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Beacon can shine bright in Gimcrack

| 23.08.2014

Beacon looked a desperately unlucky loser last time out and can make amends in the Gimcrack Stakes at York today (3.15) now stepped up in trip.

The Richard Hannon trained colt could finish only fourth on debut at Doncaster when sent off the even money favourite, but the soft ground was against him that day and the son of Paco Boy went on to land his next three contests in the style of a very smart juvenile.

Beacon was particularly impressive in the last of those at Sandown, showing a smart turn of foot to score easing down by four lengths from Mukhmal.

The son of Paco Boy was sent off the heavily-backed 10/11 favourite for the Group 3 Molcomb Stakes over 5f at Goodwood on the back of that effort, but endured a nightmare passage before finishing third of eight to Cotai Glory.

Beacon found himslef trapped in a pocket approaching the final furlong as the pace quickened, and jockey Richard Hughes was forced to switch violently right and go wide of the field to get a run.
By this time the front pair had poached a healthy advantage, but Beacon then stayed on strongly to be beaten just 3/4 of a length.

There is little doubt in my mind that Beacon would have prevailed franted a clear passage, and they way he finished off that contests suggests the step up to 6f in this will be ideal.
The main danger to Beacon could well be Irish raider Accepted who is unbeaten in two starts.

The Tommy Stack trained colt looked a smart colt when making a winning debut at the Curragh, and confirmed that impression when taking the step up into Listed company in his stride last time out at Tipperary.

Accepted travelled strongly throughout the latter and kept on well to beat Simply A Star by a cosy 1/2 length.

This race represents a further step up in class, but the son of Approve is clearly going the right way and looks open to plenty more progress for a handelr whose raiders to these shores almost command the utmost respect.

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.