Record crowd at All Weather finals

The third All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday attracted a record crowd of 10,106 to Lingfield Park.
There was an impressive performance from odds-on Grendisar, trainer by Marco Botti ridden by Adam Kirby to take a seventh course win to take his first Finals Day victory. His jockey finished second to Luke Morris in the all-weather jockeys title, and was delighted with this important win.

Moonrise Landing and Jim Crowley on the left winning the

Moonrise Landing and Jim Crowley on the left winning the

Another excellent performance came when Moonrise Landing quickened up smartly to take the 32Red All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes in impressive style under an excellent ride from jockey Jim Crowley.

Ralph Beckett’s fast-improving mare was the 6/5 favourite to stretch her unbeaten record on artificial surfaces to four and Jim Crowley rode a patient race.
Anglophile took the lead before the home turn, with Ballynanty swiftly going in hot pursuit.

Crowley waited with Moonrise Landing before switching her into top gear and she flew past both horses to win by half-length success.

Jim Crowley said: “I had some traffic problems going down the hill. She likes to be held up and that’s why she runs her best races that way. Sometimes round here it isn’t ideal and although I was locked up, I was filling her up and she had a nice turn of foot.

“The first two went up the inside a bit but I was always comfortable we were within striking distance. It probably looked worse on the telly than it really was.”

Trainer Ralph Beckett said: “In a way we got away with it because I don’t think the track really suits her. She’s probably better on a flat and more galloping track.”

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