Fashion Line out to extend winning sequence in Lincoln Trial

Fashion Line is chasing a course and distance hat-trick in the £50,000 Ladbrokes Lincoln Trial Handicap (2.55pm) over an extended mile at Wolverhampton on Saturday, March 8.


The Cape Cross filly finished second on her first two outings at Newmarket and Carlisle in June, 2013, but returned from a break with a decisive two and three-quarter length success in a Wolverhampton maiden on January 24.


The four-year-old, who is trained by Michael Bell in Newmarket, dead-heated with Sky Khan (Richard Guest) on her latest outing on February 20, having looked set to win comfortably in a Ladbrokes-sponsored handicap with a furlong to run. Promising apprentice Louis Steward retains the ride.


Bell said: “Fashion Line is a filly with a very progressive profile and is unbeaten at Wolverhampton, so we have got to be hopeful. The draw (10) is not ideal, but in theory it could be worse – we could be in 13.


“She is still relatively inexperienced and was probably a bit green in front last time. You have got to give Sky Khan some credit though because our filly wasn’t stopping, so he must have really picked up. In hindsight, with a couple of smacks a furlong out she might have won outright, but that’s nitpicking.


“She has got fractures in both of her front legs and has got screws in her front pasterns, so it’s a miracle she’s standing training really.


“I think she is capable of picking up a bit of black type in the future. After the Lincoln Trial, the plan is to run in a Listed race at Kempton on April 19.”


A maximum field of 13 is set to go to post for the Lincoln Trial Handicap, headed by the in-form Alfred Hutchinson (Geoff Oldroyd/Robert Tart), last year’s winner Strictly Silver (Alan Bailey/Robert Winston) and Irish raider Star Links (Shane Donohoe/Shane Kelly), who has won eight times at Wolverhampton.


David Barron will be represented by Cambridgeshire third Tres Coronas (Graham Gibbons), while Noble Citizen (Joe Doyle), who is chasing a four-timer after three victories at Southwell this year, is one of three runners for Newmarket handler David Simcock.


Wolverhampton’s seven-race card also features the £50,000 Listed Ladbrokes Lady Wulfruna Stakes (2.20pm, 10 runners) over seven furlongs, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Ladbrokes Mile on All-Weather Championships Finals Day.


The line-up includes  dual Group race scorer Highland Knight (Andrew Balding/David Probert), Chookie Royale (Keith Dalgleish/Tom Eaves), who scored by seven lengths on his latest start at the course on February 3, and Group Two Challenge Stakes fifth Gabriel’s Lad (Denis Coakley/Tom Queally).


Horses qualify for the six championships 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.


Lingfield Park Race Programme All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 18, 2014

13.45      £50,000 All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap (1m 4f)

14.20      £150,000 All-Weather Fillies’ & Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes (7f)

14.55      £150,000 32Red All-Weather Three-Year-Old Championships Conditions Stakes (7f)

15.30      £150,000 32Red Casino All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes (2m)

16.05      £150,000 All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes (6f)

16.40      £150,000 All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes (1m)

17.20      £200,000 Coral Easter Classic All-Weather Middle-Distance Championships Conditions Stakes (1m 2f)


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