Horse Racing: Beacon can lead way to Tarn

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Beacon Tarn can maintain her 100 per cent record at Southwell in the Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.

It states the obvious that Southwell lends itself well to track specialists such as Dubai Hills and La Estrella and while Beacon Tarn will have to go some to match their exploits, she is two from two as it stands. Perhaps crucially they have been the only two wins to date in her career and the daughter of Shamardal looks a different proposition on the Fibresand.

Eric Alston’s charge won off a mark of 53 in November and last time out scored off 62, suggesting the four-year-old has improved a good deal.

She will need to have improved again as the handicapper has put her up 10lb for winning by an eased-down four and a half lengths, but she could just be the type to have done so.

Having cost 80,000 guineas it should be no surprise she is finally fulfilling potential. John Gosden’s Billowing will take all the beating in the 32Red Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Narrowly beaten on her debut at Kempton in October, she returned there in November and was a beaten favourite behind runners from the two individual Godolphin yards.

She looked a doubtful stayer over a mile on that occasion and after showing good early speed it looks a good move from Gosden to drop the filly, who is from the same family as Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass, back to six furlongs.

Chris Dwyer’s Tatting remains in good heart and can rattle off a hat-trick in the Ladbrokes Apprentice Handicap. The five-year-old has shot up the ratings by over 20lb since his winning spree started in September but obviously goes well for the female touch, with Hayley Turner and Shelley Birkett having been in the plate for his last two wins.

Upped 6lb for a win here earlier this month, that might not stop him as while he looks a tricky ride, Birkett seems to gel with him and rides again.