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Beckett Dominates at Oaks and other Racing Stories

Added on: June 4, 2013

Ralph Beckett is a Newmarket (UK) handler who recently dominated at Friday's Investec Oaks. With every confidence in his horses, never could he have imagined that he would end up with a winner and a runner-up in the same event.

It was actually Beckett's 20/1 horse called Talent (which was ridden by champion jockey Richard Hughes) who came in first and not his 3/1 horse, Secret Gesture. Talent's performance has rapidly improved over the past four weeks, and it managed to beat its stable companion by almost four lengths.

When speaking to reporters in the winners' enclosure about the surprise win, Beckett said, "Talent got the breaks and she got wide, and that perhaps made the difference, Jim [Crowley] spent a lot of time trying to manoeuvre Secret Gesture out. He was forced to do that from her draw."

He then added, "Secret Gesture's homework has always been in a different league to Talent's. Jim just wasn't able to get off the fence and I think without that she might have finished closer. They are two very high-class fillies. I've no doubt Secret Gesture will be a Group 1 filly in the future. They will both have to go to the Irish Oaks." Beckett's horses held off The Lark, which was priced at 16/1 and Ballydoyle's 5/2 favourite, Moth, which ended up finishing in fourth.

In other news, Jockey William Buick has also recently talked about his high hopes for 'Ruler of the World's Derby' runner-up – a horse called Libertarian. He has been extremely satisfied with how the horse has been performing lately.

After discussing why Libertarian didn't settle too well, he pointed out that since its Epson display he believes that the horse is now starting to show real potential.

"He's a good one because he didn't settle early in a slowly run race as the Aidan O'Brien horses rode races aimed, it seemed, at unsettling Dawn Approach. That achieved, the track seemed to catch my fellow out but when Ryan Moore took off on 'Ruler of the World', mine did really well to go after him and stay on at the end. The Irish Derby looks a target and remember this is only his fifth run and he will get better," said the optimistic jockey.

Buick then added, "If I'd said a few weeks ago he would be that close in the Derby they might have carried me off in a white coat. We may supplement him now for the Irish Derby and then of course there's the King George and later the St Leger."

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