Delight for Beasley in St Wilfrid
Nameitwhatyoulike gave 'miracle jockey' Connor Beasley a significant victory with a clean-cut success in the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes at Ripon.
Connor Beasley: Rode Nameitwhatyoulike to victory at Ripon
Just over 13 months ago, Beasley fractured his skull and spine, suffered bleeding on his brain, lost half of an ear and all of his teeth after a frightful fall at Wolverhampton.
He rides with six metal plates in his skull, which are likely to remain in place for the rest of his life.
But after having spent three months in a custom-fitted body brace, Beasley defied medical logic by returning to the saddle in March.
He has since enjoyed a nice run of form, but took his game to the next level at Ripon when he guided Nameitwhatyoulike to an accomplished success.
The field split into two groups early on, but the main action was towards the stands side, with the Bryan Smart-trained winner always in a prominent pitch.
Intisaab, by contrast, did not have a clean run through, but he found plenty of gears close home once the gaps appeared.
But Shelly Birkett's partner was forced to play a secondary role to Nameitwhatyoulike (16/1), who was a neck to the good at the line.
Baccarat and Pipers Note finished third and fourth respectively in the £70,000 handicap over six furlongs.
Beasley said: "Mr Smart's horses are flying and I must thank him and the owners for putting me up.
"He showed loads of boot from the stalls and the plan was to nick a length or two two furlongs out and try and cling on and it worked.
"I've been through a lot in the last year and I must thank all the owners and trainers who have supported me."
Smart said: "I'm delighted, he was so unlucky in the consolation race last year in a fast time off top weight.
"This year he had a lovely weight but we thought the ground was too fast.
"His owner, Simon Chappell, is from Ripon and has always wanted to win this race so it's brilliant.
"We'll look towards Ayr, I'd have thought, but he didn't run well there last year – although he had had a long season, while he was fresh this time."