Beat can rock at Newbury
Richard Hannon is eager to see if his once-raced Beat Le Bon can justify some of the hype surrounding him by winning the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes (15:25) at Newbury on Friday.
Beat Le Bon has been talked up ever since he finished a close second on his debut at Newbury in July behind Momkin, the pair having turned a competitive 18-runner novice contest into a two-horse race.
Beat Le Bon has been unsuccessful in his attempts to get on the racetrack since then, but he's on course to run at Newbury and is 7/4 to go one better with Ryan Moore booked to ride.
He holds entries in the Royal Lodge this month at Newmarket as well as next month's Dewhurst at Headquarters and the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
Hannon admits he'll know whether those are realistic ambitions after his latest assignment.
"He is a nice horse that we've liked for quite a while. I thought he would go close in the Convivial at York, but he had an over-reach and couldn't run," said Hannon.
"The next time he was meant to run at Salisbury he pulled a shoe off, so he didn't run there. Hopefully we can get him to the races [now]."
He added: "We didn't miss much with him, but he had an easy week each time he missed those races. It's a good race and he goes there as a maiden.
"It will be the biggest test he has had so far and it will tell us whether we can look at some of those entries next to his name."
Once-raced Irish maiden winner Duckett's Grove looks a big threat at odds of 5/2 having joined Ed Walker's teams since his score at Cork last month, where he accounted for a subsequent Aidan O'Brien-trained winner.
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