Lingfield Park is all set for a superb afternoon of racing on Good Friday this week, with a host of the season’s leading performers featuring among the entries for the £1.1 million All-Weather Championships Finals Day.
Among the strong entries are a large number of Fast-Track Qualifier winners, as well as international representation with horses from Ireland, France and Germany all entered.
Grendisar (Marco Botti) has proven to be one of the stars of the 2015/2016 All-Weather Championships and he heads 13 contenders for the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic (3.45pm) on Polytrack.
The son of Invincible Spirit was third behind subsequent Group One winner Tryster and Complicit (Paul Cole) in the very valuable 10-furlong contest on Good Friday last year but has looked better than ever this season and returns to Lingfield Park on the back of a pair of impressive course and distance victories.
Coral make Grendisar a 5/4 chance to win the Coral Easter Classic ahead of dual Listed winner Battalion (5/1, William Haggas) and 6/1 chance Maverick Wave, who was successful in the Group Three Huxley Stakes at Chester in May.
Newmarket-based Botti revealed: “Everything is going to plan with Grendisar and he is in great form. He did a piece of work this morning and it’s a case of so far, so good. The way he took his race in the Winter Derby was very pleasing and he couldn’t be better.
“My opinion is that Grendisar is more straightforward this season. He used to do naughty things, like not trying his best, but Adam Kirby said after the Winter Derby that he seems more genuine and is really putting everything into his races.”
The £150,000 Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships (3.15pm) has 15 entries, including all four Fast-Track Qualifier winners – Mister Universe (Mark Johnston), Captain Cat (Roger Charlton), who won the inaugural Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships in 2014, Big Baz (William Muir) and Captain Joy (Tracey Collins).
All four Fast-Track Qualifier scorers have also been entered in the six-furlong £150,000 Unibet All-Weather Sprint (2.10pm), which has 17 entries including 11 horses rated 100 or more.
A total of 11 entries for the £150,000 Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint Championships (4.15pm) over five furlongs includes Kadrizzi (6/1 with Unibet, Dean Ivory), Field Of Vision (12/1, Joe Tuite) and Gracious John (13/8 favourite, David Evans) who fought out the finish to a Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City on February 7.
Cold As Ice (William Haggas), a dual Grade Two winner in South Africa, headlines 11 entries in the £150,000 32Red.com Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships (1.40pm) over seven furlongs.
The four-year-old is Evens favourite with 32Red following three appearances during this season’s All-Weather Championships including an all-the-way success in Chelmsford City conditions race in December and a staying-on third behind Rivellino in the Unibet Cleves Stakes.