Dace targets big year for Echo Brava after Lingfield and Kempton wins

Echo Brava wins at Lingfield late in 2013
Echo Brava wins at Lingfield late in 2013

Training a winning racehorse takes skill and commitment, but the horse in question will need to be in great physical shape and level of fitness. West Sussex trainer Luke Dace certainly believes he is on to a winner in rising star Echo Brava, who at the tender age of four has seen some great wins on the track in the past few months and is displaying outstanding fitness levels.

Having won his last race of 2013 at Lingfield Park, ridden by Ross Atkison, before making a sterling start to the year with a win at Kempton Park, ridden by Serena Brotherton, the grey gelding looks set to up his game even further in 2014.

Due to run again this month, Dace hopes Echo Brava will secure his fifth race win, having run in just 18 races during his career to date.

Dace, a former professional jump jockey, said: “From the moment Echo Brava was brought to my yard by owner Mark Benton, I knew he showed real promise for a racing career.

“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.”

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

The trainer strives to get the best out of his horses to make training an enjoyable and rewarding experience for their owners. His goal for this year is to extend his client base and his string so he can train even more winning horses.

To attract new owners this month, Dace is offering free travel to the racecourses within a 50-mile radius of his Pulborough yard. Potential racehorse owners who would like to take advantage of this offer should contact Luke or Louise Dace via www.lukedace.co.uk