All-Weather Finals Day: four stars to make Good Friday great

Lingfield Racecourse

Lingfield: hosts finals day on Friday

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Putting your eggs in one basket is always a risky strategy – even at Easter. So in the build-up to All-Weather Championships finals day at Lingfield on Good Friday we’ve hunted down some interesting types it could pay to follow.

Ashadihan (Fillies and Mares’)

Produced one of the standout performances of the season when bolting up in a fast-track qualifier at Chelmsford and is already a Group 3 winner over course and distance.

Runner-up in the Albany Stakes as a two-year-old, she was campaigned at the highest level last year and could easily prove too classy for her rivals.

Lancelot Du Lac (Sprint)

The Dean Ivory-trained speedster is set to make his third appearance on finals day and will be aiming to go one better than when collared by Alben Star last year.

One of the best all-weather sprinters around, the seven-year-old is in the form of life having won two and his three starts this year, including over course and distance in the Listed Cleves Stakes in February.

Alben Star

Lancelot Du Lac (yellow cap) finishes runner-up on Finals Day

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My Target (Mile)

There would be no more deserving winner on the big day as only Athassel has won more races during the all-weather season.

The Michael Wigham-trained six-year-old, whose all-weather rating has soared 21lb since November, is five from five over course and distance in that time and has shown a lethal turn of foot at the end of his races.

Grendisar (Middle Distance)

Any discussion of finals day would not be complete without the Marco Botti-trained all-weather specialist, who has competed every year since the inception of the championships in 2013-14.

Crowned All-Weather Horse of The Year after winning the race 12 months ago, he might not be in the same form this time but remains a danger to all under ideal conditions.


Grendisar: all-weather star won last year’s Easter Classic

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On the Easter hunt elsewhere . . .

Valuable all-weather races are not just confined to Lingfield as Newcastle gets in on the act with a £250,000 card, headlined by the 32Red Burradon Conditions Stakes.

Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet, prominent in the betting for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas and Investec Derby, is being considered for the race and is not the only high-class entry as unbeaten Syphax, bought by Godolphin since his victory in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes, and Group 3 Solario Stakes scorer South Seas are also in contention.

An early clash between those three Classic hopes really would be an Easter treat.

Syphax (left) wins the Acomb

Syphax (left) wins the Acomb at York

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