By Simon Jackson.
Redstart bids to give trainer Ralph Beckett his third win in six years and fourth in all in the £60,000 Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
Beckett has won the Group 3 contest in the past with Moonstone Magic (2012), Puff (2010) and Penkenna Princess (2005) and has high hopes for his filly who finished second and then first in her two starts as a two-year-old.
“Redstart is training well and looks well,” Beckett said.
“She is a very different type to our previous winners. Puff was a tough, precocious two-year-old and Moonstone Magic came in on the back of a debut win eight days earlier. Penkenna Princess was also a good two-year-old.
“Redstart had two runs last year and then we put her away. It is a big step up and will tell us where we are with her, but she has shown up well in her work and we think it is worth a shot.”
Saturday’s card, on the second day of the Dubai Duty Spring Trials meeting, features the £60,000 Group 3 AON Greenham Stakes.
The seven-furlong contest was won impressively last year by Kingman who finished four and a half lengths ahead of runner-up Night Of Thunder.
Kingman and Night Of Thunder reopposed in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas where Night Of Thunder beat runner-up Kingman by half a length.
Kingman, who was retired last season after winning seven of his eight starts, reclaimed the advantage when he beat Night Of Thunder into second place in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last June.
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