Pearl shoots to Bullet success
Pearl Secret justified favouritism in landing the always fast and furious Beverley Bullet under a clever front running ride from Jamie Spencer. Spencer, having what will be his final ride in the Beverley showpiece after announcing his retirement plans last week, was keen to get his charge to the head of affairs from the get go and despite having to battle hard in the closing stages, would not be passed as he recorded this Listed success.
Although the son of Compton Place is better when he can get his toe into the ground, as he had shown when a fine second to fellow Qatar Racing owned Hot Streak in the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock back in May, trainer David Barron made the decision to run his charge on today’s quick ground.
It was a decision well made in the end, with Pearl Secret dictating things from the front and just holding on in an exciting finish to beat the fast finishing Mirza by a length. Paul Midgley’s Line Of Reason was just a further head back in third.
Trainer Barron said afterwards: “It was touch and go (whether to run) but I was desperate to get a run into him as he’s not run since Ascot.”
“He was so fresh and well and I’ve never had him in such fine fettle. “He’s in next Saturday (Sprint Cup) but if the forecasts are right, it could be very quick at Haydock.
“There’s a few options, but the one that sticks out like a sort thumb is the Prix de l’Abbaye, as he’s likely to get his ground.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Archive
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