Tony Coyle saddles four runners in the Jaimie Kerr Memorial Handicap at Beverley on Monday on what will be an emotional evening for the Malton trainer.
The five-furlong sprint is named in memory of Coyle’s former assistant and partner, Jaimie, who died last year, aged 38.
Coyle’s Long Row Stables team will be represented in the race by Maureb, Flicka’s Boy, Thatcherite and Taffetta. Flicka’s Boy and Thatcherite will be running in the silks of Jaimie Kerr’s father, Brian.
Norton-based Coyle said: “It will be a tough night for me, but it’s nice to remember Jaimie, who was an unbelievable person. Beverley was her favourite track and there’s a busload of 40 going over from Weaverthorpe, where Jaimie was from. It’s lovely that we can remember Jaimie by having a race named in her memory. The race will be named after Jaimie for the next three years and we’ve got four runners in it on Monday to see if we can win it. I’ve also sorted cups for all the winning connections, but I’ll be trying to keep a low profile on the night as it will be difficult for me. She did absolutely everything for our yard and is badly missed every day.”
Beverley chief executive Sally Iggulden best remembers Jaimie Kerr for her love of horses and her dedication to the sport.
She said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate the life of Jaimie at Beverley. She simply adored her horses, and they adored her – she presented them immaculately and her pride was clear for everyone to see.”
Beverley’s seven-race card is due to begin at 5.35pm, with the Jaimie Kerr Memorial Handicap due off at 6.35pm.
Rio Rio Carnival Night on the Westwood forms part of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival – a week-long celebration in which live action is staged at eight of the nine courses in the region.
The going at the track is currently good to firm. A dry evening with sunny spells has been forecast, with temperatures set to reach 23C.