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.
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.
He only trains a few cheap horses, but Thirsk based MICHAEL HERRINGTON is dreaming of the big time after springing a fairytale result in last week’s big race at Newcastle – a qualifier for the £150,000 Sprint Final on All-Weather Championships Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday
The new £12 million Tapeta racetrack at NEWCASTLE, which opened in May last year, stages its third and final Fast Track Qualifier of the season on Thursday when a high class field prepares to go to post in pursuit of a guaranteed place in Good Friday’s Sprint Final.
Newmarket trainer Roger Varian's decision to send his well bred filly REALTRA to France for a Listed race over Christmas certainly paid dividends.
GENERAL TUFTO, the veteran racehorse who made an unprecedented 100th career appearance at Southwell a winning one just before Christmas, will be back on the Fibresand on New Year’s Day.
A change of scenery appears to have revitalised the six-year-old BATTALION, who blazed home in Saturday’s feature race, the Listed Quebec Stakes at Lingfield Park, under young Willie Carson – grandson of the great champion jockey of the same name.