All-Weather Championships Media Release - McGuinness targeting Cagnes-sur-Mer spoils with Bowerman

Published 2020/02/13

The mile Polytrack contest provides the winner with a free and guaranteed start in the £150,000 Bombardier All-Weather Mile Championship at Lingfield Park on Finals Day, Good Friday, April 10.

Irish raider Bowerman (Ado McGuinness/Pierre Charles-Boudot) holds leading claims after two impressive victories on the All-Weather at Dundalk this year.

The lightly raced six-year-old defeated No Needs Never in a mile conditions race on January 10 and had no problem with the step up to an extended 10 furlongs when impressively landing a similar contest on January 30.

Formerly trained by Roger Varian, Bowerman's record on the All-Weather currently stands at five wins and a second from seven starts. McGuinness, who is based in Lusk, County Dublin, said today:

"Bowerman is in great form. I am on my way over today, but he was stabled overnight in Lyon and had a little canter on the track this morning. Stephen [Mooney] my apprentice was riding him and said he feels great, so we are very hopeful that the journey won't have taken too much out of him. "On paper, it looks like he has a very good chance. He seems to be a different horse on the All-Weather and his record shows that, although we did geld him at the end of last year and that has made a huge difference. "I think his optimum distance going forward is going to be a mile. He proved he gets 10 furlongs the last day and the 10 furlongs around Lingfield would not be too testing, but I think a strongly run mile is his ideal trip. "It is very exciting to have a horse like him in the yard. He was not overly expensive either [52,000 guineas] when we bought him in Newmarket last July and, even though he has had his problems, it was great to get him."

Bowerman will face stiff competition from last year's Prix Saonois victor Volfango (Fabrice Vermeulen/Maxime Guyon).

Volfango did not line up on Finals Day in 2019 but posted some good efforts on turf subsequently, including when fourth in the G2 Badener Meile at Baden-Baden, Germany, in May.

The six-year-old finished third in a mile conditions race at Cagnes-sur-Mer on January 14. Rocquemont (Christophe Soumillon) has performed consistently since joining trainer Christophe Escuder.

The son of Anodin was second in a pair of Listed races on turf in the autumn and impressed at Cagnes-sur-Mer last time out when capturing a mile conditions race on January 29.

Escuder's other runner Carlton Choice (Stephane Pasquier) was beaten a short neck on his penultimate start in the Listed Prix Lyphard, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic on Finals Day, at Deauville on November 28.

The eight runners also include Dream Of Words (Jose-Carlos Cerqueira Germano/Eddy Hardouin) and Esperitum (Carina Fey/Delphine Santiago), who were fifth in Listed events at Deauville on their latest starts.

Course scorer Nadeem Alward (Michel Krebs/Cristian Demuro) and We Ride The World (Cedric Rossi/Anthony Crastus) complete the field.

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.