Ralph’s royals: This year, Beckett took four of the King’s two-year-old horses to train


Ralph’s royals: This year, Beckett took four of the King’s two-year-old horses to train.

After the King recently sent four juveniles, including a sister to the smart sprinter King’s Lynn, Ralph Beckett will have two-year-old runners for the first time in 2023.

The trainer from Andover already has a relationship with His Majesty and the Queen Consort because he has trained the royal couple for 15 years.

Prior to her death, Queen Elizabeth II divided her horses among Sir Michael Stoute, John and Thady Gosden, Andrew Balding, William Haggas, Harry and Roger Charlton, Clive Cox, Richard Hughes, Michael Bell, and Nicky Henderson. Beckett was not previously on the Queen’s training roster.

A Cable Bay-Kinematic filly, a sister to Balding-trained King’s Lynn, who won the Group 2 Temple Stakes last year, is among the four newcomers from the Royal Studs, all of whom have not yet been named.

A Kingman-Enticement juvenile is another choicely bred filly. She is a half-sister to the former Diploma, who was trained by Stoute and won a Listed race at Freemason Lodge.

A colt and a filly by Mastercraftsman from Shimmering Light and first-season sire Land Force from Pack Together have also been sent to Beckett.

As part of a process to streamline the Royal Studs operation, Pack Together (11,000 grams) and Shimmering Light (60,000 grams) were auctioned off at the Tattersalls December Sales last year.

Desert Hero, a two-time winner, is one of the three-year-old horses the King can anticipate in 2023. He is currently in training with Haggas and may attempt a Classic trial in the spring.

Slipofthepen, trained by the Gosdens, is also of Classic interest. After winning impressively on his debut at Kempton in November, he received odds of 20-1 to win the Derby.



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