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Matt Chapman: This 8/1 shot can be king of the Castle on Lingfield’s all-weather championships finals’ day

A weekend smash-up of racing starts on Good Friday and I'm all over the Polytrack action. Yeeehaaa!

by Matt Chapman | April 2, 2015

Top jockeys, trainers and horses give us a real chance to take a few quid off Paddy on Lingfield’s All-weather Championship Finals’ Day  to fund the Easter egg onslaught at the weekend.  You hear me Paddy?

The action at Lingfield starts with the Fillies’ and Mares’ Conditions Stakes and the one to be on each-way is the much-improved DON’T BE (1.40pm) from the Mark Prescott stable. 

She didn’t get the best of runs last time at Wolverhampton, but showed she’s close to running to her mark of 96 which gives her every chance here.

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The 6f Sprint is next, and this should be run at a tremendous pace with Chookie Royale in the perfect position to blast away from stall four. That will suit Godolphin’s PRETEND (2.10pm) who has a blistering turn of pace when on song and will be dropped out the back. Adam Kirby has been brilliant on this horse, so hopefully William Buick can do the same.

The 3-y-o one-mile conditions race might well be there for the taking for Lexington Times. But I’m taking a chance on FOUR SEASONS (2.40pm), who was favourite to beat the latter last time but disappointed in fourth. I’m hoping he is better than that.

Next is an open one-mile conditions event, and David Nicholls’ SOVEREIGN DEBT (3.15pm) steps back up in distance with plenty in his favour. He has a good draw to work from and is in form after a fine effort at Wolverhampton last time.


Charlie Appleby’s TRYSTER (3.45pm) looks the good thing in the 1m 2f  Middle Distance Championship. I can’t see him beaten – although he’ll be a short price.

The 5f 3yo Sprint Conditions Stakes is interesting because the draw makes it tough for the in-form Primrose Valley. Take a chance with MERDON CASTLE (4.15pm) from the David Elsworth stable. He has a bit to find on ratings, but has a good draw and Ryan Moore on top.

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Finally it’s the 1m 7f  marathon. ANGLOPHILE (4.45pm) proved his stamina when winning over two miles the last time. He’s got a good draw and could be another winner for Godolphin.

So good luck. I’ll be back with Saturday’s preview and then get ready to go Aintree Grand National crazy next week. Yeeehaaa!

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