Bang bids to give punters some buck on Finals Day
Bang bids to give punters some buck on Finals Day All-Weather Championships Finals Day takes centre stage at Lingfield Park this afternoon and bookmakers have reported brisk business ahead of the seven-race card. In the opening Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships (2.00pm) over just shy of two miles, the Heather Main-trained Island Brave has attracted support, shortening in price to 14/1 from 16/1 with Betway.
The seven-year-old won a Marathon Fast-Track Qualifier at Newcastle in December but was only fourth at the same venue last time out.
Shimmering Dawn is the one for money in the Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships (2.35pm) over seven furlongs.
Trained by James Tate, the five-year-old has recorded five wins on the All-Weather and captured a Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford in February.
The daughter of Morpheus is 10/3 from 4/1 with Ladbrokes. Archie Watson is chasing a second victory on Finals Day and saddles Highland Dress in the Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships (3.10pm) over six furlongs.
The five-year-old has been in fine form on the All-Weather this term and shaped with promise when third to Mums Tipple in the seven-furlong Listed Bombardier Lady Wulfruna Stakes last time out. Highland Dress is 7/1 from 10/1 with Betway.
The Clive Cox-trained Diligent Harry is the best-backed horse of the day as he chases a third career success in the Ladbrokes Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships (3.45pm) over six furlongs.
A winner at Wolverhampton and Kempton Park this season, Diligent Harry is the 13/8 market leader from 15/8 with Ladbrokes.
Apollo One is unbeaten on the All-Weather, having made a winning reappearance in the Listed Ladbrokes Spring Cup at Lingfield Park, and is 10/3 from 4/1. Today’s feature is the Betway Easter Classic (4.15pm) and Bangkok is a short-priced favourite to capture the 10-furlong event. The five-year-old landed the Listed Betway Winter Derby Trial over course and distance for the second successive year in February and is a solid 5/6 favourite from 5/4 with Betway.
Roger Varian is targeting a second win on Finals Day and holds leading claims with Khuzaam in the Bombardier All-Weather Mile Championships (4.45pm).
The five-year-old has not finished out of the first two in seven starts on the All-Weather and returned to action with a comfortable success at Chelmsford City in March.
Khuzaam is the 6/4 favourite from 2/1 with Betway and 6/4 from 15/8 with Ladbrokes.
In the finale, the Bombardier All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap (5.15pm), the Simon Hodgson-trained Total Commitment boasts course and distance form this term and is 11/2 from 8/1 with Betway.
All-Weather Championships Finals Day market movers
2.00pm Island Brave 14/1 from 16/1 (Betway)
2.35pm Shimmering Dawn 10/3 from 4/1 (Ladbrokes)
3.10pm Highland Dress 7/1 from 10/1 (Betway)
3.45pm Diligent Harry 13/8 from 15/8 and Apollo One 10/3 from 4/1 (Ladbrokes)
4.15pm Bangkok 5/6 from 5/4 (Betway)
4.45pm Khuzaam 6/4 from 2/1 (Betway) and 6/4 from 15/8 (Ladbrokes)
5.15pm Total Commitment 11/2 from 8/1 (Betway)
About the All-Weather Championships
Season eight of the All-Weather Championships runs from Tuesday, October 20, 2020 and culminates with All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 at Lingfield Park.
The six championship categories are:
Three-Year-Olds sponsored by Ladbrokes - 6f Final
Fillies & Mares sponsored by Ladbrokes - 7f Final
Mile sponsored by Bombardier - 1m Final
Sprint sponsored by Betway - 6f Final
Marathon sponsored by Betway - 2m Final
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.
* 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 20, 2020 and the six-day entry stage for the finals (Saturday, March 28, 2021) and then be rated high enough to 'make the cut' in a final by order of its BHA Rating.
In addition, prizes will be awarded to each of the All-Weather Champions - the 'All Stars' - based on the number of winners at the end of the All-Weather Championships season:
Champion All-Weather Jockey (winner and runner up)
Champion All-Weather Apprentice Jockey (winner and runner up)
Champion All-Weather Trainer
Champion All-Weather Owner
Winning Most All-Weather Horse
For details of the 24 Fast-Track Qualifiers, please click here: https://www.awchampionships.co.uk/take-part/fast-track-qualifier-dates/
Fast-Track Qualifier winners so far:
1 - 3YO, October 20, Newcastle, 6f, SIGNFICANTLY (Karl Burke/Clifford Lee)
2 - F&M, October 29, Lingfield Park, 1m, INDIE ANGEL (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)
3 - F&M, November 13, Dundalk (IRE), 1m, UMMALNAR (William Haggas/Chris Hayes)
4 - MD, November 14, Lingfield Park, 1m 2f, DUBAI WARRIOR (John Gosden/Robert Havlin)
5 - SPRINT, November 14, Lingfield Park, 6f, GOOD EFFORT (Ismail Mohammed/Ray Dawson)
6 - MILE, November 18, Kempton Park, 1m, KINROSS (Ralph Beckett/Richard Kingscote)
7 - MD, November 25, Deauville (FR), 1m 1½f, SKY POWER (Gael Barbedette/Stephane Pasquier)
8 - 3YO, December 5, Wolverhampton, 6f, VICTORY HEIGHTS (James Tate/PJ McDonald)
9 - MA, December 12, Newcastle, 2m 56y, ISLAND BRAVE (Heather Main/Cieren Fallon)
10 - F&M, January 4, Wolverhampton, 7f, AMNIARIX (Ed Walker/Richard Kingscote)
11 - SPRINT, January 12, Newcastle, 5f, VENTUROUS (David Barron/Tom Marquand)
12 - MILE, January 12, Newcastle, 1m, BLESS HIM (David Simcock/Jamie Spencer)
13 - MA, January 18, Wolverhampton, 2m ½f, MILDENBERGER (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning)
14 - 3YO, January 25, Kempton Park, 6f, MIGHTY GURKHA (Archie Watson/Hollie Doyle)
15 - SPRINT, February 6, Lingfield Park, 6f, EXALTED ANGEL (Karl Burke/Clifford Lee)
16 - MD, February 6, Lingfield Park, 1m 2f, BANGKOK (Andrew Balding/Ryan Moore)
17 - MA, February 6, Kempton Park, 2m, RAINBOW DREAMER (Alan King/Hollie Doyle)
18 - F&M, February 18, Chelmsford City, 7f, SHIMMERING DAWN (James Tate/Tom Eaves)
19 - MILE, February 20, Cagnes-sur-Mer (FR), 1m, WALLY (Jean-Claude Rouget/Jean-Bernard Eyquem)
20 - MD, February 27, Lingfield Park, 1m 2f, FOREST OF DEAN (John Gosden/Robert Havlin)
21 - SPRINT, March 2, Chantilly (FR), 6½f, DUHAIL (Andre Fabre/Vincent Cheminaud)
22 - 3YO, March 6, Lingfield Park, 7f, APOLLO ONE (Peter Charalambous/Martin Harley)
23 - MILE, March 13, Wolverhampton, 7f, MUMS TIPPLE (Richard Hannon/Ryan Moore)
24 - MA, March 13, Chelmsford City, 2m, RANCH HAND (Andrew Balding/PJ McDonald)
For more information on the All-Weather Championships, please visit www.awchampionships.co.uk