Ginger Jam attempts to claim a fantastic Beverley hat-trick when he runs in the Jaimie Kerr Memorial Handicap (7.00) on Monday evening.
The four-year-old gelding, trained by red-hot North Yorkshire trainer Nigel Tinkler, has won on his last two visits to the East Yorkshire circuit. He now goes for a third consecutive course success in a competitive five-furlong dash which has attracted 12 runners.
Tinkler said: “He’s very well in himself and is eating a lot better these days, which is always a good sign. He’s got bags of confidence at the moment and whenever a horse has lots of confidence anything can happen.It would be lovely to get three straight wins at Beverley with him, but I can’t help but feel this is quite a tall order for him. On his last two wins the horses in front grew tired and that’s why he was able to come off the pace and look so visually impressive. I can’t see that happening on Monday as there’s a lot of pace in the field and this is a different league. He’s at his best on fast ground, though, and clearly loves it at Beverley so you could never rule him out.”
The Malton-based handler has been in inspired form at Beverley this year, having already claimed seven victories. And Tinkler also has another live chance of adding to his gains on Monday evening when he sends Allux Boy into battle in the George Kilburn Memorial Handicap. The five-year-old son of Iffraaj has held his form well all year, most significantly at Wolverhampton on July 15. Allux Boy won an eight-and-a-half-furlong handicap by six lengths and will carry a 5lb penalty for that facile all-weather triumph.
Tinkler said: “It looks like he’s going to go up 10lb for that Wolverhampton win, so he’s theoretically well treated at the weights. That’s one of the main reasons we are running him, but he’s another horse who is on very good terms with himself right now. He’s stepping up to just short of a mile and quarter which might be stretching his stamina a bit. Ideally, I’d love the race to be a furlong shorter, but it looks like he’s still improving. And when horses are in such good form, you’ve got to strike while the iron’s hot.”
Beverley’s seven-race evening card begins at 5.55pm and is part of the Sky Bet-sponsored Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival. The festival is a week-long celebration of Flat racing and sees action at eight of the nine courses across the county.
The Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival not only highlights the fabulous racing in Yorkshire, but also supports Racing Welfare. Beverley’s going is currently good, good to firm in places, while the forecast for Monday evening is for glorious sunshine and a high of 26C.