Brasca look­ing right for Beck­ett on lat­est out­ing

Evening Express (City Final) - - At The Races - BY THE LAIRD

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 Tote­s­ 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 Nurs­ery Hand­i­cap.

Glen­de­von is the one to be with in the Ir­ish Lotto At tote­s­ 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 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

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