Pacific Pride takes Beverley win

There was a thrilling finish to the Subscribe Online At Handicap at Beverley as Pacific Pride pipped last year's winner Baybshambles by a nose today.

There was a thrilling finish to the Subscribe Online At Handicap at Beverley as Pacific Pride pipped last year's winner Baybshambles by a nose today.

The pair were sent off 5-1 joint-favourites and punters could not have got it more right as they had it between themselves inside the final furlong.

Pacific Pride set out to make all under 7lb claimer Jamie Kyne and despite a huge effort from the Kelly Harrison-ridden runner-up, Baybshambles never quite got his head in front.

Pacific Pride finished second in the Coventry Stakes as a juvenile when Royal Ascot was run at York, but was winning off a career-low mark of 73 here.

"He has not been drawn well on his last two starts, but he was this time and things have worked out," said trainer John Quinn.

"He's not as good as he was, but he's still talented and can prove he can still win a race.

"We'll probably keep him going in five-furlong sprints now, but this was nice because the owners are local."

Kyne was seen to great effect again later on the card when driving home the Quinn-trained Classic Contours (13-8 favourite) in the Richard Horne Testimonial Day Handicap to seal his double.

"He's a good, tough horse - he's won on soft and on top of the ground," said Quinn

"If I was asked to school him (over hurdles), I would be pleased to do so."

Another to make all was Barry Murtagh's 14-1 chance Billy Dane in the feature Richard Horne Testimonial Handicap.

A winner when employing the same tactics at Haydock recently, he defied a 3lb higher mark in fine style under Philip Makin.

Handsome Falcon, runner-up at the last Beverley meeting, gave chase but was a length and a half down at the line to make Murtagh's first trip to the Westwood a winning one.

"This horse is in very good form," said Murtagh.

"He's a very happy horse at the moment and might go to Haydock next week."

Paul Cole's horses are also rare visitors to the East Yorkshire track and first-time blinkers enabled Mons Calpe (3-1) to break his duck in the Best UK Racecourses on TurfTV Handicap.

Cole's string have been slow to hit form but Joe Fanning was very positive on the Rock Of Gibraltar gelding and they held on to beat High Office by a length with a massive 11-length gap back to the third.

Ollie Pears' Petsas Pleasure was sent off favourite but unfortunately pulled up lame.

However, that is nearly the first disappointment Pears has had at Beverley.

Earlier on the card Noodles Blue Boy justified 15-8 favouritism to give the trainer his sixth winner from just eight runners in the TurfTV Selling Stakes.

"I'm a bit cautious with what I run here but we've got a great record at Beverley," said Pears.

"He won well here on his debut but lost the plot after that.

"To be honest, this is probably as good as he is - a selling plater.

"I would have been scratching my head if he had not have won as they were a bad bunch."

Dr Jameson was made to fight hard to justify skimpy odds in the Jockeys Loft For Great Food Maiden Stakes.

Richard Fahey's 4-11 favourite, who finished third behind two decent sorts at Beverley on his seasonal debut, had to pull out all the stops for Paul Hanagan as Steel Trade went down by only a neck.

Robin O'Ryan, assistant to Fahey, said: "He was entitled to win this - but did it despite greenness and the ground, which was probably too lively.

"We'll take things step by step, but he will probably go further (in trip) than less in the future."

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