Brasca looking right for Beckett on latest outing
RALPH Beckett’s two-yearolds have ended the season in fine form.
He can notch another winner in the juvenile division with Brasca in the Extra Places At Totesport.com Novice Stakes at Chelmsford.
The Nathaniel colt holds an entry in the Derby, which admittedly looks a little fanciful based on the evidence seen to date.
Second of four on his only run, he was beaten quite comfortably by Mark Johnston’s Desert Friend, who has since defied a penalty at Kempton.
The irony will not be lost on Beckett that Brasca faces another Johnston youngster, Themaxwecan, who himself will try to carry a penalty to victory having beaten Beckett’s Skymax on his debut.
Beckett should have a decent line on what sort of mark Brasca will need to run to to beat Themaxwecan, and the fact he is happy to take him on must mean he feels he will come out on top.
Chitra has been on an upward curve in the last two months, winning three of her last five starts and finishing second in the other two.
She has gone up a total of 16lb for her efforts, but is clearly still on the upgrade.
The Daniel Kubler-trained filly can prove the point by putting her rivals to the sword in the Totepool Cashback At totepool.com Nursery Handicap.
Glendevon is the one to be with in the Irish Lotto At totesport.com Handicap for trainer Richard Hughes and jockey Jamie Spencer.
The three-year-old ran a nice race on his return from a 91-day break – during which time he was gelded – when second over this course and distance last month.
That was his first try at the 10-furlong trip and he goes handicapping now for the first time.
Sure to be sharper for the experience, it will be interesting to see how he goes, as he has some decent bits of form to his name.
Things have not gone entirely smoothly since Moon Racer took the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in 2015 but he has plenty of ability and looks the one to be on in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Series Qualifier at Exeter.
The David Pipe-trained nine-yearold has been restricted to just eight starts since his famous win but demonstrated his talent by winning on his latest outing at Ayr in April.
He can carry on from where he left off in the spring.
Mia’s Storm can follow up a confidence-boosting victory over hurdles at Uttoxeter three weeks ago by making a successful switch in the 188bet.co.uk Bud Booth Mares’ Chase at Market Rasen.
The eight-year-old had suffered falls in good novice chases at Kempton and Ayr on her previous two starts, after winning her first two races over the bigger obstacles last autumn.
The second of those came on this course so it is no surprise trainer Alan King has chosen to bring her back to the Lincolnshire venue for her first race back over fences.
Elkstone won in good style over three miles on his first visit to Kempton and can double up when he returns to more familiar surroundings in the 188Bet Mobile Bet10 Get10 Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.
Caroline Bailey’s seven-year-old has only been out of the first four once in seven races at Market Rasen but this will be the longest trip he has tried. Judged on his Kempton run, it should be right up his street.
Informateur can confirm the promise of his first outing for six months when second at Hexham four weeks ago by opening his account in the Betfred Novices’ Hurdle at Sedgefield.
The Sue Smith-trained five-yearold only went down by half a length to the odds-on favourite Simply The Betts.
Trainer Ralph Beckett will be facing some familiar foes