strong line-up.


Final Venture (Paul Midgley)
Kimberella (Richard Fahey)
Take Cover (David Griffiths)
Alpha Delphini (Bryan Smart)
Desert Law (Paul Midgley)
Judicial (Julie Camacho)
Line Of Reason (Paul Midgley)
Mirza (Rae Guest)
Pipers Note (Ruth Carr)
Go On Go On Go On (Clive Cox)
The Wagon Wheel (Richard Fahey)