Easter is always an exciting time of the year in the horse racing world. In Ireland the Irish Grand National is the main event. Check out our fancy for that race by clicking here. In the UK, the Good Friday All Weather Championships take centre stage at Lingfield. The final six races will be broadcast live on ITV4. Some seriously talented horses will be on show and it is a cracker of a card. Check out Dave Stevos’ Lingfield All-Weather Championships tips and preview below…
Lingfield All-Weather Championships Tips: 2.00 Marathon Stakes (16F)
First up on ITV4 on Friday is the 2 mile Marathon Stakes and some talented stayers will get to strut their stuff on the big stage. Ten will go to post and on ratings and form, Amade looks the one they have to beat. The French raider, by Casamento, has won his last five in a row. His last four wins have come on all-weather tracks, including the last two at Kempton and Chelmsford. He is rated 6lb higher than his closest rival but he is short at 10/11 and he could be worth taking on with 15/2 shot Watersmeet.
This teak tough 8yo son of Dansili loves it at Lingfield. He has form figures here of 2132 over 16f and was narrowly beaten in 3rd in this last season. He was also 2nd in 2017. Watersmeet ran a lovely race to prepare for this when 2nd here behind Grey Britain and that run showed all his ability still remains. He will go from the front and he is capable of making a bold bid. At odds of 15/2 an each way interest is advised.
LINGFIELD ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIPS TIPS: WATERSMEET E/W @ 15/2
All-Weather Championship Tips: 2.30 – Fillies and Mares’ Stakes (7F)
A field of 12 fillies and mares will go to the stalls for this valuable 7f contest. The favourite Island Of Life is closely matched with Castle Hill Cassie on their meeting at Wolves. There was less than a length between them, but the Haslam horse is now 3lb better off. However, Castle Hill Cassie has shown her very best all-weather form away from Lingfield and that has to be viewed as a negative.
One filly that looks an interesting contender is Silvery Mist for France. This 4yo improved massively at the tail end of last season, winning 3 on the bounce. She was beaten a short head in a listed contest on the all-weather at Deauville on her final start of 2018. Silver Mist was given a break after that and she should be spot on now after a pipe opener at Chantilly. A big run could be on the cards and she is the each way tip at 14/1.
ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIP TIPS: SILVERY MIST E/W @ 14/1
Lingfield All-Weather Tips: 3.05 – Sprint Stakes (6F)
Eleven speedsters will go to post for this 6f contest and it will be a proper blink and you’ll miss it affair. Kachy is all the rage at odds on after lowering the track record in a Listed heat here last time. He is a proven Group performer on the turf, he has won his last two races by a combined distance of 9.5 lengths and he is tough to oppose. However, he was beaten in this last year and that has to rate as a slight worry.
Those in search of some each way value could do worse than back Alfredo Arcano at 25/1. The Irish raider didn’t take to Meydan, but he was back to his best at Dundalk last time. He won off 99, beating Lily’s Prince comfortably. His previous start there also yielded a win when he beat Stanhope, a horse that ran really well on his next two starts. He has a lovely draw in stall 3, Oisin Orr is on a four timer on him and at 25/1 he could sneak a place.
ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIP TIPS: ALFREDO ARCANO E/W @ 25/1 NB
Lingfield All-Weather Tips: 3.35– 3 Year Old Stakes (6F)
This will be another exciting affair with a maximum field of twelve 3yos lining up for this 6f heat. This is one of the most open races on the card and the betting reflects that fact. The booking of Ryan Moore for James Street suggest that Hugo Palmer believes that a big run could be on the cards. Moore has had 39 rides for Palmer, yielding 7 winners and 23 top 4 finishes.
On the face of it, he faces a tough task to turn his form around with Deep Intrigue. That horse beat him a length here, giving him 2lbs, but that doesn’t tell the full story. Deep Intrigue had the run of the race, while James Street took an age to get going and wasn’t suited by how the race developed. He was closing on Deep Intrigue at the line though. With a stronger pace likely here James Street can turn that form around and at odds of 11/1 he is the each way pick.
LINGFIELD ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIPS TIPS: JAMES STREET E/W @ 11/1 (4 PLACES) NAP
Lingfield Good Friday Tips: 3.35 – Middle Distance Stakes (10F)
Eight will go to post for this 10f contest and the presence of Wissahickon has scared a lot of horses off. With a rating of 117 he is well clear on the figures and he looks the good thing of the day for favourite backers. Matterhorn is next best in the betting but he folded tamely in Listed company last time. For each way players, the one that looks interesting is last year’s runner up Master The World.
Ryan Moore will get the leg up and this likeable grey should be cherry ripe after two prep runs. He has over 7L to find with the favourite on their meeting here in February, but he ran much better at Kempton last time. It is unlikely that Master The World, or anything else in the race, will upset Wissahickon. However, the Elsworth horse has place prospects and at 14/1 he is worth chancing each way.
ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIPS TIPS: MASTER THE WORLD E/W @ 14/1
Lingfield All-Weather Tips: 3.35 – Mile Stakes (8F)
The milers close the show at the All Weather Championships and it is a mouth-watering race. Eleven go to post and it is wide open. One that looks a shade overpriced is Glendevon for Richard Hughes, again with Ryan Moore in the saddle. Usually, horses that Ryan Moore rides are under-priced, but today is an exception.
He is not the reason I am tipping this horse though; it is his run last time at Kempton that makes him of interest. This son of Scat Daddy was only a head behind Crossing The Line that day over 7f. Cardsharp was over 3L behind him and though he is better off at the weights, Glendevon is capable of upholding the form. Hughes had a nice winner at Newmarket this week and at 14/1, Glendevon could go well.
ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIPS TIPS: GLENDEVON E/W @ 14/1