Ornate bids to claim a significant double when he lines up in the £14,000 Teckno Developments British EBF Conditions Stakes at Beverley on Tuesday evening.
Trained in Bawtry, South Yorkshire, by David Griffiths, the six-year-old gelding was sent off a largely unconsidered 33-1 chance for the Investec Dash on Derby Day at Epsom. Yet despite his inflated odds, Ornate blitzed out of stall five and never saw another rival en route to a neck defeat of Dark Shot. The classy sprinter has recovered well from those exertions and is now ready for his next big test in the valuable five-furlong sprint at Beverley.
Griffiths said: “He won well at Epsom and has come out of the race in great order. He wasn’t right all last year. He was wrong in his coat and if you looked a picture of him last season you wouldn’t think it was the same horse. He’s grown and filled out and is a lot stronger horse. I think he’s finally showing his true ability for me. He’s about where he should be at the weights and he should go really go well on Tuesday. Potentially, he’s still a Group horse. I’m really happy with where Ornate is and I’d be quietly confident of a big run.”
Crack sprinter Judicial has won the Teckno Developments British EBF Conditions Stakes for the last two seasons, with 2017 Beverley Bullet runner-up Final Venture the highest-rated horse in this year’s renewal. Lightly-raced filly Fairy Falcon has also been given the chance to shine by North Yorkshire trainer Bryan Smart. She is a half-sister to Beverley heroes Tangerine Trees and Alpha Delphini and was, like her esteemed siblings, bred locally by Marie Matthews.
Gates open for the Great Big Beverley Charity Racenight – the first evening meeting of the season – at 4pm. The first of seven races starts at 6pm, with the official going reported as being good to soft, soft in places.