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Beverley Racing Tips: Expect fireworks from Evocative Spark

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Adam Houghton outlines the Timeform view on Thursday's card at Beverley

"Evocative Spark produced a career best when returning from six months off over this course and distance last week, sticking to his task well to be beaten just half a length."

Timeform's Adam Houghton highlights a NAP, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Beverley on Thursday.

NAP: Stick with Evocative Spark

Evocative Spark - 14:30 Beverley

Evocative Spark produced a career best when returning from six months off over this course and distance last week, sticking to his task well to be beaten just half a length. That was also his first start for the George Boughey stable (formerly trained by Hugo Palmer) and it was a run which could arguably be marked up given that he was up with the strong pace throughout. Crucially, Evocative Spark can line up from the same mark here and he looks to hold obvious claims if arriving in the same sort of form.

NEXT BEST: Autumn Festival is one to follow

Autumn Festival - 15:05 Beverley

Autumn Festival has taken his form up a notch since being gelded and making the switch to handicaps. After getting off the mark at Redcar at the beginning of this month, he then ran to a similar level in defeat when filling the runner-up spot at Pontefract last time, briefly going clear a furlong out (hit a low of 1.09 in-running) before being collared in the final 50 yards. The drop back to seven furlongs here won't be an issue and the thriving Autumn Festival remains one to keep on the right side from a BHA mark of 65.

EACH-WAY: Course specialist Casilli in the mix

Casilli - 16:10 Beverley

Casilli was a standing dish at Beverley in 2021, winning three times to take her overall tally at the track to four. A BHA mark of 77 will demand more if she is going to add to her haul this season, but it's worth remembering how impressive she was when registering her latest victory from 4 lb lower here in August, drawing clear in the final furlong to win by two lengths. She also won on last season's reappearance, so another bold bid seems assured now returning from seven months off under regular rider Joanna Mason.

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