Thursday, 17 April 2014

All-Weather Champs Finals Day: Southwell Form

In 24 hours time over 80 runners will be gearing up for what will for most of them be, the most valuable race they've ever competed in, including a host of previous Southwell runners, some with strong claims at victory on the All-Weather Championship Finals Day card at Lingfield Park Racecourse.

Check out a few of the runners on tomorrow's card that have put in an impressive performance or two on the Fibresand during the course of the Champs this season, all fully deserving of their crack at that £1 million prize fund.

Race 1
Honoured - has only ran at Southwell during the Championships and boasts 3 wins from 7 races on the Fibresand.
The Lock Master - according to the current market, the best chance of a previous Southwell winner going in at Lingfield on Finals Day. Having not been able to get his head in front in Class 4 & 3 company, this 7 year old won one of our Class 2's a shade cosily. It'll be a big day for his jockey, apprentice Ali Rawlinson, who's burst on to the scene this year, picking up winners frequently at the all-weather tracks.

Race 2
Hannah's Turn - another with a good chance tomorrow, a real Southwell track specialist, placed on 6 of 7 All-Weather Champs runs on the Fibresand, including 2 victories. Yet to win at any other racecourse, tomorrow would be a very good time to start though and the market reflects a bit of support for this horse, that will be ridden by All-Weather Champs ambassador, Luke Morris.

Race 3
Captain Secret - two wins from two runs on the Fibresand, and goes to Lingfield on the back of three straight victories looking to make it a four timer. Having won previously at the other 3 UK all-weather tracks, she's just got Lingfield to tick off the list. 
Oriental Relation - 3 All-Weather Championship victories, with 1 of these coming on the Fibresand. Tom Queally gets the mount on this 3 year old for the first time.

Race 4
Arr' Kid (pictured below, leading the pack) - 2 starts have brought 2 wins at Southwell, with a combined winning distance of 21 lengths, although not as effective off the Fibresand. Arr' Kid is one of only two runners for Keith Dalgleish tomorrow, partnered again by Tom Eaves.
Masterful Act - having won a Class 2, 3, 4 & 5 on the Fibresand, it's no wonder people consider Masterful Act to be a Southwell specialist, his only other racecourse win came at Wolverhampton a few years ago. Alan McCabe's only runner for the day.

Race 5
Even Stevens - 3 All-Weather Championship races at Southwell have yielded a Class 3 victory and a Class 2 second place, like McCabe this is Scott Dixon's only runner and a repeat performance of his Class 2 victory at Wolverhampton, or Class 3 victory here should see him run better than his outsider price.

Race 6
Frontier Fighter (pictured below) - 3 Southwell wins in 2014 (two Class 3's & a Class 2), the now David O'Meara trained 6 year old was far from disgraced when only 2 and a quarter lengths behind the winner at Lingfield in a Class 2 in January.

Race 7
Thatchmaster - won on his Fibresand debut in a Class 5, although didn't perform on his other two starts at Southwell. A Class 3 victory at Wolverhampton gives the 4 year old some hope however.

Let's hope a couple of Southwell winners can get their nose in front where it counts at Lingfield Park tomorrow and claim their share of this extraordinary all-weather prize fund.

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