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Beckett Rock

Beckett Rock was impressive in winning the two-mile maiden hurdle at Gowran Park last Saturday. Henry de Bromhead’s horse travelled well through his race, he moved up nicely to move to the front at the second last flight, and he cleared away to win impressively. His jumping was really good too for a debutant. Even at the last when he was getting in tight, he was fast and nimble over it. The visual impression that he created was taking, and the time was good, the fastest of the four two-mile hurdle races run on the day. It was over 10 seconds faster than the second division of this maiden, two and a half seconds faster than Ile Atlantique was later in the day, and over eight seconds faster than the winner of the handicap hurdle. The form of the race looks solid too, with a well-regarded horse in second and another well-regarded horse set for second place before he came down at the last.

This was Beckett Rock’s first ever run under any code. His dam won over two miles, she is a sister to Tully East, a Cheltenham Festival winner over an extended two and a half miles, so there is the option to go up in trip, but there is no need to, at least for now. He obviously has plenty of pace. He is not entered in the Royal Bond Hurdle, but he is an exciting prospect, and he will be of interest wherever he goes next.

Gowran Park, 11th November 2023