All-Weather Championships continue tomorrow when Clerk’s Choice goes for Lingfield Park double

All-Weather Championships continue tomorrow when Clerk’s Choice goes for Lingfield Park double

 

Three Class Two handicaps feature on a strong card at Lingfield Park tomorrow, Saturday, December 28, which, like every All-Weather fixture up to April 18, is part of the new All-Weather Championships that culminate in the £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday (April 18) next year.

 

Clerk’s Choice, sixth in the 2011 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, won for the first time on the All-Weather on December 22 over the same course and distance as tomorrow’s £19,000 two-mile 32Red Handicap (1.40pm) in which he has a 6lb penalty.

 

Trained by William Jarvis, the Michael Banks-owned seven-year-old has had two runs this season, staying on well to gain third in a 13-runner Class Four 12-furlong Kempton Park Handicap on November 20 – his first outing since April – and then coming with a strong run to get up in the closing stages of the Class Four 32 Red Handicap over an extra four furlongs on December 22 to beat Be Perfect a neck at Lingfield Park.

 

Clerk’s Choice is due to meet seven opponents on his sixth All-Weather run tomorrow at Lingfield Park, with top-weight Arch Villain, trained by Amanda Perrett and ridden by Jim Crowley, in good form as he beat Theology three quarters of a length at Kempton Park over two miles on November 20, with Shelford in fourth.

 

Jarvis said: “We are turning Clerk’s Choice out quickly after his recent win and he has to overcome a 6lb penalty but he is in good form and this £19,000 race is worth going for.

 

“He stayed the two miles well before Christmas and, if he remains in this sort of form, then I hope he can win again.

 

“Clerk’s Choice is a very versatile horse and we could always go back over hurdles if he becomes badly handicapped on the All-Weather.”

 

Hayley Turner takes over from Crowley on Clerk’s Choice and she rode the son of Bachelor Duke back in 2008 when Clerk’s Choice was placed twice on the All-Weather over a mile.

 

The two other Class Two races on tomorrow’s eight-race programme at Lingfield Park, which starts at 11.40am and concludes at 3.20pm, are the seven-furlong £14,000 32Red Casino Nursery (12.10pm – 9 runners) and the mile £19,000 Ladbrokes Handicap (1.10pm – 7 runners).

 

The latter contest includes the very consistent but luckless grey filly Galician, who has finished second or third on her six most recent starts including when a close third last time out in the Listed Coral App Download From The App Store Quebec Stakes over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park on December 21.

 

Horses qualify for the six championship contests on £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day (Good Friday, April 18, 2014) by running in a minimum of three races at Britain’s All-Weather tracks – three owned by ARC, Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton, and The Jockey Club’s Kempton Park – between October 26 and April 12 or else by succeeding in one of the 16 Fast Track Qualifiers.

 

For further information please contact:

Kate Hills        

ARC Director of PR and Communications

Mobile:  07813 947201

Email: khills@arenaracingcompany.co.uk

Web: www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

1. Arena Racing Company (ARC) owns three of the four All-Weather tracks in Britain at Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton and has injected more than £2 million extra into prize money during the new All-Weather Championships which run from October to April and include Kempton Park. The All-Weather Championships climax in the richest All-Weather card in Europe which will be held at Lingfield Park on Good Friday (April 18, 2014) when £1 million in prize money will be available. The Championships consist of six different categories, with races for Three-Year-Olds, Fillies & Mares’, Marathon, Sprint, Mile and Middle Distance. There are 59 upgraded races during the www.awchampionships.co.uk

 

2. The All-Weather Championships Finals Day is ranked in the top 10 Flat total prize fund racedays, and its positioning on Good Friday is expected to see a significant increase in Levy yields.

 

3. The All-Weather Championships are supported by partners Ladbrokes, bookmakers.co.uk, Coral and 32Red.com, plus media partner At The Races.

 

4. Arena Racing Company is the largest racecourse operator in the UK, hosting nearly 40% of the fixture list. Fifteen racecourses make up the group including Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester. The Group also manages Ffos Las in West Wales.

 

5. Every all-weather race run at Lingfield Park, Wolverhampton and Southwell is broadcast live on At The Races, media partner of the All-Weather Championships.

 

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