Godolpin has gained its fourth fast-track qualifier success, following Hidden Gold’s recent victory in the £19,000 32Red Conditions Stakes over an extended two miles on Tapeta at Wolverhampton. She automatically gains a place in the two-mile £150,000 32Red.com Marathon Championships on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3.
The regally-bred three-year-old filly, by Shamardal out of a half-sister to Galileo and Sea The Stars, is now unbeaten in three starts on the All-Weather having been triumphant on her previous two starts on the Polytrack of Lingfield Park, including in the Listed 32red.com/Choose EBF Nominated River Eden Fillies’ Stakes over 13 furlongs on October 30.
The 1/2 favourite was held up in the early stages before making significant progress as the field entered the home straight for the final time. She took up the running entering the final furlong and went on to record a cosy two-length success over Ted Spread (Suzy Smith/Luke Morris).
Winning rider Graham Lee said: “She is a nice filly and it all went pretty good.She can be a bit on and off but when this filly comes good, she is good. She has won quite tidily. Supposedly the key to her is that you cannot go in among horses, you have got to keep her out, so my biggest problem was making sure I didn’t get sucked into challenging on the inside.
“As I have come around to challenge, she has ended up doing it well. Everyone had said she would stay, although she may be happier at a mile and six furlongs. Thankfully it all worked out.”
Earlier in the evening, the £45,000 Coral Handicap (7.45pm) over an extended nine furlongs went to Earth Drummer (David O’Meara/Danny Tudhope), who scored by half a length from Spes Nostra(David Barron/Graham Gibbons). It was a first win on the All-Weather for the four-year-old at his fourth attempt.
Horses qualify for the seven championship contests on the £1.1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day (Good Friday, April 3, 2015) by winning a specified ‘Fast Track Qualifier’ or running in a minimum of three races at Britain’s five All-Weather tracks, Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton, owned by ARC, The Jockey Club’s Kempton Park and Chelmsford City, between October 30 and March 30.
Alternatively, one of the three qualifying runs can come at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse (dirt) or on the All-Weather surfaces at Ireland’s Dundalk and the French tracks of Cagnes Sur Mer, Chantilly and Deauville.