Ralph Beckett has had a fairly quiet season since moving his training operation from Whitsbury to Newmarket at the turn of the year but is confidently expecting to be amongst the winners in the second half of the season with Ceilidh House, a decent sort last term, who is being prepared for a crack at the Galtres Stakes at the Betfair York Ebor 2011 meeting in mid-August.
Third to Dyna Waltz in last season’s Lingfield Oaks Trial before failing to cut any ice in the Oaks itself won by Snow Fairy, Ceilidh House’s form petered out with two tame efforts later on in the term before she bounced back on the closing day of the season to win the Listed Gillies’ Fillies’ Stakes at Doncaster in November.
Seen just once so far this term this term when tackling the Warwickshire Oaks in June, the daughter of Selkirk ran very well to finish a fast-finishing third to Timepiece, doing all her best work at the finish. The subsequent Group 1 victory of the winner has given the form a massive boost and Beckett is looking forward to taking Ceilidh House to the York Ebor 2011 Festival where she could well tackle the Galtres Stakes and still remains a possible contender for the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks.
Both possibilities are dependent on ease in the ground, but with the current wet spell and the long term forecast offering little hope of a return to the balmy temperatures that were prevalent in the Spring, there is a good chance that Beckett’s filly may well get her optimum conditions.
The option of an earlier run at York’s meeting in late-July is also on the table for Ceilidh House as this would give her a comfortable three-and-a-half to four week gap before coming back for one of the bigger prizes.