Justice was correctly served when Simple Verse was reinstated as the St Leger winner at London enquiry following her on-the-day disqualification at Doncaster last September and so the record books recall another red letter day in the training career of Ralph Beckett.
The Kimpton Down trainer has established himself as an astute operaror and the aforementioned filly's Leger success brought him a third Classic victory with Talent (2013) and Look Here (2008) confirming his particular prowess with that gender of racehorse.
Ralph has the patronage of some of the most famous established owner/breeders and his talents have no gone unnoticed by the new kids on the block either with rapidly rising Qatar Racing team also sending him some of the best.
Beckett has hit the 80 mark on the domestic front for the past two seasons and accrued over £1,555,000 in prize money last year. Simple Verse spearheads another team brimming in potential and Ralph kindly spoke to ATR about some of his top prospects for the season.
7 b g Zamindar - Countess Sybill
Winner of four of his 13 starts. Better effort this season on his reappearance in the Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket (1m 1f) in April when runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter, to Mahsoob. Currently rated 115.
"It didn't really go his way in the Prix Ganay at Saint-Cloud but there will plenty of targets for him through the year depending on ground. We might go to Germany with him and we will campaign him over ten furlongs with juice in the ground."
4 b c Rip Van Winkle - Steel Princess
Winner of three of his 5 starts. Progress colt who ended his three-year-old campaign with a half length defeat of Mistiroc off a mark of 89 at Doncaster (1m 4f) in October. Currently rated 92.
"He has a long running issue with his feet otherwise he would have appeared already this Spring but he's a talented colt. He will go handicapping over a mile and a half initially but hopefully he will progress from there."
4 b g Makfi - Minkova
Winner of four of his 9 starts. Runner-up, beaten only a length and a half, to Rideonastar on his reappearance at Salisbury (1m 6f) this month off his current mark of 86.
"He got too far back in the City Bowl at Salisbury but he's come out of the race well and long term I see him as a Cesarewitch horse."
MASTER OF IRONY
4 b g Makfi - Mother Of Pearl
Winner of two of his 6 starts. Unplaced in both start this season but beaten only three and a quarter lengths when 6th of 12 to Treasury Notes at Ripon (1m) latest start in April off a mark of 85. Currently rated 84.
"Ripon didn't suit him and he saw too much daylight at Doncaster in the Spring Mile. He will probably step up to ten furlongs and, again, he is another who needs some juice in the ground."
5 gr m Dalakhani - Celtic Slipper
Winner of five of her 12 starts. Made a successful reappearance in the AW Marathon at Lingfield (2m) in March when beating Anglophile half a length. Currently rated 103.
"She will probably run in a race called the Grand Cup at York in a fortnight's time. We will try initially to get some black type and to get a listed win under her belt. Her owner would like to aim her towards the Melbourne Cup if at all possible."
7 b g Hernando - Swain's Gold
Winner of four of his 26 starts. Unplaced, beaten five lengths, to Knight Owl on his reappearance at Newmarket (1m 1f) in April off a mark of 103. Currently rated 101.
"They didn't really go fast enough for him in the Suffolk Handicap at Newmarket and I'm not sure what I am going to do with him - whether I stay in handicaps as he's been given a little relief or stakes races again but we will keep him to tracks he enjoys - Newmarket, Sandown etc."
4 b g Paco Boy - Supereva
Winner of two of his 9 starts. Beaten only three off a length by Dark Red when runner-up in the City And Suburban Handicap at Epsom (1m 2f) in April off a mark of 95. Currently rated 99.
"He runs at York this week and he's in good shape. He will go for the Wolferton at Royal Ascot all being well."
SHE IS NO LADY
4 b f Lope De Vega - Capestar
Winner of two of her 8 starts. Was gaining her second success when beating Rhythmical half a length in a handicap at Newmarket (1m 4f) last August off a mark of 83. Currently rated 87.
"She has been slow to come to hand this Spring but she's in good shape and she will be campaign with ground in mind. Like a lot by her sire she needs juice in the ground."
4 b f Duke Of Marmalade - Guantanamera
Winner of five of her 9 starts. Reinstated as St Leger winner after initially being disqualified after passing the post a head in front of Bondi Beach at Doncaster (1m 6 1/2f) last September. Finished runner-up, beaten four lengths, to Exosphere in the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket (1m 4f) on her reappearance in April. Currently rated 116.
"All being well she will run in the Coronation Cup. I was delighted with her run in the Jockey Club Stakes. She should have a busy first half of the campaign then she will have a break and we will bring her back for the Autumn."
b f Kamsin - Arpista
Three length winner from Norse Magic on her only start at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) in September.
"She has had a problem and sadly won't make any of the Oaks Trials. I hope to have her ready mid Season."
b c Dansili - Milford Sound
Winner of one of his 3 starts. Beaten only half a length by Humphrey Bogart in the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial at Lingfield (1m 3 1/2f) on Saturday. Currently rated 98.
"He ran well in the Lingfield Derby Trial on Saturday and he won't be aimed for the Derby but he will be aimed for the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot. He is a big tall long horse and I expect him to develop physically through the year. He got run down by a decent street fighter at Lingfield and lacked the experience of the winner but he travelled well through the race and just couldn't quite finish it off."
b f Paco Boy - Going For Gold
Winner of one of her 4 starts. Runner-up, beaten three lengths, to Swiss Range in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket (1m 2f) this month. Currently rated 84.
"I was delighted with her run in the Pretty Polly and she will be aimed at the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot."
DIAMONDS POUR MOI
b f Pour Moi - Diamond Light
Winner of one of her two starts. Made successful debut at Kempton (1m) in November when beating Mytimehascome a length and highly commendable reappearance in the Listed Cheshire Oaks at Chester (1m 3 1/2f) last week when third, beaten only a length, to Somehow. Currently rated 76.
"She ran a sound race in the Cheshire Oaks where she got pushed wide at a crucial stage. I haven't ruled the Oaks out and we will just see how she goes."
b f Rock Of Gibraltar - Gravitation
Runner-up in both of her starts. Failed by only a short head behind Snan on her reappearance at Chepstow (1m 2f) at the end of last month.
"She was unlucky to get done on the nod at Chepstow. She was in front two strides out and a stride after. We will find a maiden for her and she will get a mile and a half and further."
b f Makfi - Bahamamia
Winner of both of her starts. Scored by half a length from So Celebre at Leicester (1m 1/2f) in October and followed up with a head defeat of Perfect Quest off her current mark of 72 at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) last week.
"She was given a super ride from the front at Nottingham the other night and she will be stepped up in trip."
b f Mount Nelson - Shenir
Winner of one of her three starts. Scooted up by ten lengths from Rex Bell in a maiden at Windsor (1m 2f) in April and third, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Seventh Heaven in the Listed Oaks Trial at Lingfield (1m 3 1/2f) on Saturday. Currently rated 95.
"She wasn't as effective on the quicker ground at Lingfield and she will be campaigned with ground in mind. The trip was fine for her at Lingfield, and Oisin looked after her for the last half a furlong. I think she's capable of progressing with further experience."
b f Dutch Art - Pure Song
Winner of her only start at Lingfield (7f) last month when beating Dubai Mission three quarters of a length. Currently rated 77.
"I was delighted with her win at Lingfield and she is in the Michael Seeley but I expect that will come too soon and she is likely to go handicapping."
b g Kodiac - Miss Sundance
Winner of one of his 2 starts. Off the mark when beating Very Honest a length and three quarters at Kempton (6f) in March. Currently rated 77.
"His form has been franked by Brett Johnson's horse Very Honest winning at Lingfield last week. He will step back up to seven furlongs and we will go handicapping."
b f Shamardal - Shastye
Winner of one of her 4 starts. Scored by three lengths from Pernickety on her reappearance at Chelmsford (1m 2f) in April. Currently rated 77.
"I hope that she will progress enough to become Stakes class. She will probably run at York on May 21 in a fillies' handicap."
ch f Sea The Stars - Altesse Imperiale
Placed in both of her starts. Beaten a length by Coroberee when odds-on for her reappearance at Nottingham (1m 2f) in April.
"I got her beat at Nottingham by running her on soft ground. She is likely to run in the Oaks Trial at Newbury on Saturday."
b g Zamindar - Tender Morn
Finished sixth of 12, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Valko on his only start at Kempton (6f) in August.
"He is a slow maturing sort and he is likely to run in the ten furlong maiden at Newbury this weekend."
b f Rock Of Gibraltar - Look So
Winner of one of her two starts. Scored by a neck from School Fete on her reappearance at Beverley (1m 2f) in April. Currently rated 78.
"She could go to Salisbury on Thursday and she will stick at handicaps over a mile and a quarter for the time being."
DR JULIUS NO
b c Dick Turpin - Royal Assent
Finished fourth, beaten five and three quarter lengths, to Legendary Lunch on his only start at Windsor (5f) in April
"That was a good effort from him first time at Windsor and hopeful we can find him a maiden before too long."
b f Fastnet Rock - Tropical Treat
Finished third, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Camargue at Ascot (5f) on Friday night.
"She put up a good effort at Ascot last week and I would be hopeful she can win a maiden next time."
ARGUS - has had issues with his feet but remains a colt of fully untapped potential.
MOONRISE LANDING - tough mare who could well end up in the Melbourn Cup at the end of the year.
SIMPLE VERSE - had the cobwebs blown away in the Jockey Club Stakes and another lucrative season ahead.
DIAMONDS POUR MOI - hasn't been ruled out of the Oaks and another who can be followed.
MOUNTAIN BELL - can be seen to best effect on easier ground and plenty of wins to come.
SEPTEMBER STARS - surprisingly beaten on her reappearance at Nottingham but the sort to do well throughout the season.