All-Weather Championships Media Release - Lord North and Century Dream head 17 entries for Betway Churchill Stakes

Published 2019/11/11


The 10-furlong £37,000 Listed Betway Churchill Stakes (2.45pm) offers a free and guaranteed place in the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic over the same course and distance on Good Friday, April 10.

A total of 17 entries for this year's race include 112-rated three-year-old Lord North, an 11-length winner on his only previous All-Weather appearance at Newcastle in April.

The John Gosden-trained son of Dubawi, 13/8 favourite with Betway, captured the Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket in September and gained an impressive win at the same course in the Listed James Seymour Stakes on November 2. Lord North winning at Newcastle Century Dream (3/1, Simon Crisford) was third in the 2018 G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the five-year-old was also in action at Newmarket on November 2 when he filled the runner-up spot in the Listed Ben Marshall Stakes. Caradoc (14/1) is due to step up to Listed company for the first time following a progressive turf campaign for Ed Walker.

The son of Camelot has won two of his last three starts and produced a strong late run to score by half a length on his latest outing in a valuable 10-furlong handicap at Newbury in September. Walker, who trains in Upper Lambourn, said: "Caradoc is in great form.

We were hoping to run him on the turf before the end of the season but the ground was just too soft. "We are going to see how we go on the All-Weather and this is a bit of a fact-finding mission to see what our options are. If he wins this weekend and gets a ticket for Finals Day, it would be the obvious starting point for next year, but if he doesn't win, then we will probably rough him off and leave him alone for the winter. "He is a very smart horse and we have always thought a lot of him. He is lightly-raced but is getting there now and I think he will be a very good horse for next year."

Other notable entries include Victory Bond (William Haggas), who was runner-up to Master The World in the 2017 Betway Churchill Stakes before going on to win the Betway Easter Classic later the same season. Set Piece (Hugo Palmer) is unbeaten in two All-Weather starts and the three-year-old could make only his second appearance since finishing down the field in the G1 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

His owner Khalid Abdullah could also be represented by Crossed Baton (John Gosden), a G2 runner-up on turf in France. Veteran All-Weather performers Pactolus (Stuart Williams) and Petite Jack (Neil King) have been entered alongside improving three-year-olds Alrajaa (John Gosden) and Ardiente (Ed Vaughan).

Full betting on the Betway Churchill Stakes is available from Betway - Saturday's second Fast Track Qualifier is the six-furlong £37,000 Listed Betway Golden Rose Stakes (3.15pm), with a Finals Day place up for grabs in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championship over the same distance.

Hugo Palmer has won the two most recent renewals and the Newmarket trainer has entered the 2017 victor Gifted Master.

His rivals could include G3 Mercury Stakes third Corinthia Knight (Archie Watson) and the Dean Ivory-trained duo of Lancelot du Lac and Stake Acclaim. Four-year-old filly Maygold, a nursery handicap winner over five furlongs at Lingfield Park in September, 2017, has thrived on the turf this year, rising from a mark of 75 to her current mark of 97.

The Mayson filly quickened from last to first to readily win a five-furlong handicap at Haydock Park in September and returns to Polytrack following two good efforts in Listed turf sprints, most recently when finishing a close fifth at Maisons-Laffitte, France, on October 12. Her trainer Ed Walker said: "It was a real shame that Doncaster's meeting was called off as I think Maygold would have loved the conditions there, and I think she will take her chance at Lingfield.

She has a very good turn of foot and six furlongs around Lingfield will suit. "She has won round the course, albeit in much lesser company, and is a filly who has just got better and better with racing.

She is probably at her best on really soft ground but this race is worth a shot and we would be very happy if she can get some black type."

G3 winners Judicial (Julie Camacho) and Above The Rest (David Barron), plus Beckford (Gordon Elliott IRE), who was twice runner-up at G1 level as a juvenile, also feature among the 25 entries. Further Listed action is provided by the £37,500 British Stallion Studs EBF Gillies Fillies' Stakes (2.10pm), which has been switched to Lingfield Park following the abandonment of Doncaster's fixture on November 9 and therefore does not form part of the All-Weather Championships.

The 10-furlong contest has attracted a bumper 28 entries including Scentasia (John Gosden), an easy winner of the mile Listed Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost EBF Fleur De Lys Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield Park on October 31.

Recent Naas Listed second Quote and G3-placed Simply Beautiful, both trained by Aidan O'Brien, have also been entered along with lightly-raced four-year-old Magic Lily (Charlie Appleby), who was third in the G1 Fillies' Mile on her penultimate start in October, 2017.

Racing gets underway at 11.55am and runs through until 3.45pm.

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:

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.

The 24 Fast-Track Qualifiers are scheduled as follows: Category Date Racecourse Dist Race Winner 3YO 22 Oct 2019 Newcastle 6f Conditions Temple Of Heaven (Richard Hannon/Sean Levey FILLIES & MARES 31 Oct 2019 Lingfield Park 8f Listed (Fleur De Lys) Scentasia (John Gosden/David Egan) FILLIES & MARES 01 Nov 2019 Dundalk (IRE) 8f Listed (Cooley) Surrounding (Mick Halford/Ronan Whelan) SPRINT 16 Nov 2019 Lingfield Park 6f Listed (Golden Rose) MIDDLE DISTANCE 16 Nov 2019 Lingfield Park 10f Listed (Churchill) MILE 20 Nov 2019 Kempton Park 8f Listed (Hyde) MIDDLE DISTANCE 28 Nov 2019 Deauville (FR) 9.5f Listed (Lyphard) 3YO 07 Dec 2019 Wolverhampton 6f Conditions MARATHON 14 Dec 2019 Newcastle 16f Conditions FILLIES & MARES 03 Jan 2020 Wolverhampton 7f Conditions MILE 08 Jan 2020 Newcastle 8f Conditions SPRINT 08 Jan 2020 Newcastle 5f Conditions MARATHON 13 Jan 2020 Wolverhampton 16f Conditions 3YO 20 Jan 2020 Kempton Park 6f Conditions SPRINT 01 Feb 2020 Lingfield Park 6f Listed (Cleves) MIDDLE DISTANCE 01 Feb 2020 Lingfield Park 10f Listed (W D Trial) FILLIES & MARES 13 Feb 2020 Chelmsford City 8f Conditions MILE 15 Feb 2020 Cagnes-sur-Mer (FR) 8f Listed (Saonois) MARATHON 16 Feb 2020 Kempton Park 16f Conditions MIDDLE DISTANCE 22 Feb 2020 Lingfield Park 10f Group 3 (Winter Derby) 3YO 29 Feb 2020 Lingfield Park 7f Listed (Spring Cup) SPRINT 03 Mar 2020 Chantilly (FR) 6f Conditions MARATHON 07 Mar 2020 Chelmsford City 16f Conditions MILE 07 Mar 2020 Wolverhampton 7f Listed (Lady Wulfruna) In addition to the fantastic prize money on offer, up to £10,000 will go 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 (£8,000 to the winner /£2,000 to the runner-up)

Champion All-Weather Apprentice Jockey (£4,000 to the winner/£1,000 to the runner-up) Champion All-Weather Trainer (£10,000)

Champion All-Weather Owner (£10,000)

Winning Most All-Weather Horse (£10,000)

All-Weather Horse Of The Year (based on prize money won during the Championships) (£10,000