Trainer Pam Sly hopes '˜quicker and stronger' Spinart can prevail at Beverley

PAM Sly has fond memories of Beverley Racecourse '“ her last winner at the track was Speciosa, who prevailed in August 2005 before landing the following year's 1000 Guineas.

Connor Murtagh rides Spinart at Beverley looking to improve on Catterick effort.

While the Peterborough-based trainer has not had any subsequent success at the Westwood, she hopes to set the record straight with Spinart in today’s seven-and-a-half furlong Give Racing A Try Handicap.

The five-year-old chestnut was last seen finishing second in an apprentices’ handicap at Catterick in April – his first try over seven furlongs – and Yorkshire-based Connor Murtagh keeps the ride.

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Sly said: “He’s still a maiden, sadly, but he’s just been a bit naughty rather than anything else. He’s been a rather weak horse, but he looked quicker and a bit stronger when we dropped him back in trip at Catterick.

“Connor gave him a great ride at Catterick – he wasn’t too hard on him – and it’s good that he’s riding him again at Beverley.

“A few showers wouldn’t hurt his cause as he’s a horse that likes a bit of cut in the ground, but he’s in fine form and hopefully he’ll go well.

“It’s been a long time since we had a Beverley winner, but it’s a lovely course and I also have great affection for the place after what Speciosa did there.”

David Griffiths is hoping Duke Of Firenze can bounce back after a disappointing run at York when he lines up for the Investec Corporate Banking Dash at Epsom on Saturday.

The Bawtry trainer reports the nine-year-old sprinter to have returned from Knavesmire in good form and he is looking for a better performance from his stable stalwart.