The All-Weather Finals Day (Lingfield, Good Friday 14th April 2017) now carries prize money of £1 Million and, with the Betway Marathon Championships accounting for £150,000 of that prize money, it’s no surprise that the Fast Track Qualifiers are attracting quality fields.
The Betway Fast Track Qualifier (Wolverhampton 4.00, Sunday 16 January) is proof of that with 6 of the 8-strong field rated between 98 and 110 – so let’s see which horses have a great chance of qualifying for the Finals Day with victory here.
His last two races have been in the Qipco Stayers and the Goodwood Cup and, though he finished down the field in both of those, he certainly deserves his place in this line-up off a mark of 107. He doesn’t have any course experience, but his only previous run on the all-weather saw him finish second to Dartmouth in Group-3. Every chance, but does have to concede a 3lb penalty, and stable not in the best of form.
2 from 3 on the all-weather, and seemed to relish 2-miles when winning the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle. Godolphin also win plenty of these fast-track qualifiers, and another who must have every chance, though may strip fitter for the run after 5-months off.
Not been seen since February, but gone well after a break before. Highest rated in the field, and another Godolphin runner, however he didn’t seem to stay this trip when beaten 9-lengths by last year’s champion all-weather stayer Moonlight Landing in one of these events in 2016.
Won handicaps here off 82 and 95, and much to like about the way he was held-up and cruised through to win. Has ground to make up with a couple of these on Newcastle from, but I don’t think he likes the track there. First-time blinkers and the booking of George Baker to do the steering suggest trainer Jamie Osbourne knows he could go well back here, and the trainer is in form with 4 winners from 14 runners last week.
Rated 112 at his peak, but been in steady decline since, and all weather debut last month didn’t suggest he’s about to recapture former glories.
Old Town Boy
Neither rating or all-weather performances suggest he has any chance.
Solid all-weather performer who has won here twice be it only off marks of 62 and 68. No surprise should he be in the firing line after decent performances at Kempton and at Newcastle recently.
In great from in the autumn on turf at 14-furlongs, but a lack of all-weather experience and the fact his usual 7lb claimer has been jocked-off is off-putting against this quality of opposition.
Betway Fast Track Qualifier Summary
It’s no surprise to see the Godolphin Pair of Antiquarium and Famous Kid priced-up so short, but both have lengthy absences to overcome, and the latter’s stamina is suspect. Therefore, it may be worth taking a chance on Gang Warfare who was rated just a few pounds behind them at his best, and has been an impressive winner both times he’s run here.
Betway Fast Track Qualifier Tip:
Gang Warfare is my Each-Way tip