RALPH BECKETT has every reason to look forward to Epsom this weekend since the home of the Investec Derby and Oaks has already seen the Kimpton Down trainer land the 2008 Oaks with Look Here, as well as delivering a 1-2 in the Fillies "Blue Riband" in 2013 with Talent and Secret Gesture.
Isabel De Urbina (Pretty Polly runner-up) could give him a third Oaks success and, provided the rains arrive, stable stalwart Air Pilot could join her on the menu in the Coronation Cup.
Beckett also tasted Classic success with Simple Verse in the 2015 St Leger and she may now be targeted for a step up in trip in the Ascot Gold Cup after another sterling effort in the Yorkshire Cup.
There are plenty more in the stable that will be looking to further their careers at both Epsom and Royal Ascot and the stable is flowing nicely right now with the 20 winner mark for the season being achieved at York at the weekend.
Ralph kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can continue to blossom through the coming months.
8 b g Zamindar - Countess Sybil
Winner of six of his 17 starts and currently rated 114. Made a winning reappearance in a Group 3 event at Naas in April when beating Success Days a head.
"He is in good shape and will most likely go to Epsom for the Coronation Cup provided we get some rain to ease the going. He just needs some juice in the ground and when he gets the right conditions he is very effective."
4 b f Sir Percy - Almiranta
Winner of four of her 9 starts and currently rated 102. All four successes were last season which culminated in a nose defeat of Fireglow in a listed contest at Ascot (1m 6f) in September.
"She was quite light framed last season but she has done very well physically during the winter. She was progressive last season but put in a disappointing effort at York on Saturday and we will have to go back to the drawing board."
4 b g Dalakhani - On Fair Stage
Winner of two of his 8 starts and currently rated 87. Scored by two and a three quarter lengths from Takbeer on his latest start at Wolverhampton (1m 6f) in March off a mark of 82.
"He is in good form and has had a Spring break at grass. I am not sure we are finished with him yet as there are a few options for him and he is a horse that is just reaching maturity."
5 ch h Sea The Stars - Jakonda
Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 111. Made a winning reappearance in a conditions event at Doncaster (1m 4f) in March and was beaten only a neck by Muntahaa in the Group 3 John Porter Stakes at Newbury (1m 4f) the following month.
"He didn't face the visor last time at Newbury but I think he prefers fast ground. We will see how we are over the next month but he could go to Royal Ascot for something. There are plenty of options for him over a mile and a half."
4 b f Speightstown - Forest Crown
Winner of four of her 13 starts and currently rated 93. Finished fourth, beaten six and a quarter lengths, to Laugh Aloud in a listed event at Goodwood (1m) this month.
"I was very pleased with her run at Goodwood the other day. She is likely to go to the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom, a track she loves having won and finished second there."
4 br f New Approach - Ensemble
Winner of three of her 12 starts and currently rated 98. Finished third, beaten five lengths, to Laugh Alound on her latest start in a listed contest at Goodwood (1m) this month.
"She is entered in the Nottinghamshire Oaks on Wednesday over ten furlongs and I think the step up in trip is a good idea."
DIAMONDS POUR MOI
4 b f Pour Moi - Diamond Light
Winner of two of her 5 starts and currently rated 105. Finished unplaced to Western Hymn on her reappearance in the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes at Chester (1m 5 1/2f) this month.
"She found the Ormonde Stakes a bit sharp for her and there probably was not enough juice in the ground for her either - she needs soft ground. We will be patient with her and look for our best options."
4 ch f Dream Ahead - Pina Colada
Winner of four of her 12 starts and currently rated 96. She was completing a hat trick when beating Bahaarah half a length at Newbury (1m) last July off a mark of 88. Returned to winning form with a two length win from Firmament at York (7f) on Saturday.
"She worked well earlier in the week and confirmed the promise of her work when winning nicely at York on Saturday. We will see what the handicapper does with her but we will stick to seven furlongs and a mile for the time being."
5 b g Makfi - Minkova
Winner of five of his 15 starts and currently rated 98. Finished a highly creditable fifth, beaten only two and a quarter lengths, to Montaly in the Chester Cup (2m 2 1/2f) this month off a mark of 98.
"I was delighted with his run from a diabolical draw in the Chester Cup. He is likely to go to Royal Ascot for the Ascot Stakes on the first day of the meeting."
5 b g Paco Boy - Supereva
Winner of two of his 12 starts and currently rated 100. Unplaced, beaten five and three quarter lengths, to Banksea in the Spring Cup at Newbury (1m) off mark of 102.
"I was pleased with his run in the Spring Cup and it is possible that he will be ready for the Wolferton at Royal Ascot. He has had a small hiccup but I am hopeful he will get there."
4 b f Dutch Art - Pure Song
Winner of two of her 8 starts and currently rated 99. Finished fourth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Nezwaah in a listed contest at Ayr (1m 2f) on Wednesday.
"She ran a good race in the Duchess of Rothesay at Ayr last Wedneday and we will stick to listed races over ten furlongs with her."
SHE IS NO LADY
5 b m Lope De Vega - Capestar
Winner of four of her 14 starts and currently rated 101. Ran a solid race in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown (2m) on Thursday evening when third, beaten seven lengths, to Big Orange.
"She ran well in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown and she really wants juice in the ground and two miles."
5 b m Duke of Marmalade - Guantanamera
Winner of six of her 14 starts and currently rated 113. Won the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster (1m 6f) last year and made a pleasing return in the Yorkshire Cup at York (1m 6f) this month when runner-up, beaten a neck by Dartmouth.
"I was very pleased with her run in the Yorkshire Cup and she will now go for the Ascot Gold Cup."
4 br f Dansili - Dash To The Top
Winner of one of her 7 starts and currently rated 96. Having her first outing for the stable when fourth, beaten a length, to Absolute Blast in the listed Magnolia Stakes at Kempton (1m 2f) in April.
"She could run in the Nottinghamshire Oaks on Wednesday. I was very pleased with her first run in the Magnolia Stakes and I have been pleased with her recent work."
b f Champs Elysees - Pure Joy
Winner of one her 5 starts and currently rated 85. Dead heated with Dubara in a maiden at Beverley (7 1/2f) in September.
"We will probably start her in a ten furlongs fillies handicap somewhere and go from there but she is in good nick at home."
b f Makfi - An Ghalanta
Winner of one of her 4 starts and currently rated 103. Scored by a neck from Reeh on her debut at Nottingham (5f) in June of last year and her best effort was when short headed by Brave Anna in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot (6f) later that month.
"She could run in the Surrey Stakes at the Derby meeting especially if we get a drop of rain."
b f Galileo - Louvain
Winner of one of her 3 starts. Finished fourth, beaten 11 ½ lengths, to Hertford Dancer in the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial at Lingfield (1m 3 1/2f) this month.
"She might be one for the Ballymacoll, a Listed race at Newbury, or we could step her up to a mile and a half. I thought it was an ok run at Lingfield but not as progressive as I had hoped."
b f Redoute's Choice - Forest Crown
Beaten a neck by Partitia on her only start at Newbury (6f) last August.
"We have had a problem with her this Spring but she is on her way back and she will be ready for a maiden somewhere next month."
b f Fastnet Rock - Maryinsky
Scored by a neck from Elas Ruby on her only start at Newbury (1m) last October and currently rated 82.
"Sadly, she had a problem as we wanted to run her in an Oaks Trial. She is gradually making her way back."
ch f Lope De Vega - Fairnilee
No wins from 4 starts and currently rated 68. Finished third, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Keepup Kevin when favourite for her handicap bow at Newmarket (1m) last week.
"Things didn't go well for her at Newmarket last week but we will find a slot for her."
ch f Halling - Prairie Flower
Winner of one of her 4 start and currently rated 71. Off the mark with a length defeat of Carol in a handicap at Nottingham (1m 2f) last week off her current mark.
"I was delighted with her win at Nottingham last week and I think a step up in trip and some juice in the ground will see some further improvement."
HERE AND NOW
b c Dansili - Look Here
Winner of two of his 4 starts and currently rated 84. Returned to winning form with a half length defeat of Stradivarius at Chester (1m 4 1/2f) in May off a mark of 77.
"I was very pleased with his win at Chester and he will now go to the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot."
b f Galileo - Mohican Princess
No wins from her 3 starts, but made the frame in the last two and is currently rated 76. Finished runner-up, beaten five lengths, to Utopian Dream in a maiden at Chelmsford (1m 5 1/2f) this month.
"It didn't go her way at Chelmsford last time but she should be able to find a mile and a half handicap on fast ground."
b c Rip Van Winkle - Uliana
Winner of one of his 3 starts and currently rated 103. Making his debut for the stable when runner-up, beaten a head by Cunco in the Group 3 Bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown (1m 2f) in April.
"He will probably go straight to Ascot now for the Queen's Vase, the King George V or the King Edward VII Stakes whichever we think is right and he needs juice in the ground."
ISABEL DE URBINA
b f Lope De Vega - Roscoff
Winner of one of her 2 starts. Failed by only three quarters of a length behind Horseplay in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket (1m 2f) on her reappearance.
"There is a good chance she will go for the Oaks. We will leave her in on Saturday and see what we think but I was pleased with her effort in the Pretty Polly on only her second start and she has come out of it well."
b f Deep Impact - Love And Bubbles
Unplaced to Serenada on her debut at Sandown (1m 2f) in April.
"I ran her on slow ground at Sandown and that wasn't very clever. We will find a fast ground maiden for her somewhere."
MAID TO REMEMBER
b f Redoute's Choice - Maid To Believe
Scored by half a length from Sasini on her only start at Nottingham (1 1/2f) in May and currently rated 83.
"I was delighted with her effort first time out and she will go for the Ballymacoll Stud Stakes at Newbury."
b f Mastercraftsman - In My Life
No wins from her 3 starts and currently rated 75. Came closest to victory when runner-up, beaten a head, to Comrade Conrad at Windsor (1m 2f) in April.
"She will go for a mile and a half handicap at Doncaster next weekend, and I expect her to improve for the step up in trip."
ch f Exceed And Excel - Moonstone Magic
Winner of one of her 2 starts. Off the mark with a head defeat of Peach Melba at Carlisle (7f) last week.
"I was very pleased with her first win at Carlisle last Monday. We might drop her back to six furlongs as she showed plenty of boot there."
b g Mount Nelson - Rule Britannia
Winner of three of his 6 starts and currently rated 93. Made a winning reappearance at Newbury (1m 3f) this month when beating Splash Around three and three quarter lengths off a mark of 81.
"He looked very good at Newbury on soft ground recently so he obviously likes give in the ground and should be suited by a further step up in trip."
b c Kyllachy - Meddle
Winner of three of his 6 starts and currently rated 89. Beaten only a neck by Zamjar off a mark of 88 at Chester (6f) this month.
"Munro nearly pulled it off from stall 10 at Chester the other day over six furlongs. He will probably go to the Charity Sprint at York in June."
b f Cacique - Sensationally
Has made the frame in 3 starts and currently rated 77. Finished third, beaten only a length and three quarters behind Star Rock at Newmarket (1m 4f) this month.
"She is a still a big weak filly but I think she is capable of winning handicap this Summer. She versatile since she handles both fast ground and give in the ground. I am sure we will find something for her before too long."
b f Holy Roman Emperor - Borghesa
Winner of two of her 6 starts and currently rated 103. Winner of the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster (1m) last September when beating Grecian Light three quarters of a length. Finished fourth, beaten 17 lengths, to Enable in the listed Cheshire Oaks at Chester (1m 3 1/2f) in May.
"She didn't really act around Chester on her reappearance and she might go for the Ribblesdale."
gr f Bated Breath - Santa Sophia
Winner of two of her 3 starts. Scored by two and a quarter lengths from Raven's Lady in a conditions event at Kempton (1m) in April and another solid effort when third, three and a quarter lengths behind Tomyris in a listed event at York (1m) in May.
"I was very pleased with her run in a listed race at York and she could now go for the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot."
b c Oasis Dream - Milford Sound
Winner of one of his 3 starts and currently rated 82. Off the mark at the third attempt when beating Mathix two and three quarter lengths at Newbury (1m) in October.
"He has had a troubled Spring but he is in good shape now and could go for a mile handicap at Doncaster next weekend."
ch g Rail Link - Dazzling Day
Runner-up in two of his three starts and currently rated 80. Failed by only half a length behind Key Bid at Thirsk (1m 4f) this month.
"I was very pleased with his effort at Thirsk where the first two pulled a long way clear of the third. I will try and find a maiden for him before he goes handicapping."
b f Dansili - Indication
Winner of one of her 5 starts and currently rated 77. Off the mark with a three length success from Atheq at Southwell (7f) in December and having her first race since when sixth, beaten eight and a half lengths, to Queen of Time in a handicap at Goodwood (1m) on Friday.
"She made her reappearance at Goodwood on Friday and travelled well for a long way. We may drop her back to seven furlongs for the time being."
b f Fastnet Rock - Tropical Treat
Winner of two of her 5 starts and currently rated 85. Unplaced in a listed event won by Artistica at Nottingham (6f) in May.
"I wanted to run her last weekend but she trod on a stone earlier in the week. She is likely to go for another listed race somewhere."
b g High Chaparral - Witch of Fife
Winner of one of his 6 starts and currently rated 87. Finished third, beaten three and a half lengths, to Crowned Eagle off a mark of 85 at Windsor (1m 2f) this month.
"He has just been gelded and the handicapper has clobbered him for finishing third to an impressive winner of John Gosden's last time. You will see him some time next month."
AIR PILOT - loves the mud and can find more success over a mile and quarter and further when conditions are in his favour.
GOLDEN STUNNER - impressive winner at York on Saturday and more success can come her way.
MAGIC CIRCLE - great run from a coffin-box draw in the Chester Cup and can land a major staying handicap this Summer.
SIMPLE VERSE - tough as a nut mare who has an abundance of class to draw upon and further top victories await.
HERE AND NOW - progressive sort who can win more races.
ISABEL DE URBINA - whatever her fate in the Investec Oaks looks sure to fly the flag for the stable throughout the season.