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.
An old favourite bounced back to form to win Wolverhampton’s big race this week while a young jockey claimed another success to boast the best strike rate in the Championships table.
GALLANT GREY WATERSMEET CLAIMS FINAL PLACE
A jockey who enjoyed his best ever year in 2017 continues in great form on the All-Weather, while three Fast Track Qualifiers for Good Friday’s £1 million Finals Day will take place within the next few days.
McDONALD STILL FARMING THE WINNERS
A veteran sprinter rolled back the years at Newcastle to clinch a place on Good Friday Finals Day, while two top jockeys got back in the winner’s enclosure.
In a week when a new pretender emerged for the Middle Distance crown, one veteran was competing in his 200th race. Meanwhile, jockey Fran Berry had five reasons to be happy on a busy day at Southwell and Wolverhampton.
JACK’S THE LAD IN LINGFIELD FEATURE
Trainer Ralph Beckett, who won the 2016 All-Weather Championships Marathon Final, has another smart Good Friday prospect on his hands following Saturday’s Fast Track Qualifier, while another potential star son of the great Frankel made a striking racecourse debut at the weekend.
Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer clinched his second Fast Track Qualifier of the season at snow swept Wolverhampton last weekend while Lambourn trainer Jamie Osborne continues in top form.
PALMER COLT REFUSES TO BACK DOWN
Top Newmarket trainers are topping the table in the early race for the All-Weather Championships, while an impressive Kempton winner could be heading for a big date Down Under.
HUGO MAKES A STORMING START
Josephine Gordon became only the second female jockey to ride 100 winners in a calendar year last weekend, when another galloping girl Hollie Doyle also made the headlines on the All-Weather.
GORDON MAKES HISTORY AT WOLVERHAMPTON
The fifth All-Weather Championships began in earnest on Saturday when Lingfield Park staged two Listed races which were both Fast Track Qualifiers for the £1 Million Finals Day on Good Friday.
There was a dream start for a young teenaged jockey at Southwell this week while connections have called time on the career of a leading contender for the Fillies' and Mares Final on Good Friday. Meanwhile, top class All-Weather Championships action returns to Lingfield Park this weekend.