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Les Eyre planning step up for Dawaaleeb after he delivers at Beverley

Beverley Racecourse (Richard Sellers/PA)

Les Eyre has grand plans in mind for Dawaaleeb after he justified 11-4 favouritism in the feature Westwood Handicap at Beverley.

The former Charlie Hills inmate changed hands for 65,000 guineas at the autumn horses-in-training sales and was winning for the second time in just four outings for new connections.

This was his first victory on the grass, though, and Eyre, who never shirks a challenge, already has his eyes on a big summer target at York.

Joe Fanning never had him far from the pace and the four-year-old was always doing enough to hold David O’Meara’s veteran Alejandro by two and three-quarter lengths.

“He’s just a big, lazy thing – when he gets there, he thinks he’s done it – but he’s getting there now,” said Eyre.

“There’s a big one in him, I’m sure of it. He’d have to win another one, but I’d like to run him in the John Smith’s Cup.”

Paul Midgley supplied the first two home in the Annie Oxtoby Memorial Handicap as Desert Ace beat stablemate Gamesome.

The bookmakers got it wrong as Gamesome was sent off the 11-4 favourite but it was the Paul Mulrennan-ridden Desert Ace who hit the front a furlong out and kept going strongly to win by a length.

“He did well here last month when he probably found one or two too good for him.  The ground didn’t help at Chepstow the time before and I probably backed him up a bit too soon,” said Midgley.

“He was a good horse and hopefully he still will be a good horse as he’s got a good constitution. He held on well and was very resolute, so hopefully he’ll give the owners a lot more fun.

“It’s a bittersweet result, though, as we’ve had the other horse (Gamesome) a long time now and we’ve still not won with him.”

Owner Keith Brown’s silks are a regular sight on the Westwood and they were carried to victory by Moonlit Sands (7-2) in the Very British Raceday Saturday 9 June Selling Stakes

“She’s a good filly and we’ve always liked her, but this was the first time since last summer that she’s had fast ground and that is so important to her,” said Brown of the Brian Ellison-trained winner.

Ellison and jockey Ben Robinson had earlier been on the mark in the second division of the novice stakes with 25-1 winner Pearl Of Qatar.

The first division went to Mark Johnston’s 4-7 favourite Deep Intrigue in a much quicker time for Danny Tudhope, who later doubled up on Michael Bell’s 4-1 favourite Neverbeen To Paris in the Hull FC Family Raceday On 30 May Handicap.

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