Saturday 30 January 2021

Ralph Beckett's 2yo Horses in Training 2021

ALLEMANDE Sea The Moon (GER) / Almiranta (GB) 

Owned and bred by Miss Kirsten Rausing. This daughter of German Derby winner Sea The Moon comes from an excellent family being out of once raced mare Almiranta also owned and bred by Miss Kirsten Rausing. Ralph Beckett has taken a liking to this mare and it’s easy to see why, although Almiranta only raced once for Sir Mark Prescott back in 2010 finishing third the 14-year-old mare has produced some impressive offspring with Ralph Beckett training three already. First is the Sir Percy mare Alyssa who ran twice at two placing both times before coming into her own as a 3-year-old winning four races including rounding off the 2016 season winning the Listed Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot. Stepping up in trip worked wonders and in her final season Alyssa won the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster. The lightly raced Aloe Vera was the next who didn’t step foot on the racecourse till three making her debut in May 2019 when going off an 8/1 shot and despite running green won with a bit in hand. The Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes followed at Goodwood with the same result, another easy win. Last season Aloe Vera lost nothing in defeat when soundly beaten by the nice Godolphin gelding Walton Street. Last but not least is another who didn’t make her debut till turning three. Albaflora made her debut last year. The Muhaarar grey filly won easily enough and then ran some solid races the rest of the season including an excellent second in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes at York. I’m pretty sure I will have to wait till the second half of the season or even dare I say next season to see Allemande but hopefully she is worth the wait. 

STREGA de VEGA  Lope de Vega (IRE) / Witches Brew (IRE)

I always keep an eye out for any Waverley Racing owned horses when I scroll through the new recruits at Kimpton Down Stables. In the past Ralph has had a few quality types from the familiar owners including the unnamed filly’s full-sister and two times group winner Antonia De Vega who won the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at two and went on to win the Princess Royal Muhaarar Group 3 Stakes at Newmarket last season. Another is Manuela De Vega, a 100,000gns purchase for the Waverley Racing team. The 5-year-old mare won both her races at two including the Silver Tankard Stakes at Pontefract and last season won the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes and the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock in a tremendous season. Feliciana De Vega another to win her first two starts and won the Group 3 Darley Stakes at three. Really looking forward to this one and hopefully the Apollo Racing & Waverley Racing owned Lope De Vega filly can put her best foot forward this season. 

VEE SIGHT Churchill (IRE) / Look So (GB) 

Really looking forward to seeing the first season sire Churchill this season. The multiple group winner was Champion 2-year-old in Europe after an outstanding 2016 for Aidan O’Brien and stands stud at Coolmore for 30,000 euros. Vee Sight is a homebred out of the Ralph Beckett trained mare Look So who ran to a decent level on the flat . Vee Sight comes from a nice family which included one of my Ralph Beckett 2-year-olds to follow from last year Scope who just got up to win on debut at Newbury last October. Other offspring to note are Regardez, Glance, Compton and Sightline all winning for Beckett and owner Mr J H Richmond-Watson. 

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