Ralph Beckett is looking forward to saddling ante-post favourite Moonrise Landing in the £150,000 32Red All-Weather Marathon at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 25.
The five-year-old Dalakhani mare guaranteed her place in the very valuable two-mile contest with a comfortable four and a half-length victory over Anglophile (Charlie Appleby) in a Fast-Track Qualifier on Tapeta at Wolverhampton on December 12.
Owned by Peter Savill, she is unbeaten in three starts on the All-Weather, having also made short work of her rivals in a two-mile handicap at Kempton Park in November and scoring on debut over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park in March, 2014, both on Polytrack.
Moonrise Landing, out of Group Three winner Celtic Slipper, has been successful once from eight starts on turf, taking a 12-furlong Newmarket handicap in September.
Beckett, who is based near Andover in Hampshire, said: “Moonrise Landing had a break after her last win and has come back in good shape.
“We took her away for a gallop last week, which all went well, and we are looking forward to running her on Friday.
“The step up to two miles has been the making of her, although it is fair to say she has exceeded expectations.
“She is favourite and I hope the bookmakers are right!”
32Red Marathon – 32Red betting: 11/4 Moonrise Landing; 4/1 Anglophile, Notarised; 5/1 Ballyanty; 8/1 First Mohican; 12/1 Blue Surf, John Reel, Sunblazer; 14/1 Pearl Castle; 16/1 Shalaman; 25/1 Royal Marskell; 33/1 Monaleen; 66/1 Handsome Dan
The 13 entries for the 32Red All-Weather Marathon also feature Notarised (Mark Johnston), winner of a Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City on March 3, and the consistent John Reel (David Evans).
Jump trainers Kim Bailey and Alan King are represented by Sunblazer and First Mohican respectively. Sunblazer has won four of his last five starts on the All-Weather this winter, while First Mohican’s sole victory during the same period came in a 14-furlong handicap at Wolverhampton in December.
Other notables include Ballynanty (Andrew Balding), who looked unlucky when runner-up to Anglophile in a Fast-Track Qualifier on January 23, and Irish raider Shalaman (David Marnane).
Lingfield Park hosts seven great races for the climax of the All-Weather Championships on Good Friday, March 25, with prize money of £1.1 million.
Along with the bet365 Good Friday racecard at Wolverhampton Racecourse, which is worth £156,000, March 25 looks set to be the best day of All-Weather Racing ever hosted in Great Britain.