Newcastle’s biggest meeting of the year if the 3 day Northumberland Plate meeting and it attracts huge crowds who enjoy some of the best racing on the AW. With good prize money on offer all the races get big fields and are usually fiercely competitive. Dandy’s Beano headed North on the Friday evening to contest the 5f Wingate Signs Supporting #SuperJosh Charity Fillies Handicap and turned the race into a procession, taking the win by an impressive 3 1/4 lengths.
The 4 year old, by Dandy Man, has seen her handicap mark reach a high of 78 so when she returned this year with two ok runs, the drop to 67 saw her becoming well handicapped. Having shown a tendency to race a little keenly, resulting in her unable to sustain her challenge, a slight equipment adjustment was brought in to help. Fitted with a hood for the first time, Beano utilised her mark to make all at Thirsk and score her second career win.
Obviously the hood would stay as it had the perfect result with Beano as she really relaxed through the race. Unfortunately quick ground scuppered her next time out before a good effort when tackling 6f on her penultimate start. Having settled well since the fitting of the hood things were looking up going forward and connections decided that 5f was the perfect trip when there was a little bit of give in the ground. With the sun beating down recently there was little chance of finding any ground without the word “firm” in it but fortunately there was a nice option just around the corner.
Tapeta is a surface that reacts the complete opposite to sunshine. As the sun bakes it the track begins to ride slower so it was clear that this would suit Dandy’s Beano perfectly. She would be lining up against 8 rivals and Kevin Stott was booked once again for the ride as the partnership looked to gain their second win of the season.
Her new relaxed style of racing hasn’t taken away any of her natural speed and she showed that when bouncing out of the stalls, straight into the lead. Immediately up to speed, Beano set good fractions in front as Kevin aimed for the centre of the track. Those behind filtered in and the field raced narrowly behind the leader. quickly through the first couple of furlongs, Beano was ensuring that it was going to be a true test.
It wasn’t long before they moved through the first half of the race as Beano continued to freewheel on the front end. The big fancies in the race were directly in her slipstream so would be in line to challenge first when the time came. Although showing good speed, Beano was settled into a lovely rhythm and held a length lead as they headed into the second half of the race. The strong pace took it’s toll early on those further back in the field as they came under pressure a long way from home.
Flashing past the 2f marker and it became clear that very little was getting into the contest. The front 3 edged clear and it was now that Kevin wanted to put his advantage to use. Winding his filly up he tried to kick clear. This move prompted the favourite, Mercenary Rose, to do likewise. With 1 1/2f to go the pair suddenly kicked clear as the rest were left in their wake. Dandy’s Beano still held her 1 length lead and quickened up nice to hold the favourite at bay.
Moving into the final furlong the race was set for a 2 horse finish. Mercenary Rose laid down her challenge but Beano was to prove far too strong. Now Kevin got serious and he had a very willing partner. The lead stretched and Beano was maintaining her speed, really hitting top gear to forge away from the favourite. The race was put to bed and now the filly just had the task of seeing how far she put between herself and the fav. The field were well spread out and Dandy’s Beano was Turing the race into a procession. Crossing the line she had quickened to an impressive 3 1/4 lengths win.
Having finished second in this race 12 months ago, Dandy’s Beano went one better with an impressive display. She is really thriving at present and this performance showed that there could be more to come from the 4 yr old. Fitting a hood has allowed her to race in the right manner and we are now beginning to see a mature way of racing. She does seem to enjoy a little ease on the ground so the AW may be the best option until the weather breaks once again. Connections may opt to run under a penalty as this performance will surely prompt a fair rise in the weights. That said, she wasn’t stopping and could well be improving all the time.