Fairy Falcon will attempt to uphold family honour when she runs in the William Hill Beverley Bullet on Saturday.
The four-year-old filly is a half-sister to Tangerine Trees and Alpha Delphini, who won Beverley’s big sprint in 2011 and 2016 respectively. Like her high-class siblings, Fairy Falcon is trained in North Yorkshire by Bryan Smart, who is chasing his fourth victory in the £65,000 Listed heat – with Hellvelyn (2007) his other winner.
And, in pleasing symmetry, the daughter of Sepoy was bred near Beverley by Marie Matthews, who was also responsible for Tangerine Trees and Alpha Delphini. Fairy Falcon runs for prominent owners Clipper Logistics, whose executive chairman, Steve Parkin, is expecting a big run from her at Beverley.
He said: “Because of her family, the Beverley Bullet has been a long-term plan ever since we bought her. She’s a big, strapping filly and is a lovely horse.”
Fairy Falcon in the least-exposed horse in the 10-runner field, having raced just seven times in her career. She has not yet won this season, but Smart thought her good enough to compete in the Group Three Summer Stakes at York on her penultimate start.
Parkin said: “We’ve been very happy with her since her last run at Nottingham and I know Bryan likes her a lot. This has been the target all along so hopefully she can put her best foot forward. She won’t be bothered by any cut in the ground and she ran pretty well at Beverley earlier in the season so she should enjoy running at the track. She’s in great form and I think she’ll run a lot better than her odds might suggest.”
Fairy Falcon is a 16-1 chance with sponsors William Hill about claiming glory in Beverley’s biggest race of the season, won for the last two years by Take Cover. Tis Marvellous, trained in Lambourn by Clive Cox, is William Hill’s 11-4 favourite, having won so well at Ascot last month.
Beverley’s richest ever raceday also features the £52,000 William Hill Silver Cup (2.15), for which Desert Icon, trained by William Haggas, is the sponsors’ 7-2 market leader. The going at Beverley was on Friday morning described as good to soft, with a dry day and a high of 19C forecast on raceday.