Final Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton Park next Monday, March 31 – Wadham hoping Noble Silk can book Good Friday ticket

The 16th and final Fast-Track Qualifier for All-Weather Championships Finals Day takes place at Kempton Park next Monday, March 31.

 

The £19,000 Follow @BetVictorRacing On Twitter Conditions Stakes (5.00pm) over two miles is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Casino All-Weather Marathon Championship over the same distance at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 18.

 

There are 15 entries for the @BetVictorRacing On Twitter Conditions Stakes, headed by the Mark Johnston-trained pair of Blue Wave and Sir Graham Wade. Four-year-old Blue Wave has been a prolific scorer on at All-Weather this year, with four victories in handicaps, although he has yet to score beyond a mile and a half. Sir Graham Wade has never run on Polytrack but was a high-class handicapper and a Listed scorer on turf in 2012. Johnston could also be represented by Hunting Ground, a comfortable winner at Wolverhampton in January.

 

Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham is hoping Noble Silk can book his place in the final following an encouraging reappearance behind Litigant in the 32Red Conditions Stakes  (another Fast-Track Qualifier)  at Lingfield Park on March 1, a race in which Duchess Of Gazeley (Dean Ivory) finished third.

 

The five-year-old had not run since finishing down the field in a handicap at York in August, but stayed on powerfully to snatch second in the shadow of the post to be  beaten half a length.

 

Wadham revealed: “Noble Silk is an intended runner at Kempton Park on Monday. He came out of Lingfield well and is in good form.

 

“We were delighted with his performance there and I would say it was his best ever run. It was very pleasing, especially after a long break, and we were as happy as you could be without winning.

 

“We were pretty confident about him staying two miles as the family seem to stay very well.

 

“I’m not sure if he prefers the All-Weather to the turf, but it could be that he is a little bit better earlier on in the year. The jury is still out on that, but he is the most beautiful moving horse and does enjoy the surface.

 

“This race looks slightly more competitive than the last race, but I think the winner of that (Litigant) looks like a beautiful horse. He had a little bit less luck in running than we did, so it was a good performance to win.”

 

Winners on the All-Weather this winter who could line up on Monday also include Castilo Del Diablo (David Simcock), Mr Burbidge (Neil Mulholland), Villa Royale (Michael Appleby), Ordensritter (Chris Down) and Poitin (Harry Dunlop).

 

Paul Nicholls has entered the useful hurdler Ranjaan while Clowance Estate (Roger Charlton) and Glenard (Charlie Hills) are both very useful handicappers on turf but have not yet run on the All-Weather.

 

Lingfield Park Race Programme All-Weather Championships Finals Day,

Good Friday, April 18, 2014 – entries close for the six main races on April 1.

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

14.20 £150,000 32Red.com 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 bookmakers.co.uk All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes (6f)

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

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

 

The dedicated website www.awchampionships.co.uk has more details, including the leaderboards and the blog from Luke Morris.

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