Irish handler Tracey Collins has two horses – Captain Joy and Nivvo – qualified for All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, March 30.
The £1-million Polytrack raceday brings the curtain down in style on the fifth season of the All-Weather Championships, which commenced at Newcastle on October 24.
All-Weather veteran Captain Joy has the chance to become the first two-time winner of the £150,000 Sunbets All-Weather Mile Championships. The nine-year-old defeated Sovereign Debt by a half-length to take the spoils in 2016, but did not line up last year.
Captain Joy, now a nine-year-old, has won 10 of his 21 starts on the All-Weather. He is coming in fresh for the race, having not raced since capturing a Fast-Track Qualifier over a mile on Polytrack at Dundalk, Ireland, on January 12.
Nivvo has won her last two starts and guaranteed her place in the £150,000 32Red All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships, run over seven furlongs, when landing a Fast-Track Qualifier over the same distance at Dundalk on March 9.
Collins said today: “Both horses are in great form.
“Captain Joy definitely travels over, whereas we will make a decision about Nivvo with her owners over the next day or two.
“Captain Joy was never going to run again before Good Friday once he had qualified.
“He is getting that bit older so we wanted to wait and have been very happy with him.
“He will be racing for £150,000 and has done well to get there.
“We will see what the entries look like over the weekend, but he is in great form and won’t lack for any enthusiasm.”
Entries for the six championship races on Good Friday, plus the £50,000 Sunbets All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap, will be revealed this Saturday, March 24.