All-Weather Championships Finals Day: There are 77 horses declared to run (including two reserves) across the seven races for the third £1.1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday 25th March.
The richest race of the day is the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic (3.45pm, 10 runners) over 10 furlongs on Polytrack.
Grendisar (Marco Botti/Martin Harley) is the favourite with Coral after an easy victory in the Group Three Coral Winter Derby over the course and distance on 27th February. Runner-up Maverick Wave (John Gosden/William Buick) reopposes, along with Listed winner Fire Fighting (Mark Johnston/Fran Berry) and Complicit (Paul Cole), who were sixth and seventh respectively.
The line-up also features Watersmeet (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning), winner of a Fast-Track Qualifier at Dundalk, course scorer Battalion (William Haggas/Pat Cosgrave) and French raider Metropol (Pia Brandt/Theo Bachelot).
Top sprinters Lancelot Du Lac (Dean Ivory/Robert Winston) and Goken (Kevin Ryan/Graham Lee) head a maximum field of 12 for the £150,000 Unibet All-Weather Sprint (2.10pm) over six furlongs.
Lancelot Du Lac is the market leader with Unibet on the back of impressive victories in handicap company at Kempton Park and a five-furlong Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City on 2nd January.
Goken made the perfect start for trainer Kevin Ryan with a decisive length and a half victory in the Listed Unibet Golden Rose Stakes over the course and distance in November. The son of Kendargent was a dual Group Three winner in France when trained by Henri-Alex Pantall.
Adam Ryan, assistant to his father Kevin, said: “Goken is in great order. It was his first run for us last time out and he was very impressive. He had a break after that and came back looking fantastic. His work has been very good and we are really looking forward to Good Friday.
“They did a great job with him in France, but he was on the go for quite a while and the plan was always to get a win into him before having a break. He is very straightforward and doesn’t really take too much to get ready.
“The favourite Lancelot Du Lac has got Group One form and is clearly very talented. Then you have got a lot of good All-Weather specialists, which will make it difficult, but our horse is proven on the surface, has a great draw, and could still be improving because he is only a four-year-old.”
Alben Star (Richard Fahey/David Nolan) landed the inaugural Unibet All-Weather Sprint Championships in 2014 and was runner-up last year. Rivellino (Karl Burke/Dougie Costello) was third in 2014 and booked his place for this year’s race with a smooth success over German raider Gamgoon (Mario Hofer/Martin Harley) in a Fast-Track Qualifier over the course and distance last month.
Realize (Stuart Williams/Andrea Atzeni) drops back in trip after winning two valuable seven-furlong handicaps at Lingfield Park, while Lightscameraction (Gay Kelleway/Luke Morris) steps up a furlong after winning the Listed Unibet Hever Stakes.
1.40pm £150,000 32Red All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’, 7f
Cold As Ice (William Haggas/Pat Cosgrave), a dual Group Two winner in her native South Africa, heads 10 runners for the 32Red All-Weather Fillies And Mares’.
The four-year-old captured a valuable seven-furlong conditions race at Chelmsford City in December and looked a shade unlucky when third in the six-furlong Unibet Cleves Stakes last time out. She is the favourite with 32Red.
Her main rivals appear to be Volunteer Point (Mick Channon/Graham Gibbons), who captured a Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City, course scorer Saucy Minx (Amanda Perrett/Jim Crowley) and Alfajer (Marco Botti/Andrea Atzeni).
2.40pm £150,000 32Red All-Weather Marathon, 1m 7f 169y
Impressive Wolverhampton Fast-Track scorer Moonrise Landing (Ralph Beckett/Jim Crowley) tops 13 runners for the 32Red All-Weather Marathon over just short of two miles. She is the favourite with 32Red.
Notarised (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning) and Anglophile (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle) both captured Fast-Track Qualifiers last time out, while Sunblazer (Kim Bailey/William Twiston-Davies) has won his last three starts all in handicaps. Other notable contenders include John Reel (David Evans/John Egan) and Ballynanty (Oisin Murphy), representing last year’s winning trainer Andrew Balding.
3.15pm £150,000 Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile
Sovereign Debt (Dandy Nicholls/Adrian Nicholls) and Mindurownbusiness (Roger Varian/Jim Crowley) feature among 12 runners in the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile. The pair contested the race last year, with Sovereign Debt finishing second after encountering trouble in running and Mindurownbusiness disappointing in ninth.
A strong field also features the four winner of the Fast-Track Qualifiers, Captain Cat (Roger Charlton/George Baker), winner of the race in 2014, improving four-year-old Mister Universe (Mark Johnston) and dual Listed scorer Big Baz (William Muir/Martin Dwyer). Irish raider Captain Joy (Tracey Collins/Pat Smullen), who was third last year, also returns.
4.15pm £150,000 Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint All-Weather, 5f
Gracious John (David Evans/John Egan) is the favourite for the Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint All-Weather after winning two of his three starts this winter. His only defeat came last time out when he was third to Kadrizzi (Dean Ivory/Robert Winston) in a Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City in February, after which he was found to be lame.
The nine runners also feature Wolowitz (David Barron/Graham Gibbons), who is three from three on the All-Weather, Wolverhampton Fast-Track scorer Quatrieme Ami (Charlie McBride/Daniel Tudhope) and the in-form Aguerooo (Richard Hannon/Kieran O’Neill).
4.45pm £150,000 32Red All-Weather Three-Year-Old Mile, 1m
Haalick (Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni) heads nine runners in the 32Red All-Weather Three-Year-Old Mile. The son of Roderic O’Connor came out on top in the Listed 32Red Cup, a Fast-Track Qualifier, at Lingfield Park last time out.
Godolphin took the spoils with Four Seasons 12 months ago and relies on Race Day (Saeed bin Suroor/James Doyle) this time around. Other notable contenders include course and distance winner Special Season (William Haggas/Pat Cosgrave) and Cape Speed (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning), who has won his last three starts.