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  • 19:30 Hilary Needler Trophy 5f

  • (Fillies' Conditions Stakes) £21,500 added 2yo 9 ran
  • Winner £13,397 2nd £4,012 3rd £2,006 4th £1,004
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 1.99s
  • Off time: 19:30:57

Dozy dreams of Ascot glory

Royal Ascot on agenda for Beverley heroine

Last Updated: 25/05/11 8:25pm

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Spencer: Partnered Dozy to victory

Spencer: Partnered Dozy to victory

Dozy gave Kevin Ryan another winner of the Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley.

The Thirsk-based trainer was bagging his third win in the last six years in the oft-informative event, which has lost its Listed status but still produced what looked a strong field.

Sent off at 9-2, the Jamie Spencer-ridden filly travelled sweetly and stayed on strongly to be well on top in the last 100 yards, having been switched and asked for an effort two furlongs out.

The winner had a length and a quarter to spare over the front-running favourite Vocational (7-4), who had veered sharply left on leaving the stalls under Frankie Dettori, taking Queens Revenge with her.

Dettori soon had Vocational in front and she lost little in defeat, a comment which also applies to fourth home Queens Revenge, the pair having had to race from the two widest stalls before the mishap on exiting the gates.

Lily's Angel was not disgraced in third, another half-length back, having come from the rear.

Joint-owner David Redvers said of the winner: "Kevin holds this filly in the highest regard, he said she was one of the nicest juveniles in his yard, and we'll now be heading for Royal Ascot.

"We have the options of the two races (Queen Mary and Albany) but Jamie said she has more than enough toe, so the Queen Mary would be favourite.

"She's a big, scopey filly and it's seriously, seriously exciting."

Earlier, Coronation Stakes entrant Elmaam got off the mark in the Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

As befitting a 1-4 shot, it was a fairly bloodless success for the William Haggas-trained three-year-old, especially with potential danger Eljowzah being withdrawn at the start.

Richard Hills woke her up at the two pole and despite being given an easy time, she had plenty in hand on Zennor and was value for plenty more than the official margin of a length and a quarter.

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