Dace: More to come from Echo Brava

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Luke Dace has insisted there is more to come from Echo Brava.

The West Sussex trainer is readying his progressive four-year-old for his latest assignment on the flat at Lingfield.

A son of Proclamation, the grey gelding goes in the 32Red Handicap on the all-weather this afternoon (3.40pm).

Echo Brava has risen a stone in the handicap – to a career-high mark of 78 – since the beginning of November.

He has recorded two wins, two second places and a third during that period.

Today he will face an extra test of stamina as he steps up in trip to 13 furlongs for the first time in his career under Pulborough-based rider Jim Crowley.

But Dace is confident punters have yet to see the best of the talent, who arrived at his Five Oaks yard in February of last year.

‘From the moment Echo Brava was brought to my yard by owner Mark Benton, I knew he showed real promise,’ said the former jump jockey.

‘When he first came to the yard he was still a baby and hadn’t quite found his niche.

‘It’s taken him time to progress and mature, as he was both mentally and physically weak to begin with.

‘Therefore his progress has been remarkable, although, he doesn’t quite realise yet just how good he is!

‘Having both ended 2013 and started 2014 with a win, I think we’re going to see some more great runs from Echo Brava this year.

‘Having just missed out on first place in his most recent race, where he was pipped to the post by a neck at Lingfield, Echo is showing some great potential.

‘He is certainly an exciting prospect.’

Ross Atkinson steered Echo Brava to victory at Lingfield Park over 12 furlongs on December 18.

And Serena Brotherton followed that up by piloting the gelding to glory at Kempton on January 8.

Atkinson was back on board at Lingfield just five days later but could only finish second to the Mark Johnston-trained Blue Wave.

Dace operates a well-equipped yard with ultra-modern facilities including an American Bend, 6 furlong gallop, starting stalls, cross country course, equine swimming pool and veterinary laboratory.

He strives to get the best from each of his horses to make training an enjoyable and rewarding experience for their owners.

The handler is offering free travel to the racecourses within a 50-mile radius of his yard in a bid to attract potential owners this month.

For more information or to get in touch, visit lukedace.co.uk