Ralph Beckett started his career within the horse racing industry as a stable lad in 1989. Thereafter he worked in Australia and America.
Formerly an assistant trainer to Peter Walwyn in 1996, he took over the running of Windsor House Stables in Lambourne 2000.
Beckett has been based at Kimpton Down since 2010 after moving from Whitsbury.
Talent (20/1) was the first classic winner trained at these impressive stables by Ralph Beckett when the consistent filly won the Group 1 Epsom Oaks in dazzling fashion in 2013. In fact, he had the first two in the race. (Secret Gesture 3/1).
Simple Verse was another great filly for the Beckett team with a string of group wins to her name the highlight being the Doncaster St Leger back in 2015. Simple Verse was supplemented for the race after an impressive display in the Lillie Langtry at Goodwood. The St Leger was a race full of drama when Simple Verse was first past the post only to be demoted and then successfully appealing against the decision in what was a deserved result.
Taking a quick look back over the last few seasons Ralph Beckett has had some decent looking 2-year-olds. Di Fede went on to win twice as a 2-year-old for owner Robert Ng and picked up a Listed race at three. 2018 saw four Lope De Vega fillies hit the race track for Ralph Beckett and owners Waverley Racing. Antonia, Dancing, Feliciana and Manuela De Vega all won first timeout in an amazing feat and all went on to compete in pattern races.
An owner that I will be keeping an eye out for this year is J.H. RICHMOND-WATSON who normally has some nice 2-year-olds with Ralph Beckett. Glance was well-beaten on debut at Newmarket but looked a different horse next timeout at Goodwood when sticking on gamely to win by a head. The Dansili filly has been a consistent performer since and got a well-deserved win in the Listed Prix Petite Etoile in November last season.
Kinross looks another nice type for Beckett and Watson after two decent runs last season. The homebred Kingman/Ceilidh House colt won in impressive fashion last October when winning on debut at Newmarket at odds of 3/1. After such a spectacular debut the Kingman colt was made favourite for the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Newcastle in a messy affair and could only manage fifth. I'm sure we haven't seen the best of Kinross and a mile looks the right step next timeout and the 2000 Guineas looks an option for the season ahead.
Trefoil was another for the pair as the Teofilo homebred filly was supported from 14s to 8/1 on debut in a Class 2 at Newmarket. The well-bred filly was a touch green but still kept on to win nicely on her only run last season, another who could be winning again in the future.
Onto the new season and the 2-year-olds J.H. Richmond-Watson will hopefully win a race or two. CHERCHEZ is another homebred who looks to have a decent pedigree who is by Nathaniel and out of Regardez. Dam Regardez had a decent career ending up 106 rated when she retired in America in 2015. Cherchez is a half-sister to the Ralph Beckett trained Impatient who finally got a win on the board in a Nursery Handicap on his final race last season.
HERE AGAIN who is by Pivitol and out of Look Here and is a nice looking chestnut filly. A couple of interesting offsprings of Dam Look Here are Here and Now who ended his career with an official rating of 100 after a consistent career and last season we saw Here Again’s full sister Hereby (pictured) rattle up five wins out of seven races and another who will be hoping to add to that tally next season.
Last but not least is SCOPE who is by Teofilo and out of Look so and another who will hopefully get a couple of wins this season.
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