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2019 All-weather Championship Finals Day tips - Race-by-race selections for Lingfield's Good Friday feature meeting

Brian Healy 19 Apr 2019
It is All-weather Championship Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections and best bets for Lingfield's Good Friday feature meeting.

The pinnacle of the all-weather Flat season takes place at Lingfield on Good Friday as All-weather Champion Day unfolds with a seven-race card of quality horse racing action on the polytrack surface.

1:30 - Sun Racing All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 7f
2:00 - Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 2m
2:30 - Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 7f
3:05 - Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 6f
3:40 - Ladbrokes 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (3yo) 6f
4:15 - Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 1m2f
4:45 - Sun Racing All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 1m

A cracking afternoon awaits punters on Good Friday with a top-quality racecard featuring some potential stars of the season, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for the All-weather Champions Day racecard.

1:30 - Sun Racing All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap Cl2 (4yo+ 0-100) 7f


Despite taking a rise in class, it could be worth chancing on LIONHEARTED (9/2, William Hill) to continue his remarkable run, and Michael Appleby’s charge can strike again.

The Lope De Vega gelding struggled on turf in Ireland in a series of runs for Tom Collins prior to joining his current yard, and he has wasted no time in racking up a sequence of seven wins from eight starts on the all-weather on tapeta and polytrack, with his sole defeat coming on Southwell’s fibresand.

He is yet to tackle Lingfield, with his wins to date coming at Wolverhampton, Newcastle and Chelmsford; and he scored his last two wins at the latter venue, most recently beating Quick Breath by a half-length under a penalty.

This is a tougher grade, while he has another penalty to contend with; but given his current mood, it would be folly to discount him from finding another jolt of improvement, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see a bold show.


2:00 - Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 2m


On official ratings, AMADE (Evens, William Hill) has 6lbs in hand of his rivals in this contest, but he can compete off level weights with most and ought to be hard to beat from adding another win to his tally.

The Casamento gelding has won his last five starts, in France and on these shores, and he was last seen running out a ready winner over Elegiac at Chelmsford in March where he scored by an easy three lengths.

That form has been franked by the runner-up winning at Listed level since, and the Botti runner could still have further improvement to come having appeared to do the job easily last time. The step up to two miles has clearly had a very positive effect, and he has the beating of a couple of these from that last success.

The booking of Cristophe Soumillon for this outing is noteworthy, and the six-year old holds strong claims of registering another success and taking this valuable prize back to France again.

2:30 - Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 7f


CROSSING THE LINE (11/2, William Hill) has shown herself to be a very useful sort, winning five of her last eight starts, and Andrew Balding’s charge can register another win here.

The Cape Cross filly was last seen beating Glendevon at Kempton in March, scoring by a head having battled gamely to the line with the pair pulling clear of the others. 

Andrew Balding has his horses in good heart, and while she has to overturn a heavy defeat behind the reopposing Island Of Life at Wolverhampton on her previous outing back in January, she could prove equal to the task here and all her winning form has come on turf or polytrack so racing on this surface could help her to narrow the gap.

She possibly did too much in that Wolverhampton defeat, setting a strong gallop but backing out in the last furlong; but a switch to more patient tactics last time delivered a return to form, and she can back up that success here.

3:05 - Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 6f


KACHY (8/11, William Hill) has proved himself to be a high-class sprinter on numerous occasions, and Tom Dascombe’s charge can win again here.

The Kyllachy horse has plenty of good form on turf, including winning at Chester last May; but he has a fantastic record on the all-weather and he’s only once tasted defeat on an artificial surface which came behind City Light here last March in this corresponding race.

Having undergone wind surgery since finishing fifth behind Battaash at Goodwood last August in the Qatar Stakes, Tom Dascombe’s star has won both races since returning from a break, scoring at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day and then following up here with a defeat of Gorgeous Noora to win the Cleves Stakes impressively.

The runner-up has won a Listed race since, and he looks sure to prove a tough nut to crack as he bids to go one place better than he did twelve months ago in this race. He could be hard to catch from the front, and he should collect this prize.


3:40 - Ladbrokes 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (3yo) 6f


DEPUTISE (11/2, William Hill) has a four-month absence to overcome, but the Kodiac colt could be up to the task, and William Haggas’ charge has shown very useful form prior to his break.

A winner of four of his eight starts last campaign, three of those successes came on the all-weather at Newcastle and Wolverhampton, including his last outing where he ran out a narrow winner over the reopposing Shining Armor to score by a neck.

That race has thrown up three subsequent winners, although the overall form can be picked apart; nevertheless, he looks sure to have further improvement to come, and he remains thoroughly unexposed over this trip having appeared to thrive for the extra furlong in that last win despite showing plenty of speed over the minimum trip previously.

Assuming he is fully wound up ahead of this return to action from his four months off then it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world to see him going close, and he remains with potential.

4:15 - Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 1m2f


It is very hard to oppose the impressive WISSAHICKON (4/11, William Hill) who is unbeaten in five starts which includes the Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket last September, and John Gosden’s rising star is unbeaten at Lingfield.

The Tapit colt has won his last three starts here, in Listed and Group Three company, latterly impressively brushing aside Court House to win the Winter Derby. There appears to be no halting his progress at present, and he looks sure to continue to find further improvement in a race where he appears to hold all the aces.

He has already beaten three of these in past runs, and it is difficult to see where a reversal is going to come from if he arrives here in similar form. Given the ease in which he won the Winter Derby latest, this prize looks his for the taking, and it would be a shock if he were to somehow come up short.


4:45 - Sun Racing All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes Cl2 (4yo+) 1m


OH THIS IS US (9/2, William Hill) wasn’t seen to best effect at Wolverhampton last time, but Richard Hannon’s charge can quickly bounce back here and he is given another chance.

The Acclamation horse had won his previous start at this venue in February, beating Apex King by just over one length; but he was never able to get competitive over the shorter trip on tapeta last time out behind Above The Rest where here beat only one rival home in the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes.

He is better than he was able to show on that last outing, and a return to one mile on this track ought to prove a better match for his talents; he can do better here, and if able to reproduce the performance he delivered to win his last outing over this course and distance then he ought to go close.

2019 ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONS DAY TIPS - RACE BY RACE SELECTIONS


1:30 - LIONHEARTED (9/2, William Hill)

2:00 - AMADE (Evens, William Hill)

2:30 - CROSSING THE LINE (11/2, William Hill)

3:05 - KACHY (8/11, William Hill)

3:40 - DEPUTISE (11/2, William Hill)

4:15 - WISSAHICKON (4/11, William Hill)

4:45 - OH THIS IS US (9/2, William Hill)


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