Ornate bids to claim a significant double on Tuesday at Beverley Races. He lines up in the £14,000 Tecknodev British EBF Conditions Stakes at Beverley.
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. Now Ornate is ready for his next big test in the valuable five-furlong sprint at Beverley.
Ornate Win At Epson Perfect Preparation For 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 Tecknodev British EBF Conditions Stakes for the last two seasons. Winning 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.
The forecast for Beverley on Tuesday evening is for warm, dry weather and a high of 20C.