Be Wiser All Weather Championship Blog By Simon Mapletoft
I’m Simon Mapletoft, television’s All-Weather racing expert, and I’m delighted to have teamed up with Be Wiser, official partner of the All-Weather Championships, to share my views on the latest action in an exclusive weekly blog.
Now the Championships are underway, I’ll be updating you on the latest news and developments as top owners, trainers, jockeys and horses battle it out for places in the £1 million All-Weather Championships Finals on Good Friday.
A record crowd of 10,817 flocked to LINGFIELD PARK on Good Friday for the fourth annual All-Weather Championships Finals – and the seven races on the Polytrack circuit certainly didn’t disappoint.
After more than five months of action the fourth annual All-Weather Championships reach their climax at Lingfield Park on GOOD FRIDAY with the richest race day of its kind in Europe.
Champion All-Weather trainer MICK APPLEBY is still hoping to retain his title as the All-Weather Championships swing into their final fortnight.
Veteran chestnut FIRST MOHICAN clinched his place in the All-Weather Championships’ two-mile Marathon Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday with a gritty success in Saturday’s Fast Track Qualifier at the Surrey track.
AMAZEMENT enhanced his growing reputation with an emphatic victory in Wolverhampton’s feature handicap on Saturday night.
Salateen produced a remarkable performance to win Wolverhampton’s big race of the season on Saturday, the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes, and claimed a guaranteed place in the £150,000 Mile Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday.
ADAM KIRBY is closing in on the Jockeys’ Championship, beginning the week 15 clear of his nearest rival Luke Morris.
Sir Michael Stoute, one of the most successful trainers in modern history, claimed All-Weather racing’s most prestigious prize for this first time on Saturday when his CONVEY took the Group 3 Winter Derby at Lingfield Park.
It’s been a busy winter for young jockey OISIN MURPHY, whose stint in Hong Kong was followed by two big handicap wins at Newcastle last week. He got Suzi’s Connoisseur home in a £50,000 contest before steering the rejuvenated Hamelin to success over a mile and a half on Friday.
Winter Derby Trial winner DECORATED KNIGHT may miss the Group Three showcase on 25th February to race in Dubai's valuable Jebel Hatta.