Dal Harraild (William Haggas/Paul Hanagan) decimated four rivals on his All-Weather debut tonight (Saturday, March 10) in the two-mile £20,000 totetrifecta Pick The 1,2,3 Conditions Race on Polytrack at Chelmsford City.
The winner is guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships over the same distance on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, March 30.
Dal Harraild, who has scored twice at Listed level and had not run since finishing sixth in the G2 Lonsdale Cup at York in August, soon led and was kicked clear by Paul Hanagan turning for home.
The five-year-old son of Champs Elysees drew away in tremendous style to triumph without any fuss by an eased-down 10 lengths from the consistent Curbyourenthusiasm (David Simcock/Stevie Donohoe).
William Haggas, who trains at Newmarket and has his horses in excellent form, commented: “Dal Harraild did it impressively.
“He loves top of the ground and he has matured since his last start.
“We were not planning to make the running, but they left him alone in front.
“It looks like we will be aiming him at the Dubai Gold Cup (G2, 2m turf, Meydan, March 31) as conditions there will suit him.”
The totetrifecta Pick The 1,2,3 Conditions Race was the final Fast-Track Qualifier of the 2017/2018 All-Weather Championships, which culminates at Lingfield Park on Good Friday.
Earlier in the day at Wolverhampton, Haggas was responsible for another Fast-Track Qualifier winner, as Second Thought captured the seven-furlong £50,000 Listed sunbets.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes on Tapeta.
Second Thought, unbeaten in six starts on the All-Weather, now goes for the £150,000 Sun Bets All-Weather Mile Championships on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30.
The trainer added: “Second Thought is a lovely horse – very genuine and kind.
“Ryan (Moore) had to get to work in the straight, but Second Thought responded well. He is a very versatile performer.”