All Weather Championship Day takes place at Leafy this afternoon, so we ditch our deeply held Christian principles and go instead in pursuit of the Almighty Mammon.
“Woz ‘e talkin’ abart?” “Dunno, mate – just wish ‘e’d get orn wiv it”.
Most valuable race is the Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championship Conditions Stakes at the end of the card at 4.40 and this race features a re-match of the finish of the Winter Derby, in which Mr Owen was disqualified in favour of Master The World, with Battle of Marathon back in third.
Said to have ‘spooked’ at a shadow that day, Mr Owen certainly hampered the second, but did himself no favours either and although the result reversal was a formality, there’s a strong possibility that David Simcock’s charge will come out on top today.
Just favourite for the race is the William Haggas trained Victory Bond at 7-2, but this 5-y-o has been beaten on both visits to Lingfield and, with its esteemed trainer opining that this is not the right track for the horse, we’ll leave this one out.
We suggest an each way bet on Mr Owen at 4-1 generally, with a couple of firms going 9-2 and Bet365 offering ¼ odds.
The card opens with the Sunbets All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap at 1.30, with a maximum field of 14 due to go to post.
Well backed favourite for this is the Peter Hedger trained Silent Echo at 4-1 and it’s not hard to see why this 4-y-o is being supported. Having its first run for the yard since leaving Roger Charlton, Silent Echo finished a close 6th behind today’s opponent Eljaddaaf at the end of February, getting no run when it mattered. A mere half a stone better off with its conqueror today and all the better for the outing, we recommend an each way bash on this previous course winner.
Additionally, we suggest an each way bet on the Richard Fahey trained Gallipoli at 11-1. This horse, like our other selection, has been laid out for this race and has the services of the excellent Sebastian Woods, who is able to claim a valuable 5lbs.
The Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes at 2.00 is, surprise, surprise, over 2 miles and has a field of nine. We are very sweet on the chances of the only ‘laydee’ in the race and recommend an each way bet on Mountain Bell at 5-1.
The distaff side are out again at 2.30 for the 32Red All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes over 7 furlongs and Mr Haggas has the favourite in this with Diagnostic at 7-2. While we get the argument that this filly might be better suited to larger fields, the fact remains that she has been quite well beaten in both her starts this year and we much prefer an each way punt on David Simcock’s Soul Silver at 8-1. This 4-y-o has the look of a big improver and should give us a good run for the wonga under Oisin Murphy.
On we go to the 3.40, the 32Red 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes over 6 furlongs and here we strongly recommend a win bet on the favourite Corinthia Knight at 2-1. Nicely clear on the ratings and unbeaten this year, should be home and hosed given no foul-ups – Mr Murphy again can triumph.
Finally at 4.10 the Sunbets All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes looks a straight fight between Second Thought and Arcanada and we think that the Tom Dascombe trained Arcanada is the value at 11-4.
Back tomorrow with a tasty piece of Haddock.
Mr Owen 4.40 Lingfield e/w @ 4-1
Silent Echo 1.30 Lingfield e/w @ 4-1 (4 places)
Gallipoli 1.30 Lingfield e/w @ 11-1 (4 places)
Mountain Bell 2.00 Lingfield e/w @ 5-1
Soul Silver 2.30 Lingfield e/w @ 8-1
Intisaab 3.05 Lingfield e/w @ 8-1
Corinthia Knight 3.40 Lingfield win @ 2-1
Arcanada 4.10 Lingfield win @ 11-4