All-Weather Championships Finals Day 2021
Best bets for the All-Weather Championships Finals Day Lingfield 2nd April 2021
A nice day with two winners from the six races showing a profit to level stakes of +3.25
Good Friday 2nd April 2021 is All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park. I had a great day when it was last run back in 2019 and ended the afternoon +7.00 points to level stakes; hopefully I can have a similar day this year. Friday afternoon sees the culmination of the season with a seven-race card at Lingfield, featuring the six All-Weather Championship Finals, all being shown on ITV4.
2.00 2m Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes
Alan King likes an All-Weather runner and it should surprise no-one that he has a live chance in the shape of Rainbow Dreamer for this. Denied the chance to go for the race last season having put together a string of All-Weather wins the eight-year-old appears to be peaking perfectly this season. He has never actually run here but some of his best form is on the Polytrack at Kempton so all should be fine. At 9-4, which I took Thursday afternoon, he looks a solid bet for the opener to me. Ranch Hand won a FTQ at Chelmsford recently to get in and is perhaps the biggest danger but would need to improve again. Rock Eagle was second there beaten just a neck by Ranch Hand but though the Ralph Beckett horse has been aimed at this but he seems just shy of the quality required.
2.35 7f Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes
Indie Angel won a Fast-Track Qualifier, the Listed Fleur De Lys Fillies' Stakes over a mile back in October and was promptly put away waiting for this. She looks perhaps the banker of the day, priced as such I took a bit of the Evens Wednesday afternoon as for me it’s hard to oppose her and I fully expect the grey to win. Fizzy Feet is the one that might give her most to think about but will need to improve a few pounds again.
3.10 6f Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes
A wide-open affair with several in with chances here all being pretty consistent types. Harry's Bar, Lampang, Exalted Angel and Venturous are all considered. Interestingly, I think, the visor goes on Summerghand for the first time and he ran a fair race in fourth at Doncaster last weekend in the Listed Cammidge Trophy Stakes. Held-up out the back he was coming home best of all arguably not exactly getting the full treatment from David Nolan. Adam Kirby back in the saddle for this and I took the 6-1 earlier this week. Hold-up style is a slight concern but all being well he can take them all on the run-in.
3.45 6f Ladbrokes 3 Year Old All-Weather Chapionships Conditions Stakes
The Mighty Gurkha is the obvious place to start here the colt having run in some big races at the end of his two-year-old campaign including the G.2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Hollie Doyle rides again as she did when the pair won the Fast Track Qualifier at Kempton in January and the duo clearly get along. At 7-2 which I took earlier this week he is the selection. Diligent Harry will be jolly having won his first two starts and finished perhaps an unlucky second last time. That said blew the start here earlier this month and he won’t get away with that in this. Also, I am not convinced about the horses he has been beating, pretty much all fair handicappers at best. He’ll need to improve a few pounds again to win this. Apollo One won the Listed Spring Cup Stakes a few weeks back here over 7f to qualify for this and is an obvious danger but is perhaps better over that slightly longer trip. Zamaani is perhaps one for the places.
4.15 1m2f Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes
The £100,000 contest is the centrepiece of a seven-race card for All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Friday. Bangkok and Forest Of Dean are due to face off again. G.3 Winter Derby winner Forest Of Dean has an obvious chance having been progressing nicely over the winter but he has been beaten twice by Bangkok and though closely matched my preference is still for the Andrew Balding trained horse. I thought they’d go for the Winter Derby but they went to Riydah instead, not surprisingly he couldn’t live with the likes of Mishriff. Back on home soil and with nothing rated 122 lining-up here, I think the five-year-old can get back to winning ways. I have the 5-4 that was about on Wednesday afternoon.
4.45 1m Bombardier All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes
It’s a pretty open affair to finish with several in with chances. Silver Quartz has been winning out in France and is a feared raider from across the Channel. Khuzaam has been heading the market and is shortening having won last month at Chelmsford over 7f as a warm-up for this. Was a beaten favourite at Kempton and then Deauville at the back end of last season though looking like a tricky ride; might need to be put in front right on the line. Mums Tipple won nicely at Wolverhampton over seven last time and is another considered though Ryan Moore aint riding here. The gelding should get the trip though it is a bit of an unknown being his first try back at the trip since his one previous effort when last in the 2,000 Guineas eleven months ago. Fox Duty Free was proving a real handful whilst with Andrew Balding but moved to Ralph Beckett last autumn and promptly notched a hat-trick, all here over 7f and a mile in late 2020 and having qualified was then put away for the winter with this in mind; Ralph Beckett stating on his website in January this was the aim. He was improving at a rate of knots and though would need to do so again to win as a lightly raced four-year-old he should be able to do so. I have taken a speculative punt on him at the rather tasty 11-1 each-way BOG this morning.