RALPH BECKETT had another solid season in 2019 when his 82 winners swept him past the £1 million in prize money mark for the fourth year in success and the sixth time in his career.
The Kimpton Downs trainer is known for his patience with his juveniles but he boasted a healthy strike rate of just over 20% with 20 winners from 99 runners and is not averse to producing his horses to win first time out with five of his team capable of that last season.
One of the stars of the show last term in the juvenile division was Max Vega who was just touched off by Kenzai Warrior on his debut over a mile at Salisbury in September and hacked up in a novice event at Salisbury later that month before ending his first season with a three length win from Miss Yoda in the Group 3 Zetland Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Newmarket in October.
Beckett has just started to ask a little more of some of his two-year-olds now and gave Tony Elves the lowdown on a handful that, at this stage, he hopes can do well in 2020.
Please note: Where a horse exists in the ATR database we have linked to its form and tracker profile below, we will update others when they become available.
Bay Colt; Toronado – Redstart
"He looks quite forward and the dam won the Fred Darling for us. He has a good way about him and I think he will make a two-year-old but it will probably be mid-season before you see him in action. He will start over six furlongs but I think he is a horse who should have some sort of campaign this year."
Bay Colt; Fulbright – Fearless Flyer
"He is out of a quick two-year-old and is a brother to a good two-year-old in Crius, who won three times in his first season including the Group 3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes. I thought he was well bought in Tattersalls Book 3 for 30,000gns by Federico Barberini and he looks like a horse that is going to come to hand in May or June. He will start over five or six furlongs and he looks like he has got a bit of speed."
Bay Filly; Invincible Spirit – Barshiba
"She is from a deep family of Jeff Smith’s (and is a half-sister to Arabian Queen) and she looks like she has a bit about her. I don’t think she will come to hand much before August time but I like the way she goes. She will probably start off over seven furlongs."
Bay Gelding; Sea The Moon – Homepage
"He is a nice horse by Sea The Moon who looks like a horse who will come to himself in the second half of the year being by that stallion. We like him and he cost a few quid (130,000 gns) but he has a good way of going. He is likeable individual and we are looking forward to him racing."
Bay Filly; Charm Spirit – An Ghalanta
"She is another who is forward but she is unnamed as yet. She looks like she is going to be as forward as her half-sister Bletchley who was just touched off in the Albany. She is a strong filly with a good hip to her and she is a ball of muscle. We haven’t done any fast work with her yet but that is not far away. I think she will be ready or close to being ready when racing resumes."