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2.00 - Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes (2m)
The betting will show a wide open start to proceedings, with seven runners for this two-miler and no candidate seemingly holding onto outstanding claims. Also noted is the relative lack of Lingfield experience, with only outsider Island Brave and AMTIYAZ having run around this circuit before.
Martin Dwyer's mount had Australis and Rainbow Dreamer behind when taking out a Conditions event at Newcastle in December and needs to bounce back from a lesser run in a handicap there last month.
Amtiyaz could be the answer for John & Thady Gosden. The Frankel colt is the youngster in this line-up and is still progressing. He split Rock Eagle and Lucky Deal at Kempton on his penultimate start before scoring decisively at the same venue in late January. This race has likely been the end-game target since. As a bonus, he was second on debut in a 1m2f maiden around here last summer and so does boast course form. He gets a couple of pounds from his elders and could get Hollie Doyle off to a flyer.
Ranch Hand, a useful performer in big turf handicaps, is 3-3 on all-weather surfaces thus far, supplementing his 2019 wins at Southwell with a determined defeat of the re-opposing duo Rock Eagle and Lucky Deal at Chelmsford in March. He have them both 3lb there (made all) and is a key player given this could be a tactical affair again.
2.35 - Ladbrokes All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes (7f)
Team Gosden could be thriving early on the card as INDIE ANGEL looks to make plenty appeal in the Fillies' And Mares' despite a short price. Martin Harley rides with no Frankie Dettori at Lingfield this Good Friday and the Cheveley Park-owned daughter of Dark Angel comes out clear pick on ratings.
She won a Listed contest over a mile here in the autumn under the Italian and did so in comfortable fashion. That form stands up to scrutiny and with some good 7f form on the turf, this drop in trip shouldn't be an inconvenience that worries her unduly.
The speedy mare Fizzy Feet is likely to go forward from stall three under Rossa Ryan and force the issue early on, but it certainly looks a probability that Indie Angel will have too much for her once they turn in and, with just six runners, there really shouldn't be any hard luck stories for her.
Things didn't go to plan for Shimmering Dawn three weeks ago in a strong Listed event around Wolverhampton. She's a hold-up performer and didn't ever look like getting into the race. James Doyle climbs on board here and he's got a fine record around Lingfield. She may be the one to finish well and pick up the minor prizemoney.
3.10 - Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes (6f)
Harry's Bar has done well since joining Irish trainer Ado McGuinness and boasts winning form over 5f here. This race has been a target for some time and Hollie Doyle is a positive booking for sure but being drawn in stall 12 of 14 certainly hasn't aided their cause. As such, odds of in and around 4/1 look too short now.
Last summer's Stewards' Cup winner Summerghand ran respectably on the grass at Doncaster last week and has proved effective on the all-weather in the early months of the year (without winning) but David O'Meara's charge does tend to require the jigsaw pieces to fall perfectly into place. This is not an easy place for such occurrences and Adam Kirby will need a chunk of luck in running for things to go his way.
The likes of Aberama Gold should ensure the pace is generous and February's course and distance scorer Exalted Angel is one that should be on the scene late with a challenge under Clifford Lee.
The vote however goes to LAMPANG for Tim Easterby and Silvestre De Sousa. The Dandy Man colt appeals as one we've not yet seen the best of yet. He was second behind Good Effort in a Listed contest over C&D in November on his all-weather bow, a race where the winner slipped the field turning in, and it's easy enough to excuses his 5f defeats since at Wolverhampton and Southwell.
The latter run saw him stumble quite badly a stride out of the stalls and it was to his credit he finished second in the circumstances. De Sousa was on board for that Listed second here in the winter and returns for the first time since, and they are lively contenders at a decent price in a wide open sprint.
3.45 - Ladbrokes 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes (6f)
It's tremendously tough to pick holes in Mighty Gurkha for Archie Watson and Hollie Doyle here. The Sepoy colt was a C&D winner on debut last summer and has won 3-4 starts on all-weather surfaces - with only a nose second to Victory Heights at Wolverhampton in December blocking his perfect track record - a race in which he was pipped on the post. Three of these rivals were behind him that day and he got up late in the piece at Kempton in January to collar ZAMAANI despite conceding him 5lb.
Simon & Ed Crisford's gelding was also behind him at Wolverhampton in December and must improve here if he's to make it fourth time lucky against his old adversary. While he does have a tendency to race a bit keenly, there's sure to be enough pace on here and James Doyle should get a good spot from stall four. First-time cheekpieces are deployed now and, with just neck to find on Mighty Gurkha at his best, he might be some value in the market to come and do it.
The other major player is the entirely unexposed Diligent Harry for Adam Kirby and Clive Cox. He gained minor successes at Wolverhampton and Kempton to begin his career and was short-headed over C&D by Rohaan last time out. Ryan Moore's mount got a perfect seam through off the home turn in that contest, while Diligent Harry just briefly took a few strides to hit full cry having come wider. Once he got going, he powered through the line and just failed to overturn the deficit. He's major player again, despite others being more streetwise in this line-up.
4.15 - Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes (1m2f)
The Winter Derby winner of 2021, Forest Of Dean, locks swords with the 2020 third in that Group 3 C&D event BANGKOK, and the latter is fancied to prevail for Andrew Balding and Silvestre De Sousa.
He's a consistent performer over track and trip, with his 2020 Winter Derby third the only time in four starts here he hasn't really brought his A-game. His most recent start here in February saw him finishing to fast effect in the home straight and picking off Forest Of Dean fairly readily in the end.
With six runners contesting this, it's hard to see how the remaining quartet can turn over the front pair. It may well be tactical and Bangkok should be able to out-speed James Doyle's mount again. The Gosden runner pinched the Winter Derby on the home turn last time but it's unlikely De Sousa will allow him take that sort of advantage now. Bangkok didn't hit the heights in the Saudi Cup last tie but he's had enough time to get over that and this has something of a 'home-game' feel to it.
Palavecino has ground to make up on Bangkok on previous form here and perhaps Assimilation can continue a fine season to be best of the rest in a race the big two in the market should dominate.
4.45 - Bombardier All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes (1m)
Safe to say that MUMS TIPPLE had lived in the shadow of his brilliant two-year-old demolition job at York somewhat uneasily prior to his recent Wolverhampton win. Things didn't go to plan on the grass last season at all but he returned to action in February over 6f around here in a Listed contest, finishing really well after meeting some trouble in the run, beaten less than two-lengths despite being sixth of nine.
It was a performance that promised more and such was the case at Wolverhampton over 7f last time, winning the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes with something to spare. He's got a good draw now and, granted an even share of luck, he could be hard to stop in this rejuvenated mood with the step up to a mile now looking favourable on that most recent evidence.
The progressive Khuzaam is certain to go well and has to be feared for Roger Varian and Jack Mitchell on the back of his latest improved showing winning last time at Chelmsford over 7f. He stays the mile no problems and will be dangerous from the front.
Perhaps he'll set this up for a closer however. Mums Tipple stalked last time before coming clear and Fox Duty Free is another solid contender in that scenario. He's 3-3 here since November, looking good over 7f/1m and yet to sample defeat since moving from Andrew Balding to Ralph Beckett. He's had his temperament problems in the past but they seem to have been banished now and he's part of a very strong book of rides for Silvestre De Sousa on this card.
5.15 - Bombardier All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap (7f)
An apprentice handicap to round out the card and a field of 14 have gathered to ensure this is a devilish puzzle to finish with.
Ayr Harbour has a great chance on form and is a former course winner with a rock-solid profile on the all-weather (five wins, four places from 11 starts). He was too good for his rivals on New Year's Day at Southwell and the 7lb claim of Benoit De La Sayette offsets the ratings-rise for that score, but his connections will have been underwhelmed to be drawn widest of all in stall 14 and it certainly makes things tough.
Lingfield regular Count Otto won twice here last month over 6f/7f and should give a good account, while Gabrial The Devil and Total Commitment (twice behind Count Otto recently, now worse off at the weights) are others worth considering for places.
The nod however is with the four-year-old filly AMBER ISLAND for David Loughnane and Laura Pearson. She's started to put together a decent body of work this spring, going down narrowly behind 97-rated Shimmering Dawn (runs in the 2.35pm race) in a Chelmsford conditions race in February and then scoring nicely back there three weeks ago. She's still on the upgrade and plenty going for her off a low weight in the Good Friday finale.