Primrose blossoming ahead of Good Friday

Newmarket trainer Ed Vaughan is hoping Primrose Valley can crown a memorable winter campaign in the £150,000 Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint over five furlongs at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3.

The daughter of Pastoral Pursuits has won all four of her starts during this season’s championships and was last seen out when getting up in the dying strides to deny Harry Hurricane (George Baker) by a neck in a five-furlong Fast-Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton on March 14.

Primrose Valley followed up six-furlong handicap successes at Kempton Park and Lingfield Park when beating another likely rival, Merdon Castle (David Elsworth), in a five-furlong conditions race at Lingfield Park on February 27.

Vaughan reported today: “Primrose Valley is in good order and seems as well as she was going into her other races.

“She did a little bit of work on Saturday and I was pleased with her. The thing about her is that she only does enough and she will just do routine canters in the run up to Good Friday.

“Freddie (Tylicki, jockey) felt she was not as good around Wolverhampton as she was around Lingfield. It was a good performance because turning in and even a furlong out I was thinking maybe we had gone to the well too many times, but she showed real guts and determination to get up.

“I suppose she has got to be one of the market leaders because she has beaten everything put in front of her and is taking on most of the same horses.”

Vaughan and Primrose Valley’s owner/breeder Alan Pickering, recently elected the next vice-president of the Racehorse Owners Association and a great supporter of All-Weather Racing, had the close third of last year’s £200,000 Coral Easter Classic, Robin Hoods Bay, at the inaugural All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

There are 13 confirmations for the £150,000 Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint and Godolphin’s Portamento (Charlie Appleby) is the 15/8 favourite with the sponsor. Primrose Valley (3/1) is next in the market ahead of Harry Hurricane (7/1) and Merdon Castle (8/1), who won a Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City in February.

Other notables include Blue Aegean (Charlie Appleby, 10/1), who beat Mignolino (David Barron, 14/1) comfortably in a course and distance handicap on March 20, and the consistent Anonymous John (David Evans, 14/1).

Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint – sponsor bet: 15/8 Portamento; 3/1 Primrose Valley; 7/1 Harry Hurricane; 8/1 Merdon Castle; 10/1 Blue Aegean; 14/1 Anonymous John, Mignolino; 16/1 Apache Storm, Squats; 20/1 Lightscameraction; 33/1 State Of The Union; 40/1 Rita’s Boy; 50/1 Red Stripes

Final declarations for the seven races on £1.1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day will be made on Wednesday morning, April 1.

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