All-Weather Championships reports from Lingfield Park & Kempton Park

 All-Weather Championships Report

Lingfield Park, Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2.35pm £19,000 Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap, 1m 2f, Polytrack

There was a thrilling finish to the 10-furlong Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap, with the Richard Fahey-trained Spirit Of The Law (14/1), ridden by apprentice George Chaloner, holding on by a nose from Lowther (16/1). The 3/1 favourite Marshgate Lane finished third of the 10 runners, a length and a quarter behind the second.

The main race of the day at Lingfield Park, with prize money of £19,000, was run in a time of 2m 2.58s.

Fahey commented: “Spirit Of The Law has had a long Flat season and this was his third win of the year. I had planned to give him a break after today’s run but we will see.

“The new All-Weather Championships seem to be generating some bit of excitement. I would like to think I would have a runner on All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday but it has all been a bit of rush this season and we will be better organised next time around.”

Spirit Of The Law was the 164th British winner of the year for the North Yorkshire trainer, while Chaloner needs just one more success to reduce his apprentice claim from 5lb to 3lb.

 Mull Of Killough May Go For Coral Winter Derby

 Newmarket-based trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam, successful at Lingfield Park today with the Ted Durcan-ridden Jungle Bay in the Compare Bookmakers At Handicap (1.30pm), revealed afterwards that her stable star, Mull Of Killough, could race in the Group Three Coral Winter Derby on March 22 at Lingfield Park.

Last time out, Mull Of Killough finished a close fourth in a blanket finish to the Group One Emirates Stakes over a mile at Flemington, Australia, on November 9.

Chapple-Hyam said: “He ran well and is back home now – he is turned out today and has a good hour on the walker in the mornings.

“He will either come here for the Winter Derby or go for the Earl Of Sefton (at Newmarket in April).

“Mull Of Killough finished fifth in the Singapore Cup and went to Chicago for the Arlington Million so he got a lot of air miles this year.

“He is turning eight so we have got to look after him and pick his races, but he is thriving.”

All-Weather Championships Report

Kempton Park, Wednesday, November 27, 2013

6.00pm £40,000 Listed £500 Free Bets At Betdaq Wild Flower Stakes 1m 4f Polytrack

Trainer William Knight enjoyed success with Aussie Reigns and fourth place with Modernstone, his two runners, in the £40,000 Listed £500 Free Bets At Betdaq Wild Flower Stakes (6.00pm) over a mile and a half on Polytrack at Kempton Park on Wednesday, November 27.

Three-year-old Aussie Reigns, who has improved more than 20lb this year, was held up sixth of the seven runners by Andrea Atzeni.

The 8/1 chance moved up entering the straight and came with a strong run to lead a furlong out.

Aussie Reigns gained a decisive advantage and finished a length ahead of Dick Doughtywylie at the line, with three quarters of a length to the third Banoffee and a half-length to Modernstone. His time was 2m 32.79s for 12 furlongs on Polytrack. The 7/4 market leader Fattsota came home last.

The three-year-old son of Aussie Rules finished third the previous time to the highly-regarded Pethers Moon in the Listed Winners Are Welcome At Betdaq Floodlit Stakes over the same course and distance on November 6.

William Knight commented: “I was really pleased with Aussie Reigns. He seems to have improved as he has stepped up in trip.

“It was a good performance tonight even though it was probably not the strongest of Listed races.

“He has won it quite convincingly. He needs to come through horses as that keeps him interested and Andrea (Atzeni) rides him very well.

“Aussie Reigns has good form on turf as well as the All-Weather. He will hopefully be invited to go to Dubai now because I think he will be suited to the racing out there.

“I would like to get him qualified for the All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday so it is a shame this race was not a Win & You’re In contest.

“He would need to have one more run on the All-Weather and we will have to see if we can fit that in.”

Horses qualify for the six championship contests on 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 Win & You’re In races.

7.00pm £19,000 Betdaq 1st UK Race Commission Free Handicap 6f Polytrack

Lancelot Du Lac, who finished third to Valbchek in the Listed Best Odds At Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield Park on November 16 (a Win & You’re In race), did the form no harm by winning well.

The three-year-old Shamardal colt, trained by Dean Ivory and carrying second to top-weight of 9st 5lb, was ridden confidently by Jim Crowley, coming from off the pace to lead just inside the final furlong.

The winning margin was three quarters of a length and Lancelot Du Lac took the six-furlong Betdaq 1st UK Race Commission Free Handicap in 1m 11.28s.

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