Record Crowd Flocks to LingfieldTue, 18/04/2017
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. The standard was higher than ever as some of the best horses of their kind in Europe battled for a share of £1 million in prize money.
CONVEY COMPLETES BIG RACE DOUBLE
The richest race of the season, the £200,000 Easter Classic for the Middle Distance Championship, went to Group Three Winter Derby winner CONVEY, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore. The five-year-old, owned by Hong Kong-based Robert Ng, is now set to take up an invitation to run in the valuable Hong Kong Mile next month.
SOVEREIGN A WORTHY WINNER
Few would begrudge SOVEREIGN DEBT his victory in the Mile Final after finishing second in the race in the previous two seasons, while the north also struck in the Sprint with Kimberella, who gave trainer Richard Fahey his third win in the race. Meanwhile, Second Thought may now head to the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot after winning the 3YO Final.
JOHNSTON IS KING OF THE TRAINERS
MARK JOHNSTON had a near miss with Watersmeet in the Marathon Final but was still crowned the season’s top trainer, while jockey Adam Kirby won the riders’ championship for the first time in three years after being runner-up to Luke Morris twice in succession. Godolphin were leading owners and there was also an award for the winning most horse, the David Evans-trained Athassel, who scored six times in a memorable winter.
Reported By Simon Mapletoft