Tomorrow’s horse racing action sees the Lingfield Park Polytrack surface play host to the richest All-Weather racecard ever staged in Europe, with an attractive one million pound total prize pool.
The AW Finals on Good Friday draws an exciting season to a close having had some top-notch meeting from Kempton Park, Southwell, Wolverhapmton and of course Lingfield since the season commenced in October.
Let’s take a look ahead to tomorrow’s racecard and see where the value can be had in the betting markets.
1.45 – Apprentice Handicap
James Eustace was a big supporter of jockey Jason Tate until injury forced the latter’s retirement, and it’s pleasing to see the Master of Park Lodge continuing in traditional vein by employing Tate’s son Ryan. The partnership looks to have an excellent chance of hitting the mark with Scottish Star, who just failed to complete a hat-trick at the venue on his latest start.
The selection tends to idle when in front, and that may help mask the extent of his recent improvement. In addition, no jockey in this contest has more track knowledge that Tate, and that all adds up to a tempting bet.
2.20 – Fillies’ & Mares’ Championship
Interception and Fashion Line stand out amongst a bunch of worthy, but exposed rivals. Neither has enjoyed the best of luck with the draw, which complicates matters, while the former is also making her seasonal return.
Jamie Spencer isn’t every punter’s cup of tea, but he is not lacking in tactical nous, and can be expected to get the best out of the improving Fashion Line, who looked a tad unlucky in a warm affair at Wolverhampton last time. The drop to 7f is a slight doubt, but her class should take her very close.
2:55 – 3-y-o Championship
Ertijaal held off the strong challenge of American Hope in the Spring Cup over C&D last month, and will be a warm order to uphold that form, particularly with the latter a bit disappointing last time. Mike Murphy’s charge had excuses there, however, and will appreciate the drop in trip in what should be a well-run race.
He impressed with the way he finished off behind the favourite, and while Ertijaal was better than the bare form, it’s also true to say that the selection remains open to improvement, and is entitled to be bang there again. He’s sure to be an each-way price, and should be played accordingly.
3.30 – Marathon Championship
Litigant has blossomed since returning from absence for Seamus Durack, and looks one of the strongest bets of the weekend, having won cosily over C&D last month despite meeting trouble in running.
He clearly stays the trip well, but was still able to show a decisive turn of foot on that occasion, and looks to hold all the trump cards in this marathon contest.
4.05 – Sprint Championships
Lancelot du Lac was a most progressive sprinter for Dean Ivory last year, and caught the eye on his return at Kempton. He can be expected to improve for that sighter, and looks just the type to take his game to a higher level still in 2014.
He’s well berthed to slot in behind the pace, which should be a frantic one, and he can pick of tiring leaders with his trademark late burst.
4.40 – Mile Championship
Captain Cat doesn’t boast the pedigree of an all-weather performer, especially at a mile, but Roger Charlton’s 5-y-o has clicked since tried on polytrack last autumn, and his once patchy profile looks a thing of the past.
Taken out of the Lincoln due to the going, he will be better served by the surface at Lingfield, and remains unexposed despite his age. The son of Dylan Thomas is an imposing physical specimen, and can take this rich prize on his way to even better things.
5.20 – Easter Classic
Several who met in the Winter Derby last month clash again, with Grandeur on something of a retrieval mission after his flop when favourite for that event.
He had Robin Hoods Bay, Aussie Reigns and Dick Doughtywylie in front of him there, but the combination of first-time headgear and a car-park draw combined to undo his chances, and he’s taken to redeem his reputation with a kinder stall position and with the cheekpieces discarded. With his recent eclipse fresh in the mind, he may go off at more generous odds than his overall form merits.
As ever, we’ve got all the racing action covered in the horse racing betting section of our main site, feel free to head over and check out the odds for the main event in Good Friday’s racing schedule.