Surfing The Sand Blog Archive

Muta's class should prevail in Winter Derby

Lingfield Park takes centre stage on Saturday with the 20th running of the Group 3 Winter Derby, the most prestigious race in the All-Weather calendar. Simon Mapletoft previews the best of the action, which also includes another Fast Track Qualifier.

Botticelli to call the tune at Kempton

All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the third of four Fast Track Qualifiers for the £150,000 Marathon Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday. This time the spotlight falls on Kempton Park on Wednesday evening.

Classy Qurbaan set to clinch Good Friday place

All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the latest Fast Track Qualifier for the Mile Final at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in France on Saturday and spotlights two cracking sprint handicaps on the home front in the coming days.

Alfred to make it third time lucky in Target re-match

Contenders for the Mile Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday are set to clash in the feature handicap at the Surrey track on Saturday. Simon Mapletoft discusses the likely outcome and also previews the sprint feature at Southwell on Friday.

Rose set to bloom in Chelmsford Qualifier

The Final Fast Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Fillies and Mares Championship at Lingfield Park on Good Friday takes centre stage at Chelmsford City on Wednesday and All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft considers the leading contenders.

Classy Knight can stake Winter Derby claims

It's a big weekend at Lingfield Park with two Listed races taking centre stage - the Winter Derby Trial and the Cleves Stakes - our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft analyses both races.

  • Noseda has the key to Good Friday Mile prospect

    Noseda has the key to Good Friday Mile prospect

    All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft puts two Good Friday Final prospects under the spotlight as he previews the three best handicaps on the All-Weather this weekend at Lingfield Park and Kempton Park.

  • Half-term report

    Half-term report

    Now the fourth annual All-Weather Championships have reached the half-way stage, Simon Mapletoft reflects upon the best of the action so far and spotlights the leading contenders in each of the six £1 million Championship categories.

  • Clean start the key to williams sprinter

    Clean start the key to williams sprinter

    All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft spotlights handicaps at Lingfield on Friday and Saturday that could offer significant pointers to the Sprint and Marathon Finals on Good Friday, and brings you five more Eyecatchers for your ATR Tracker.

  • Appleby stayer to claim golden ticket

    Appleby stayer to claim golden ticket

    Wolverhampton stages Monday's Fast Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Marathon Final, followed by another Qualifier at Kempton Park on Tuesday for the 3YO Sprint Final. Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews both races.

  • Chester in a street of his own

    Chester in a street of his own

    As the action continues to intensify on the All-Weather, Simon Mapletoft analyses Saturday's mile feature at Lingfield Park and spotlights the key entries for Monday's Fast Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton. Simon also has four Eyecatchers to note.

  • Evans sprinter holds the key to Newcastle Fast Track

    Evans sprinter holds the key to Newcastle Fast Track

    Newcastle stages three high-calibre races on Thursday, including a Fast Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Sprint Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday. Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft, who will be on duty for At The Races, previews the action.

  • Williams star can Realize futher potential

    Williams star can Realize futher potential

    Lingfield Park and Wolverhampton stage some high quality action on Saturday, previewed by our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft, who also shortlists five Eyecatchers from the past week.

  • Veteran trainer can make long journey pay on New Year's Eve

    Veteran trainer can make long journey pay on New Year's Eve

    Lingfield Park stages two valuable handicaps on New Year's Eve, featuring long-range contenders for the £1 million Finals Day on Good Friday - Simon Mapletoft previews the action and spotlights the two feature races at Southwell on New Year's Day.

  • Varian filly the 'real' deal in French qualifier

    Varian filly the 'real' deal in French qualifier

    All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the Latest All-Weather Championships Fast Track Qualifier, the Listed Prix Miss Satamixa in France on Wednesday, which features a strong British challenge.

  • Madness to ignore O’Meara star on Boxing Day

    Madness to ignore O’Meara star on Boxing Day

    Simon Mapletoft previews the Boxing Day action at Wolverhampton, where Winter Derby and Easter Classic hopeful Mythical Madness makes his eagerly anticipated re-appearance, and takes a look at the probable home challenge for the FTQ in France next week.

  • David O'Meara Stable Tour

    David O'Meara Stable Tour

    In-form trainer David O'Meara discusses his All-Weather Championships string and reflects upon a successful first year at his purpose-built base near York.

  • Fanshawe stayer on the Fast Track at Newcastle

    Fanshawe stayer on the Fast Track at Newcastle

    Newcastle stages a pre-Christmas cracker on Wednesday, featuring a Fast Track Qualifier for the Marathon Final and two hot handicaps that bring together more possible Good Friday contenders. All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the action.

  • Grendisar has the class to bounce back in Quebec Stakes

    Grendisar has the class to bounce back in Quebec Stakes

    Lingfield takes centre stage on Saturday when last year's All-Weather Champion Grendisar returns to action in the Listed Betway Quebec Stakes. All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews that contest plus the two other feature races on an exciting card.

  • Cornwallville can maintain unbeaten record

    Cornwallville can maintain unbeaten record

    No Fast Track Qualifiers this weekend, but our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews two valuable handicaps at Wolverhampton on Saturday, and two more at Newcastle where Yorkshire trainer Roger Fell holds a strong hand.

  • Fast Track contender Sutter in a different county

    Fast Track contender Sutter in a different county

    The juvenile sprinters are back in action at Wolverhampton on Saturday night in pursuit of a guaranteed place in the £150,000 3YO Sprint Final on Good Friday - Simon Mapletoft previews the contest and shares his latest Eyecatchers.

  • It all points to Volunteer in Wolves Fast Track

    It all points to Volunteer in Wolves Fast Track

    Simon Mapletoft previews Friday’s Fast Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton - the 32Red.com Fillies’ Conditions Stakes - where All-Weather Championships Distaff queen Volunteer Point is out to claim her place in this season’s £150,000 Final on Good Friday.

  • Another blue day for Godolphin rider Stott

    Another blue day for Godolphin rider Stott

    Simon Mapletoft previews the feature races on Wednesday's card at Kempton and Thursday's card at Newcastle which could both offer some early clues for All-Weather Championships Finals day.

  • Champion Grendisar takes centre stage

    Champion Grendisar takes centre stage

    The fourth annual All-Weather Championships get into top gear at Lingfield Park on Saturday with two Listed Fast Track Qualifiers for the £1 million Finals Day on Good Friday, and our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the best of the action.

  • Johnston stayer to prove Marathon credentials

    Johnston stayer to prove Marathon credentials

    Some interesting contenders for the Marathon Championship put their credentials on the line in Chelmsford City's feature race on Saturday night, previewed by our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft.

  • Muffri'Ha can get all-weather season off to a flyer

    Muffri'Ha can get all-weather season off to a flyer

    The fourth annual All-Weather Championships get underway at Lingfield Park on Thursday and our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the three big races, including a Listed Fast Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Fillies & Mares Final on Good Friday.

  • Grendisar feature

    Grendisar feature

    Grendisar became the undisputed king of the All-Weather when completing the Winter Derby-Easter Classic double last season. Now, after a summer break, Marco Botti's Polytrack specialist is back for more and Simon Mapletoft gets an update on his progress.

  • All-Weather Championships Apprentices feature

    All-Weather Championships Apprentices feature

    This winter the door is open for another budding starlet to follow in the footsteps of Josephine Gordon. Here, Simon Mapletoft meets four young riders hungry to emulate her achievements.

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