Charlie Appleby happy in California as Speckled wins Lingfield Park Listed race today in UK – Forgive wins first of 16 Win & You’re In races at Lingfield Park

All-Weather Championships at Lingfield Park – Thursday, October 31, 2013

 

News from the first Win & You’re In race and the other contests as the new and exciting All-Weather Championships continue. Kempton Park has a twilight meeting today.

 

Race 8, Ladbrokes Mobile Apprentice Handicap, 7f

One Way Or Another (6/1), trained by David Evans, finished strongly under Eoin Griffin to record a third course victory. The 10-year-old put three and three quarter lengths between himself and 3/1 joint-favourite Bassett Road, with the front-running Homeboy (8/1) a length further back in third.

 

Race 7, 3.50pm Coral App Download From The App Store Handicap, 1m 2f

The 3/1 favourite Modernism, trained by David Simcock and ridden by Jim Crowley, stayed on strongly to record his first success of the 2013 in a time of 2m 4.39s. The four-year-old Monsun gelding quickened nicely between horses approaching the final furlong and repelled the challenge of the Ismail Mohammed-trained Red Warrior (10/1) by a neck, with a further length back to Hector’s Chance (8/1). 11 ran.

 

Race 6, £40,000 Listed 32Red.com / Choose EBF Nominated River Eden Fillies’ Stakes, 1m 5f

13 went to post after no4. Souviens Toi (Marco Botti/Martin Harley) was taken out today (coughing). The German challenger, the Peter Schiergen-trained Lalandia, was among a strong field and finished 10th as Godolphin celebrated a 32/1 double on the day when Speckled (10/1) went clear two furlongs out and was not pegged back in the straight, scoring by a length and three quarters from 100/1 chance Livia’s Dream, with Phiz (8/1) a head back in third.

 

The Charlie Appleby-trained Speckled is a promising three-year-old Street Cry filly, who has now won two of her three races.

 

Appleby, speaking from California where he is saddling Outstrip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf tomorrow at Santa Anita, said: “Speckled is a nice filly and we thought she would run well today at Lingfield, although it was a big step up in class.

 

“She was beaten by two smart fillies on her debut at Wolverhampton and won her maiden at Kempton Park impressively.

 

“With that sort of profile, we could not be confident but I am delighted she has won this Listed race. Being by Street Cry, she was always going to be suited by synthetic surfaces.

 

“I listened to the commentary on my mobile. Speckled is a big, scopey filly and she will remain in training as a four-year-old.”

 

Silvestre de Sousa celebrated a 263/1 treble after earlier success abroad My Target and Forgive.

 

The in-form jockey remarked: “Speckled is a big filly and still a bit weak, so there will be more improvement to come.

 

“I was happy to let her bowl along and she did well when I asked her to quicken. She’s got no mileage and is a nice filly.”

 

Race 5, £40,000 Listed 32Red / EBFstallions.com Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes, 1m

All eyes were on the first Win & You’re In race for the £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday (April 18) next year. A full field of 12, included two overseas hopes, Moi Lolita (Andreas Helfenbein), trained by Markus Klug in Germany, and Collusiva (Martin Harley) from Italian trainer Giuseppe Botti’s Chantilly, France, base. They finished 12th and 11th respectively.

 

Forgive (7/1), owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing’s Spearmint Syndicate, led early under Silvestre de Sousa, enjoying a double on the day, after breaking from the number one stall but was soon headed by the Clive Brittain-trained Masarah.

 

The four-year-old Pivotal filly, trained by Richard Hannon, was third into the straight on the inside and rallied strongly to beat Galician (5/1 c/f), who came through to challenge Masarah (25/1), by a head, with a neck between the second and third. Enrol (5/1 c/f) was a further half-length in arrears in fourth. The winner’s time was 1m 35.48s.

 

Alex Smith of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing commented: “This success is very good because 16 of the 20 owners of Forgive are here today.

 

“Forgive was very brave. Silvestre de Sousa thought beforehand that there would be a lot of pace and was happy to settle her in behind the leader.

 

“Forgive travelled well all the way and got there when it mattered.”

 

Horses qualify for the six championship races on All-Weather Championships Finals Day 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.

 

The other route is to win one of the 16 Win & You’re In races which give guaranteed free entry into a specific race on Finals Day. Forgive, today’s winner of the 32Red / EBFstallions.com Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes, qualifies for the £150,000 32Red Fillies & Mares Stakes over seven furlongs on Good Friday.

 

It will be up to the filly’s new owner to decide whether to keep racing her as Forgive is due to be sold at the Tattersalls December Sales.

 

Race 4, 2.20pm £11,500 Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap, 7f

The progressive Roger Varian-trained three-year-old Giant’s Causeway gelding Horsted Keynes (5/6 fav), owned by Fitri Hay and partnered by Andrea Atzeni, succeeded for the third time in four outings when getting the better of Favourite Treat (8/1) in the closing stages to win by a half-length in a fast time of 1m 23.28s.

 

Race 3, 1.50pm 32Red On The App Store / Irish EBF Maiden (Div II), 7f

Paul Hanagan and Hamdan Al Maktoum enjoyed a double when Kafeel (5/2) asserted in the closing stages to overcome Maraayill (9/4 fav) and Pure Amber (8/1) by three quarters of a length and a nose. The winner, trained by Roger Varian in Newmarket, scored in 1m 24.84s.

 

Race 2, 1.20pm 32Red On The App Store / Irish EBF Maiden (Div I), 7f

My Target, trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin, made it third time lucky when the clear winner under Silvestre de Sousa. The two-year-old Cape Cross colt won by two and a half lengths from Soviet Courage, with Dance Of Heroes a short-head back in third. The winning time was 1m 24.53s and nine ran after Zerfaal, trained by John Gosden, owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum and with Paul Hanagan up, was withdrawn after being kicked at the start.

 

Race 1, 12.50pm 32Red Casino / British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Maiden 7f

There was a very tight finish to this two-year-old maiden, with the Mark Johnston-trained newcomer Muteela (12/1), a Dansili filly, rallying well to prevail from the Luke Morris-ridden Song Of Norway (4/1 jf) and another newcomer Shasta Daisy (10/1), who finished well for trainer Lady Cecil and owner Khalid Abdullah. There was a nose between the first and second, with a short-head back to the third. The winning time was 1m 25.18s and 12 ran. Muteela, owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, was partnered by Paul Hanagan.

 


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 thewww.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.

 

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