Proud Archi has a decent record here at Beverley, having posted four of his six career wins at the East Yorkshire course. He could only manage a sixth-place finish on reappearance at Wetherby earlier in the month however was less than three lengths behind the winner Tamaska and given that rival followed up with victory at Yarmouth next time out, and the runner up was only a neck away from victory when last seen, there is enough form there to suggest Proud Archi is still more than capable at this level. He has won off much higher marks earlier in his career and should strip fitter for that Wetherby run so looks capable of taking advantage today.
Saisons D’Or is more than capable on his day and would have to be considered in with a chance off his current mark, although has raced at the course on three prior occasions without success and also needs to put a recent lacklustre performance at Doncaster behind him.
A final mention must go to top-weight Headingly who switches back to turf for the first time since joining David O’Meara late last year. He’s never been the most consistent and has done all his winning over trips further than he encounters today, however has won off higher marks and has also been racing in higher class races so warrants respect.
PROUD ARCHI (WIN)
High Security finished second over track and trip a week ago and was awarded the race after the winner hung right and carried Nigel Tinklers’ runner across the track on the run to the line. The form has already been franked with the disqualified runner winning at Catterick a few days later so he needs to be considered, however I feel that this race will revolve around the Paul Midgley trained duo of Van Gerwen and Harrogate. The former is a two-time course and distance winner who was an encouraging third last time out and has now dropped back to his last winning mark, while the latter also has solid course form and arrives here 3lbs below his last winning mark. Of the two, it could be significant that Harrogate is fitted with cheekpieces for the first time since joining the stable and in the hope that helps to focus his attention he gets the nod for our selection.
HARROGATE (E/W) written by Dean Kilbryde