Beverley preview: Pipers Note to call the tune
Pipers Note has a terrific record at Beverley, and looks decent value to further enhance it with victory in the 5f conditions’ contest on today’s eight-race card at the Yorkshire venue (15.00).
The Richard Whittaker trained gelding is unbeaten in three runs over course and distance, with the last of those successes coming in a minor contest back in June.
Pipers Note went on to finish a fine 1 3/4 length fifth of 12 to Out Do in a Listed contest at York, where he finished just one place and a length behind Line Of Reason who is the red-hot jolly for this.
The son of Picollo got outpaced before keeping on well to be nearest at the finish, and although he meets Line Of Reason on the same terms his record at this venue may well enable him turn the tables.
Pipers Note has also since run well in two hot handicaps at York and Doncaster, and goes particularly well for jockey George Challenor.
Partnering the five-year-old two five of his seven career successes, Challenor also has underfoot conditions fine, so Pipers Note looks sure to make a bold bid to maintain his unbeaten record at the track.
In the 1m handicap (16.30), On A Par looks weighted to take all the beating now fitted with the cheepieces for the first time.
The Tim Easterby trained gelding showed little in maidens, but like many from the yard showed improved on his handicap debut when keeping on to finish an eye-catching fourth to Pumaflor in a class 5 contest over 1m at Pontefract off an opening mark of 64.
This three-year-old backed that up with a similar effort when third at Carlisle off 62, and also then ran well at Musselburgh when a staying on 1 3/4 length third off the same rating.
On A Par then put in two below par efforts, but bounced back to finish a two length fourth of nine to Gone With The Wind at Beverley seven days ago in a race which wasn’t run to suit.
The son of Major Cadeaux gets into this off an unchanged mark of 60, and that makes On A Par look nicely treated on the pick of his form – if the fitting of the new headgear has the desired effect.
Today’s bigger field should also ensure that On A Par gets the strong gallop he needs to be seen to best effect and, with David Allan in the saddle, everything points to a big run.
14.00: Rio’s Cliffs
15.00: Pipers Note (NAP)
16.00: Relight My Fire
16.30: On A Par (NB)
17.30: Christmas Light