All Weather Championships Finals Day 2019 (April 19) takes place at Lingfield Racecourse – who are selling it to racegoers with the tagline “Make Good Friday… Great!”
However, Lingfield’s all-weather flagship event sells itself with £1 Million of prize money up for grabs on a seven-race card that comprises the Sun Racing All-weather Championships Apprentice Handicap, the Betway All-weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes, the Ladbrokes All-weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes, the Betway All-weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes, the Ladbrokes 3-Year-Old All-weather Championships Conditions Stakes, the Betway Easter Classic All-weather Middle-Distance Championships Conditions Stakes, and the Sun Racing All-weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes.
Check out our analysis and free tips for All Weather Championships Finals Day 2019.
Sun Racing All-weather Championships Apprentice Handicap (1.30)
Gallipoli looked an unlucky third in last-year’s edition of this race, as his jockey was a little slow taking the stalls-hood off, which meant he didn’t get the best of early positions. Trainer Richard Fahey, who knows what it takes to have winners on this card, looks to have campaigned him with this race in mind, and a repeat of the form of either of his last two runs when finishing second behind Cardsharp or Kaiser Soze would give him an outstanding chance. It’s probably coincidental, but the last two winners of this race also won off his mark of 92.
Betway All-weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes (2.00)
There were three French winners at the 2018 All Weather Championships Finals Day, and Amade looks a worthy favourite to make it two French winners in a row in the Marathon. He oozed class when winning at Chelmsford last time, with the re-opposing Higher Power, Aircraft Carrier, and Grey Britain behind, and he’s equally as good on Polytrack. Christophe Soumillon takes the ride and it will be a big disappointment if he’s beaten.
Ladbrokes All-weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes (2.30)
Rasima has mainly raced over further, but she showed plenty of speed to win over a mile here at Lingfield when last seen. She also had to use up quite a bit of energy early from a wide-draw in stall eleven (drawn in stall 2 today) but was well-clear of her rivals at today’s distance of seven-furlongs, before repelling the late challengers. Her trainer Roger Varian knows how to win this race as he won the 2017 edition with a similar type, and the Varian stable has been red-hot this week. Varian also teamed up with today’s jockey David Egan to win Tuesday’s Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.
Betway All-weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes (3.05)
Kachy is three wins from four runs over today’s course and distance, with his only defeat coming when second in this race last year. However, there are three good reasons why he should go one better this year. Firstly, he looks a better horse following a small wind-op, which has allowed him to break the track records at Wolverhampton and Lingfield on his last two starts. Secondly, he doesn’t have any obvious rivals for the lead like he did last year in Gracious John and Gifted Master. Finally, there doesn’t appear to be a horse of the potential of last year’s winner City Light, who franked last year’s form by winning his next start and finishing second in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot.
Ladbrokes 3-Year-Old All-weather Championships Conditions Stakes (3.40)
Pizzicato looks another great chance for France to land a winner at this meeting, as he looked sure to be suited by a race of this nature when noted travelling strongly in a 6½ furlong race last time. A draw in stall eight is probably a little wider than ideal, but jockey Christophe Soumillon has timed his winning challenge perfectly on all three previous occasions he’s ridden him.
Betway Easter Classic All-weather Middle-Distance Championships Conditions Stakes (4.15)
Wissahickon is another favourite that has been drawn wider than ideal in stall-eight, but Frankie Dettori should be happy to slot him in behind the leaders and pounce late with his trademark turn-of-foot. He’s fancied to easily extend his 100% course and distance record, as he holds most of the field on the form of those wins or collateral form. Matterhorn is a new contender to deal with but, though he’s won over course and distance in a slowly run race, he didn’t look the strongest of stayers at this trip in a truly run race at Kempton last time.
Sun Racing All-weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes (4.45)
A win for Gallipoli earlier on the card would be a boost for the form of both Cardsharp and Kaiser Soze, but both will have to overcome difficult looking draws in stalls 10 and 11. The previous five winners of this race have all been drawn in either stalls five, six, seven, or eight, which suggests the top-rated Oh This Is Us should go close. Richard Hannon’s six-year-old is also a course and distance winner, but you do have to forgive him a terrible run at Wolverhampton six-weeks ago. That means it could be worth chancing another French horse in Indyco. He went into the notebook for this when just touched off last time and, having travelled well there, he could be suited by this test.