The third season of the All-Weather Championships gets underway at Lingfield Park on Thursday, October 29 with an eight-race programme featuring the first Fast-Track Qualifier.
The £40,000 Listed 32Red/ebfstallions.com Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes (3.20pm, 12 runners) takes place over a mile and is a Fast Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red.com All-Weather Fillies’ & Mares’ Championships on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 25.
James Tate has two contenders led by All-Weather specialist Lamar (Luke Morris), who has not run since trailing down the field in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.
The four-year-old enjoyed an excellent campaign during the 2014/15 All-Weather Championships, winning twice and finishing second three times including when going down by a neck in the 32Red.com Fillies’ And Mares’ Championship on Good Friday.
Taaqah (Pat Cosgrave) is Tate’s other representative and the three-year-old is coming in on the back of a good second in a mile Listed race at Hanover, Germany, on September 13.
Tate said: “Lamar is in great form. She did a racecourse gallop at Chelmsford a couple of weeks ago and this has been her target since we gave her a break after Royal Ascot.
“She loves the course and distance and we are expecting another big run.
“She will go to stud at some point and I expect we will take it race by race with her.
“It was a season’s best run last time from Taaqah in the first time blinkers and she is in particularly good form.
“She has got plenty of talent but it just depends on what she is prepared to give us. I suppose we are relying on the blinkers working again.
“She is also going off stud but as with Lamar no date has been set and it will be race by race.”
Also set to line up are Dusky Queen (Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan), a Listed winner at Chester in July plus Pack Together (Richard Hannon/Sean Levey) and Alfajer (Marco Botti/Hayley Turner), who also boast Listed form having finished second and third respectively in the October Stakes at Ascot.
Rekdhat (Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni) was last seen out in Turkey when runner-up in the Group Three Istanbul Trophy at Veliefendi on September 5. Two fillies stepping up in class are Invoke (Keith Dalgleish/Tom Queally), who recorded four victories in fillies’ handicaps on turf during the summer and Clarentine (Ed Dunlop/Graham Gibbons) who has been successful on her latest two starts in Polytrack handicaps at Lingfield Park and Chelmsford City.
Godolphin is represented by Very Special (Saeed bin Suroor/Oisin Murphy), successful on two of her three starts but not seen out since scoring on Polytrack at Kempton Park in April.
Thursday’s card also features the £40,000 32Red.com/EBF Stallions River Eden Stakes (2.20pm, 13 runners) over a mile and five furlongs. Alwilda (Sir Mark Prescott/Luke Morris) heads the declarations. The programme runs from 12.50pm through to 4.20pm. The 32Red Casino/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes has split into two divisions (12.50pm and 1.20pm), with a maximum field of 14 set to contest both races.