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.
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.
Reigning champion jockey LUKE MORRIS has been in good form since the turn of the year and refuses to concede his title to run-away leader Adam Kirby, who began the week 21 clear of his Newmarket based rival.
Teenager LEWIS EDMUNDS is living the dream after making a remarkable start to his fledgling career as a Flat jockey.
The powerful Godolphin operation, owned by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed, has been in dominant form in this winter’s Fast Track Qualifiers with five wins already, and the latest, ANTIQUARIUM, could be all the rage for the two-mile Marathon Final come Good Friday.