Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Worth Backing Beatrice; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's Worth Backing Beatrice; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

BEATRICE AURORE can benefit from having her sights lowered in the Woodcote Stud EBF Valiant Stakes (3.30) at Ascot.

John Dunlop's filly showed some seriously high class form during her Classic year, winning the Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood before finishing a creditable sixth in the Investec Oaks at Epsom.

Her progress did not stop there as she went on to collect a Group Three prize in France and was beaten just half a length in an Italian Group One on her final appearance at three.

There was absolutely nothing wrong with her comeback third behind Questioning and Twice Over in the Earl Of Sefton Stakes and she has since run two more fine races in defeat in top drawer heats at York and Ascot.

She drops back to Listed level for the first time since that Goodwood victory in May of last year and will surely prove difficult to beat.

The booking of jockey-of-themoment William Buick only enhances confidence.

Montaser should take advantage of a significant weight-for-age allowance in the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes (4.05).

David Simcock's three-year-old was a winner at two and shaped with plenty of promise on his first two starts this season.

He appeared to appreciate a return to a sounder surface when getting back on the scoresheet in a good handicap at Haydock last time and it could be that this step up to two miles brings about further progress.

With just 8st 3lb to carry as he takes on his elders at Ascot, he is very well treated.

The EBF Stobart PJA Testimonial Lyric Fillies' Stakes (7.30) is the highlight of an excellent evening fixture at York.

Barefoot Lady sets the standard having competed admirably in a number of top fillies races over the past two seasons, but a chance is taken on the far less exposed Momentary.

Trained by Michael Bell, the threeyear-old carries the colours of The Queen. …

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