Johnston’s two fast-track qualifiers

Trainer Mark Johnston made it two Fast-Track Qualifier victories on consecutive evenings when Watersmeet made all for a game victory in the €25,000 Race at Dundalk recently.

The North Yorkshire-based trainer, responsible for Notarised who won another Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City on March 3, now has two strong candidates for All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park, Good Friday, March 25.

Lingfield Park all-weather finals promise top class racing Photo: ARC

Lingfield Park all-weather finals promise top class racing Photo: ARC

Joe Fanning, who rode both horses to victory, sent Watersmeet, the 10/11 favourite in the field of five, straight into the lead. Watersmeet, a five-year-old grey son of Dansili, resisted two strong challenges in the straight, first from Mandatario (Jim Bolger/Kevin Manning, 3/1) and then from Political Policy (Gavin Cromwell/Ronan Whelan, 7/1) who came with a good run on the outside inside the final furlong.

But the British challenger ran on well and saw off Political Policy and Mandatario by a half-length and the same in 2m 18.15s for the 10 furlongs and 150y on Polytrack.

Fanning commented: “Watersmeet was just idling a bit up the straight – he can be a bit like that. Once they came to challenge him, he picked up and battled on. The second and third were nearly upsides me but I always felt my horse was just having a good look.

“Watersmeet is likely to be aimed at one of the races on Finals Day now. He stays further than this.”

The Race was the last of four Fast-Track Qualifiers for the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day and Watersmeet gained a free and automatic place in the 10-furlong race on Polytrack.


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