We move on to Lingfield on Friday, April 19th, for All-Weather Championships Finals day, where £1million in prize money is up for grabs.
French runners dominated last year when they won three races on the card and, once again, have some really good chances for the punter to look out for.
My preview will be concerned with seeking out the value in each of the AW Championships races.
1.30 Sun Racing All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap
A very competitive race to start the card, with the progressive Lion Hearted looking to follow up his win from last time out.
He is going up in grade but is in rude health and could be a good price to start us off with Mark Crehan having built up a good rapport with him.
2.00 All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes
As I have already mentioned, French runners did well last year and had a profitable level-stakes ratio at last year’s meeting, and this year it should be no different.
My nap of the day runs here in Amade. He was very impressive when he was first seen in England, at Kempton in January. He then went to Chelmsford on Match 7th March and was even more eye-catching.
He stays well and galloped all the way to the line last time. Lingfield will suit really well as the French horses tend to show a distinct late turn of foot.
2.30 All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes
Castle Hill Cassie is the selection for this race.
Ben Haslam, who trains this mare, nominated this race as her long-term target after she was second behind Island Of Life at Wolverhampton in early January. She gave Island Of Life 3lbs that day and they now race off level weights.
I think that Castle Hill Cassie won nicely over a longer distance last time out and, now, back to a fast-run 7 furlongs, it should really play to her strengths.
3.05 All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes
For me, this race should be all about how far Kachy wins.
He is like a bullet from a gun out of the stalls and should be able to pop out of stall eight here and make all again.
Rated 112 he is a quality all-weather performer and should take all the beating.
3.40 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes
Deep Intrigue is a typical Mark Johnston horse that will win but will never go too far up in the handicap. He only wins by a small margin and was very unlucky last time out when he raced keenly in second and did a little too much but ran on to be beaten a neck behind a smart horse called Fanaar.
He represents be solid each-way value in a competitive race.
4.15 Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes
Wissahickon is a very short-priced favourite here and is a worthy one.
The value here, though, could be in the stablemate of Wissahickon, Court House. The likelihood here is that he might make the pace for the favourite and the play could be the forecast.
4.45 All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes
Indyco is a very interesting runner here for French trainer Henri-Alex Pantall. He is a renowned trainer for Godolphin in France and this horse has shown a bright turn of foot in his last two races.
The pace of the race today will be crucial, but, for me, he is the each-way bet of the day as he has a nice draw, with the favourite drawn out wide in stall eleven.
- Amade 2.00
- Kachy 3.05
- Deep Intrigue 3.40
- Indyco 4.45