West Sussex trainer Philip Hide is hoping Uramazin can step forward again in the £19,000 32Red Conditions Stakes at Lingfield Park this Saturday, February 28. Run over just short of two miles, it is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Marathon on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3.
Uramazin has had two improved runs over the course and distance during the All-Weather Championships, most recently taking second behind Anglophile in a Fast-Track Qualifier on January 21.
The nine-year-old had previously recorded a decisive half-length victory over Planetoid(Jim Best) in a £19,000 handicap on December 28, which was his first victory since landing a nine-furlong Group Two on turf at Sha Tin, Hong Kong, in February, 2010.
Philip Hide, who trains at Findon, said: “I need to speak to Sean (Woods, owner) but the plan is to run Uramazin at Lingfield as there is a nice gap between Saturday’s race and the Marathon final.
“He is very good at the moment and needs to have a run. There are not too many options for him and, although there are a couple more highly-rated among the entries, I am hoping we can get a bit more out of him.
“He is a nine-year-old and I know it sounds crazy to say that, but he gets the trip well and he has historically been rated a lot higher than what he is now. I think he has a bit more up his sleeve than we have been seeing.
“He has got toe but when George Baker rode him over 12 furlongs at Wolverhampton, he thought he would get further.
“It is difficult holding a horse up over a mile and a quarter when everything is quickening and you are trying to make up three or four lengths. At least over two miles, it should not matter what pace they go because he can switch off and hopefully close them down.”
Godolphin has claimed both Marathon Fast-Track Qualifiers so far, courtesy of Anglophile and Hidden Gold. It has three entries this time around, headed by Ladbrokes St Leger fifth Marzocco (John Gosden). Charlie Appleby has two contenders in Gold Trail, who is chasing a four-timer, and Listed winner Pinzolo.
Other notables include John Reel (David Evans), who has won three of his last four starts, and the consistent Double Discount(Tom Dascombe).
A seven-race programme at Lingfield Park starts at 1.50pm and finishes at 5.15pm.