The Hilary Needler Conditions Stakes over 5f on soft ground (inspection at noon after 10mm of rain). A small field of six fillies: all raced, three winners - by all account a below average renewal. This contest has valuable win prize money of £16,185. Don't Tell Annie has an opportunity
to shine and should win this race in style. A good-looking daughter of Royal Applause, she is out of a mare similarly owned and trained [the mare won on debut and contested the Princess Margaret Stakes (Group 3)]. This home bred [Dale and Ann Wilsdon & Partner] was fancied to go well on debut at Pontefract when racing over the minimum distance - winning in style. Tim Easterby's juvenile ran an eye-catching race next start at York. She wasn't disgraced to finish 5th in the Marygate Stakes (Listed). That was a strong field and this bay filly wasn't best suited by that quick 5f sprint. She ran on well and would have put down a stern challenge with an extra half furlong. Beverley, with its uphill climb, will be more suiting and the opposition have something to prove against this capable filly. David Allan will sit handy, while a few speedsters lead the way. Don't Tell Annie will finish with purpose and take all the beating.
Artwork by Roger Simpson
ABANDONED: WATERLOGGED IN PLACES