Pears is in Boy-ant mood ahead of Beverley meeting

Ollie Pears is in bullish mood ahead of Noodles Blue Boy's quest for a fourth Beverley triumph.

The four-year-old adores the infamous Westwood incline, and gets another chance to illustrate the point in this afternoon's Coachman Caravans Quality Handicap (3.50).

 "Everything seems right for him." said Malton-based Pears.

"He's in the form of his life and he comes to Beverley full of confidence."

Pears' optimism is utterly understandable ahead of the five-furlong contest, which has attracted a quintet of sharp sprinters.

Having struck in a lowly seller here a year ago – he also broke his maiden at Beverley in 2008, the Makbul gelding has risen markedly through the ranks up to a rating of 82.

Noodles Blue Boy contributed to his ascent with a classy one-length success here in May, and has since maintained a sound level of form.

Placed finishes at Sandown and Newcastle followed, after which he nearly made amends for a tardy start when second at Carlisle behind the re-opposing Atlantic Beach.

"We're 4lb better off than with Atlantic Beach, who beat us last time, but we missed the break that day," Pears added.

"He's got plenty of weight to lump around, but he absolutely loves it at stiff tracks like Sandown and Carlisle, but especially Beverley."

Noodles Blue Boy's fondness for Beverley runs parallel with his upwardly-mobile trainer, who is one of the rising stars on the northern scene.

Before last night, Pears had struck gold in East Yorkshire eight times in 23 starts – yielding an outstanding £54.78 strike-rate from a £1 flat stake.

But it is Noodles Blue Boy who is currently occupying his handler's thoughts.

"He seems to be improving race by race this season," concluded Pears.

"He's got a great chance. When it comes to September he'll probably have gone over the top so we need to make hay while we can."

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