The roll call of the Tote Chester Cup reads as a who's who of the training ranks, with a long list of famous names tasting success in the race in it’s near-200 year history.
One of those looking to add his name to the list of Chester Cup-winning trainers is Ralph Beckett who could well have two runners in the race.
While Buriram, who currently holds an entry, is unlikely to run, the Kimpton handler could be represented by both Brasca and Future Investment in the 2m2½f contest.
For the latter, the race has been a long time coming.
“I said to his owners after he won his maiden there two years ago that he might be a Chester Cup horse,” Beckett, speaking of Future Investment, told Tote.
“So it’s been in our heads for some time, but obviously he’s had to get his mark high enough to get into the race, so I’m really pleased to be going there.”
Placed in decent handicaps at Newbury and Newmarket, before stepping up in trip to score over 2m on the Roodee last August, the subsequent Old Borough Cup sixth appears to have been well supported with some of the bookmakers. For Beckett, that is no surprise.
“He’s on target for the race and based on his track record I can understand any support for him.
“He loves it round there and the trip won’t be a problem, so I see why he would be prominent in the market.”
Success at Chester is something that tends to run in the family for the son of Mount Nelson, with his sibling representing Beckett to success in Cheshire
“His sister, Mountain Bell, was pretty lethal round Chester. She won the Stand Cup for us there, so it’s certainly horses for courses as far as they’re concerned,” he said.
The last time we saw Future Investment he was well beaten in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket. However it wasn’t a complete blow-out as far as Becket is concerned, and we should see a better performance here, though he would have rather he wasn’t heading the Chester first time up.
“I think he moved a bit soon in the Cesarewitch. If we had waited a bit longer we could have finished a bit closer, so I’d say the run can be upgraded.”
“I would have preferred to have got a run into him, but he needs juice in the ground and there hasn’t been a lot of that this spring.”
Should the heavens open in the days prior to the Tote Chester Cup, Future Investment will surely come into the thinking of many a punter.
He could be joined in the race by stablemate Brasca who recently battled well to success over 1m4f at Salisbury.
That was his second run after an absence of 565 days, so it will have been pleasing to see for Ralph Beckett.
Despite that win, he’s not guaranteed to get into the race on Friday May 7th.
“I don’t know yet. He only ran three days ago, but I’ve been of the opinion for a while that a track like Chester would suit him,” Beckett told Tote.
“He had a tendon injury, so I’ve been delighted with how he has come back and he seems to have got slightly quicker with age which is obviously a useful trait to have!”
Currently number 42 on the list with a maximum field size of 17, Brasca needs a few to come out to get a run, though he may yet get that Chester outing, with a run in the Plate also still on the table.
As well as speaking to Tote about his potential Chester Cup runners, Ralph also kindly shared his thoughts on the 12 horses that feature in this season's Tote Ten To Follow. Read his full stable tour ahead of the entry deadline on Saturday 1st May.