Jockeys of the future saddle up at Beverley

Beverley Races  opening meeting of 2014

Beverley Races opening meeting of 2014

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Beverley racecourse will be broadcast live on national television this Saturday afternoon when Channel Four Racing covers The Betfred Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes.

Also this Saturday,the racecourse will feature pony racing, for children aged 11 and above, before the main race action begins.

“People always seem really interested in the pony racing because these are the riders of the future,” said a racecourse spokesperson.

“The jockeys are often the children of trainers. It’s a good way for them to come through into the sport.”

Early indications suggest that visitor numbers are up this year, despite a meeting in May having to be cancelled due to rain, said the spokesperson.

This Saturday’s meeting is the 17th out of a total of 19 in 2014, and will also feature funfair rides for youngsters in the course enclosure.

The giant screen will help race goers to follow all of the action.

The Betfred Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes is one of the top annual races at Beverley.

It’s a listed race for sprinters over the minimum distance of five furlongs, offering prize money of £40,000.

Last year’s winner, Stepper Point has gone on to distinguish himself in group one races this summer, finishing runner-up to Sole Power in both The King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and the recent Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Previous winners of this race include Borderlescott and Tangerine Trees – who are both former winners of the Yorkshire Horse of the Year award.

Saturday’s opening race, The EBF George Kilburn Memorial Maiden Stakes, is in memory of a former director of Beverley racecourse.

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