All-Weather Championships Media Release - Bangkok favourite as 17 go forward for Betway Winter Derby
The 10-furlong Polytrack contest, one of the highlights of the All-Weather Championships, is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the course and distance on Finals Day, Good Friday, April 10. Bangkok (Andrew Balding) is the 2/1 favourite with Betway following a dominant success on his All-Weather debut in the Listed Betway Winter Derby Trial on February 1, when he defeated last year's Betway Winter Derby runner-up Court House by four and a half lengths.
Bangkok winning the Betway Winter Derby Trial Court House is one of three contenders for John Gosden. Britain's champion trainer is also responsible for leading fancies Dubai Warrior, who impressed over the course and distance in the Listed Betway Quebec Stakes in December, and eye-catching Wolverhampton conditions race victor Global Giant.
Gosden captured the Betway Winter Derby in 2019 with Wissahickon. French handler Henri-Francois Devin is considering a cross-Channel raid with Villa Rosa.
The five-year-old gained her biggest victory to date in the G3 La Coupe at Maisons-Laffitte in September and was last seen out when fifth in the G2 Prix Dollar at Longchamp on October 5, both over 10 furlongs.
She is a 10/1 chance with Betway.
Devin said: "Villa Rosa is is going to do a piece of work on Tuesday [February 11] and then we will make a decision about whether or not she goes for the Betway Winter Derby. "She is coming along nicely, but with a filly coming out of the winter, ideally you would like to see her flourish a bit. "There is a chance the Winter Derby might come a bit too soon, but I have been happy with her work up to now. "She is a good filly and won a G3 at Maisons-Laffitte.
She just didn't handle the very soft ground in the Prix Dollar on Arc weekend, although she was not beaten far."
There could be Irish-trained representation courtesy of Numerian (Joseph O'Brien).
The four-year-old progressed steadily in 2019 and ended the campaign with a head second in G3 Diamond Stakes on Polytrack at Dundalk in September.
Several horses who finished behind Bangkok in the Betway Winter Derby Trial also remain engaged, including the third Dalgarno (Jane Chapple-Hyam), fourth Pactolus (Stuart Williams) and fifth Master The World (David Elsworth), who landed the Betway Winter Derby in 2018.
Others to note are G3 scorer Century Dream (Simon Crisford), Felix, who is unbeaten in two starts on the All-Weather since joining Marco Botti, and last year's G2 German 2000 Guineas runner-up Arctic Sound (Mark Johnston).
Betway Winter Derby - Betway prices:
5/2 Global Giant
11/4 Dubai Warrior
10/1 Villa Rosa
14/1 Century Dream
16/1 Court House
18/1 Felix, Kasbaan
22/1 Arctic Sound, Big Country
33/1 Dalgarno, Entangling, Pactolus
40/1 Master The World
100/1 Normal Norman
The Betway Winter Derby G3, £100,000 total prize fund. 1m 2f, Lingfield Park, Saturday, 22 February. For four-year-olds and upwards.
Weights: colts and geldings 9st, fillies 8st 11lb. Penalties: after 31 August, a winner of a G3 race 3lb, of a G2 race 5lb, of a G1 race 7lb.
Entries closed 21 January (21 entries), scratchings deadline 4 February (17 remain), five-day confirmations 17 February, final declarations 20 February.
Maximum field 14 runners.
Horse Age Owner Trainer
Arctic Sound 4 Saeed Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi Mark Johnston
Bangkok (IRE) 4 King Power Racing Co Ltd Andrew Balding
Big Country (IRE) 7 Melbourne 10 Racing Jamie Osborne
Century Dream (IRE) 6 Abdulla Belhabb Simon Crisford
Court House (IRE) 5 H R H Princess Haya of Jordan John Gosden
Dalgarno (FR) 7 Mrs Fiona Carmichael Jane Chapple-Hyam
Dubai Warrior 4 Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum John Gosden
Entangling (IRE) 6 Ben CM Wong David Elsworth
Felix 4 K Sohi & Partner Marco Botti
Global Giant 5 Al Adiyat Racing John Gosden
Kasbaan 5 The Horse Watchers Michael Appleby
Master The World (IRE) 9 K Quinn/C Benham David Elsworth
Normal Norman 6 Gerry McGladery John Ryan
Numerian (IRE) 4 Long Wait Two Partnership Joseph O'Brien IRE
Pactolus (IRE) 9 T W Morley & Mrs J Morley Stuart Williams
Palavecino (FR) 4 ARAAM Brian Meehan
Villa Rosa (FR) 5 Mrs H Devin Henri-Francois Devin FR
17 entries 1 French-trained 1 Irish-trained
The following horses have been scratched: Certain Lad, Extra Elusive, Extrodinair and White Mocha.
About the All-Weather Championships Season seven of the All-Weather Championships runs from Tuesday, October 22, 2019 and culminates with All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 at Lingfield Park.
The seven races on All-Weather Championships Finals Day are worth a total of £1 million.
The season seven information pack can be downloaded by following this link and scrolling down to the bottom of the page: https://www.awchampionships.co.uk/about-the-championship/all-weather-explained
The six championship categories are:
£150,000 Three-Year-Olds sponsored by Ladbrokes - 6f Final
£150,000 Fillies & Mares sponsored by Ladbrokes - 7f Final
£150,000 Mile sponsored by Bombardier - 1m Final
£150,000 Sprint sponsored by Betway - 6f Final
£150,000 Marathon sponsored by Betway - 2m Final
£200,000 Middle Distance sponsored Betway - 10f Final
There are two ways for horses to qualify for one of the finals on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park:
* A horse can win a 'Fast Track Qualifier' race which will ensure a FREE and GUARANTEED place in the corresponding final on Good Friday.
There are four Fast Track Qualifiers in each of the six Championship Categories hosted at racecourses in Great Britain, Ireland and France.
If a filly wins any of the Fast-Track Qualifier races for either the Sprint or the Mile categories, the filly will be qualified for the final of that specific category, or for the Fillies and Mares Final. or * A horse must run a minimum of three times on the All-Weather surfaces in Great Britain, Ireland and France; or twice on the All-Weather surfaces in Great Britain, Ireland, France and once on dirt in Dubai during the qualifying period between October 22, 2019 and the six-day entry stage for the finals (Saturday, April 4, 2020) and then be rated high enough to 'make the cut' in a final by order of its BHA Rating.