The All-Weather Mile Championship (3.15pm Friday 25 March) is one of the races that has been incorporated into the brilliant All-Weather Finals Day at Lingfield, and 12 runners are set to go to post in a bid to win the £93,000 first prize.
Arnold Lane 66/1
Champion Jockey Silvestre De Souza has been booked to ride but, after losing his last 4 races here off marks between 88 and 90, surely even the champ can’t improve him 25lb.
Big Baz 10/1
Joint top-rated and fit from Meydan, but didn’t look to be unlucky when only 7th last year. Won twice over course and distance though.
Captain Cat 8/1
Won this in 2014, and won group-3 at Haydock afterwards, though only 5th in last year’s Classic over 10 furlongs. Seemingly back to form when winning a 4-runner race at Kempton last time, where a change to front-running tactics paid dividend. Interesting if he’s ridden handy this time.
Captain Joy 16/1
Course and distance winner last season who then went on to be third in this. Back to form last time when winning at Dundalk, and a possible winner if a couple of more fancied runners don’t get the breaks.
Forceful Appeal 66/1
Two stone to find, and looks up against it.
Jammy Guest 50/1
Course winner, but surely has a tough ask as he’s officially the lowest-rated in the field.
Officially improved 10lb since only finishing 9th in last year’s race when sent off 5/1, but probably needs to find even more improvement to land this.
Mister Universe 7/1
Somewhat lucky winner of one of the top trials for this at Wolverhampton last time, and 5lb worse off with the nose runner-up here. Also not sure to be suited by stepping-up another furlong, though could have the most improvement in him as the only 4-year-old.
Only 5th behind Mister Universe and Sovereign Debt last time, and no obvious reason why he should close the gap let alone win.
Sovereign Debt 3/1
Definitely deserves a change of luck in these big all-weather races, and you only have to watch last year’s race to know that he was by far the best horse in the race, despite only finishing second. However, his hold-up style always means he’s likely to struggle to get a clear run, as was the case against Mister Universe last time, though if he does get a clear run he should win, and it’s interesting that Andrea Atzeni is booked for the first time to do the steering.
Sovereign Debt has the best form in the book and, though he’ll need more luck than he’s had in the past, he has to be the bet.