Course maestro Judicial could try to claim one of the biggest victories of his career in the £60,000 William Hill Beverley Bullet on Saturday.
The six-year-old sprinter is unbeaten in two starts at the popular East Yorkshire circuit and, significantly, holds the five-furlong course record at the track. Malton trainer Julie Camacho gave Judicial the chance to shine in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York last Friday, but he failed to fire and finished 13th behind Alpha Delphini, who won the Beverley Bullet in 2016. But the gelded son of Iffraaj is reported in fine fettle following those exertions, and is now likely to make a swift turnaround in the much-coveted Listed race at Beverley.
Dan Downie, racing manager for owners Elite Racing, said: "We'll see how he is for the rest of the week, but we are likely to look very closely at the Beverley Bullet. He didn't have much of a race on Friday. He was quiet, for whatever reason, and Luke (Morris, jockey) said on the way down that he didn't pull his arms out, like he tends to do. It was disappointing, but that wasn't his running. He also missed the break at York, and that didn't help, either. He seemed fine afterwards, though, and the Bullet looks a very good race for him.
"The ground is going to go at some point so we haven't got many bullets left to fire, pardon the pun, and we are seriously looking at sending him to Beverley. He's two from two at the track, the prize-money is very good, and he also holds the Beverley course record over five furlongs."
Judicial is one of 21 possible runners in the William Hill Beverley Bullet, with last year's hero, the David Griffiths-trained Take Cover, also in contention for the big race. Elnadim Star (Kevin Ryan), Kimberella (Richard Fahey) and El Astronaute (John Quinn) have also been confirmed on a strong list of star speedsters.
Beverley chief executive Sally Iggulden said: “The William Hill Beverley Bullet has once again captured the imagination, and we are thrilled with the cast of possible runners on Saturday. We were also delighted to see the locally-owned Alpha Delphini, the 2016 Bullet winner, claim Group One glory in the Nunthorpe at York on Friday. We’ve made no secret that we are continually striving for the Beverley Bullet to become a Group race and hopes are high that it will be another sprint to savour.”