Beckett chasing more Oaks success
Ralph Beckett has three chances to improve his impressive record in the Betfred £7.5million Scoop6 Today Oaks Trial Stakes at Lingfield.
Beckett won in 2007 with Kayah, while 12 months later he was second with Look Here, who famously went on to win the Oaks at Epsom, and just last year he struck with Secret Gesture, who was second to stablemate Talent in the Classic.
This year he runs the unbeaten pair of Moonrise Landing and Kallisha, together with Windsor scorer Honor Bound.
"You have to run them in the race which suits, it's down to them, it's not about me - it's what suits the horse," Beckett told At The Races.
"Honor Bound, I have to say, surprised us at Windsor. Like most Authorized's she relished the soft and did it well in the end having come from the back off not a strong pace.
"She hadn't really shown us much at home, certainly not that, and the step up in trip also will suit her. She's bred for further.
"Once she gets in the stalls we can relax a bit and the forecast is in her favour. Hopefully she can run a nice race.
"Moonrise Landing won a terrible race, the form hasn't worked out at all, but I wasn't expecting her to win. I thought she'd need the experience.
"She's been a green filly at home and I thought the run would bring her on mentally. She travelled round well and won quite easily in the end.
"Physically she has done very well since the race and her work has improved through the spring.
"We're shooting in the dark as to where we are and whether she's up to this, but as she's a maiden winner and being by Dalakhani she should stay. Whether she wants slow ground I'm not so sure, but she's well balanced.
"Kallisha's work this spring had surprised us, she did a good bit about 10 days before she won but we weren't expecting to see that.
"Being by Whipper she should like the ground and she did it well at Sandown, she was green but she's made like a whippet so should go round Lingfield well and I expect her to stay.
"They've all got a squeak and hopefully one or more can pick up black type.
"I think Jim (Crowley) has probably picked the right one (Moonrise Landing) as she has the most potential, but I think Kallisha could run very well, too."
John Gosden saddles Criteria who got off the mark at the fourth time of asking recently, while Andrew Balding fields an interesting contender in Casual Smile.
By Derby hero Sea The Stars out of the Oaks winner Casual Look it was somewhat disappointing she failed to break her duck in three races last season.
However, on the last of those she only narrowly went down to ante-post Oaks favourite Taghrooda.
Another unbeaten filly in the mix is Sir Michael Stoute's Queen's Prize, owned by Her Majesty.
The home-bred stayed on well to win on her debut over seven furlongs in September and should come into her own over middle distances this season being by Dansili out of a Daylami mare.
She is a half-sister to the likes of Highland Glen and Bold Sniper, who both won over a mile and a half.