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Tony Coyle: sends four runners for the Jaimie Kerr Memorial Handicap

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 By David Ashforth 6:00pM 17 JUL 2016 

A LOT of people at Beverley will be hoping that one of four horses wins the sprint handicap (6.35). It doesn’t matter if it’s Maureb, Flicka’s Boy, Thatcherite or Taffetta as long as one of the four that are trained by Tony Coyle wins. Their riders will be giving it their all.

The Jaimie Kerr Memorial Handicap is being run in memory of Coyle’s partner and assistant, who died last October when only 38. Poignantly, on the day she died, Kerr’s own horse Little Pippin won at Nottingham.

I didn’t know Kerr and don’t know Coyle, except from a distance when he was a jumps jockey in Ireland during the mid-1990s and subsequently in Britain. Five years ago Coyle launched himself as a trainer near Malton and has done well, winning 113 races on the Flat and over jumps. Kerr was clearly a big part of that.

Coyle said he hoped to arrange a memorial race to be run at Beverley because that was Kerr’s favourite racecourse. Monday is the day.

It will have meant a lot to Coyle when Lily Rules finished second in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes at York two years ago and, in a different way, victory at Beverley would be special too.

The notorious Beverley draw has not been overly kind (perhaps those drawn 12, 13 and 14 will not have eaten up) but the stable’s regular rider Barry McHugh has opted for Flicka’s Boy, drawn eight of the 14. It looks the right choice. The four-year-old has run well on both appearances over course and distance, winning one of them, is in decent form and on a good looking handicap mark.

Taffetta, drawn ten, is also a course and distance winner with a reasonable chance, ditto Thatcherite, drawn 11, a dual course and distance winner who is now eight and for whom retirement beckoned. If he returned at his best he could be involved.

Maureb, despite winning at Carlisle last month and being drawn favourably, in stall three, seems an unlikely winner. The four-year-old has never run over shorter than a stiff six furlongs and her three wins have all been over seven. She will, however, be suited by the fast ground.

So go on Flicka’s Boy, Taffetta, Thatcherite and Maureb. We’ll all be urging you on. Well, apart from punters who have backed something else, obviously.

Another wish for the day. That one of Linda Perratt’s three runners at Ayr – either Dark Crystal or Drinks For Losers in the 3.05 or Takahiro in the 3.40 – does the decent thing and ends a disappointing spell for the popular Scottish trainer.

Perratt’s runners rarely venture south of the border and while North Yorkshire based Ruth Carr travels south more often only Foxtrot Knight ever appears at Windsor. It’s no surprise that he’s there again (7.50) because his three appearances over course and distance have yielded a win, a third place and, two weeks ago, a narrowly beaten second.

It’s a competitive race but Foxtrot Knight is likely to be the proverbial thereabouts.

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