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, March 25.
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 11/10 favourite with Coral after an easy victory in the Group Three Coral Winter Derby over the course and distance on February 27. 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).
Coral Easter Classic – Coral prices: 11/10 Grendisar; 9/2 Maverick Wave; 5/1 Battalion; 8/1 Fire Fighting; 14/1 Watersmeet; 20/1 Complicit, Metropol, Winterlude; 25/1 Man Of Harlech; 40/1 Political Policy
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 2/1 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 January 2.
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.
Unibet All-Weather Sprint – Unibet prices: 2/1 Lancelot Du Lac; 4/1 Goken; 10/1 Alben Star, Realize, Rivellino; Spring Loaded (reserve); 16/1 Boom The Groom, Chookie Royale, Gamgoom, Lightscameraction; 20/1 Intransigent, Jamesie (reserve); 33/1 Bosham, Russian Soul
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 4/6 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).
32Red All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ – 32Red prices: 4/6 Cold As Ice; 5/1 Volunteer Point; 8/1 Alfajer; 10/1 Saucy Minx; 20/1 Primrose Valley; 25/1 Secret Hint; 33/1 Bint Dandy; 40/1 Subtle Knife; 50/1 Skidby Mill; 66/1 Diamond Lady
2.40pm £150,000 32Red All-Weather Marathon, 1m 7f 169y
Impressive Wolverhampton Fast-Track scorer Moonrise Landing (pictured)(Ralph Beckett/Jim Crowley) tops 13 runners for the 32Red All-Weather Marathon over just short of two miles. She is the 2/1 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.
32Red All-Weather Marathon – 32Red prices: 2/1 Moonrise Landing; 4/1 Notarised; 5/1 Anglophile; 6/1 Ballyanty; 10/1 First Mohican; 12/1 Sunblazer; 14/1 John Reel; 25/1 Blue Surf, Shalaman; 33/1 Pearl Castle, Monaleen; 66/1 Royal Marskell; 125/1 Handsome Dan
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.
Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile – Ladbrokes prices: 2/1 Mindurownbusiness; 11/4 Sovereign Debt; 11/2 Mister Universe; 7/1 Captain Cat; 10/1 Big Baz, Captain Joy; 20/1 Lunar Deity; 33/1 Jammy Guest, Si Senor; 40/1 Arnold Lane, Seanie; 66/1 Forceful Appeal
4.15pm £150,000 Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint All-Weather, 5f
Gracious John (David Evans/John Egan) is the 6/4 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).
Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint All-Weather – Unibet prices: 6/4 Gracious John; 3/1 Wolowitz; 6/1 Kadrizzi, Quatrieme Ami; 12/1 Aguerooo; 16/1 Field Of Vision; 25/1 Sign Of The Kodiac; 50/1 Illegally Blonde; 66/1 Krystallite
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.
32Red All-Weather Three-Year-Old Mile – 32Red prices: 7/4 Haalick; 7/2 Race Day; 9/2 Cape Speed, Special Season; 10/1 Bear Faced; 16/1 Sea Of Flames; 33/1 Bernie’s Boy; 40/1 Yeah Baby Yeah; 50/1 Beleave