Surfing The Sand

Lingfield Park marks 30 years of All-Weather racing with a stellar card on Thursday, featuring runners from Aidan O’Brien’s powerful yard in Ireland and a Fast Track Qualifier for the Fillies’ and Mares’ Final. Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews that and two supporting races – all live on Sky Sports Racing.

  • Tuesday 29 October
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GOSDEN FILLY CAN STAR AT LANDMARK LINGFIELD FIXTURE

SHE’S GOT YOU can claim a guaranteed place in the Fillies’ and Mares’ Final on Good Friday with victory in the latest Fast Track Qualifier at Lingfield Park on Thursday – a fixture that marks the 30th anniversary of All-Weather racing at the Surrey track.

John Gosden’s impeccably bred filly can also gain some valuable black type by winning the Listed Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost EBF Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes (2.30) over 1m.

A half-sister to Group 1 winner Without Parole and Breeders Cup Dirt Mile hero Tamarkuz, the daughter of Kingman has already proven herself at this level, finishing second to the more experienced Agincourt over the same distance at Newmarket last month.

Previously, She’s Got You registered back-to-back handicap successes on the July Course at Headquarters and at Ascot, and can take full advantage of the weigh she receives from some smart fillies in a strong renewal.

Also a winner on Tapeta at Wolverhampton back in December, the 99-rated three-year-old, who will be ridden by Gosden’s ever-reliable stable jockey Robert Havlin, receives 8lb from Stuart Williams’s Group 3 Sceptre Stakes winner Breathtaking Look and is well drawn in stall four.

She sets the standard on form but must defy a 5lb penalty and has achieved her best results on straight galloping tracks. Indeed, her All-Weather win came over that stiff 6f at Newcastle last winter.

Preening, who was second to Breathtaking Look at Doncaster, does have a two smart pieces of All-Weather form on a turning track on her CV and could possibly avenge that defeat. She won over 1m at Kempton last winter and bettered that by finishing with a flourish to be second in the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes there in April.

William Haggas has a fine record in this race and can expect a good run from Solar Gold, who has been found wanting at Group level this year but does have some respectable placed form in Listed company to draw upon, including her third to subsequent Group 1 winner Billesdon Brook at Chelmsford in June.

It’s an indication of the progress the All-Weather Championships are making that Aidan O’Brien is supporting the race with the globetrotting Zoffany three-year-old Coral Beach, a Group 3 winner in Ireland last year who has struggled to make her mark on turf this season. Though top rated on 102, she has questions to answer dropping back in trip on such a sharp track in what looks a stronger race than the Listed Fast Track Qualifier she holds an entry in at Dundalk on Friday.

O’BRIEN FILLY LOOKS TOO CLASSY FOR LISTED RIVALS

Aidan O’Brien’s classy filly DELPHINIA is the stand-out runner on Lingfield Park’s stellar card on Thursday.

The daughter of Galileo has finished second in two consecutive Group 1s this autumn and should sign off with a crucial black type success in the Listed Ladbrokes Football Acca Boosty EBF River Eden Fillies’ Stakes (3.35).

Delphinia promises to relish the 1m5f trip and demonstrated when fifth in the Epsom Oaks that an undulating, turning track shouldn’t prove to be a chink in her armour.

She got much closer to Oaks heroine Anapurna in the Prix de Royallieu at Longchamp on Arc weekend and came within an ace of scoring at the top level on Champions Day when agonisingly overhauled by Star Catcher in the Group 1 Fillies’ and Mares’.

Receiving 6lb weight for age from her older rivals, Delphinia is also officially 12lb superior to her closest rival on ratings, the John Gosden-trained four-year-old Hameem, who did win a 1m4f handicap on Polytrack at Kempton in August but has twice been exposed at this level.

O’Brien is well known for his meticulous planning and I can only assume that 84-rated stable companion Invitation, who made all to win a Galway maiden – is in the line-up to ensure a good even gallop.

BARRON VETERAN LOOKS SERT TO STRIKE

Everything points to a big run from David Barron’s admirable veteran ABOVE THE REST in the Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap (1.55) at Lingfield Park on Thursday.

The eight-year-old hinted at a return to the winner’s enclosure when he finished very much on the front foot in a valuable 6f handicap on the opening day of Season 7 at Newcastle.

The way he cut through the pack to finish a closing third suggests a return to 7f will be ideal. He won the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes over this trip at Wolverhampton in March but is now operating off a 6lb lower mark back in handicap company.

Above The Rest has no issues with Lingfield, either. His flying fourth in the Listed Golden Rose Stakes over an inadequate 6f last November quashes that concern.

Clive Cox’s progressive All-Weather handicapper Lethal Lunch is the one they all have to beat on form, however. Narrow verdicts at Kempton and Chelmsford have probably helped to keep him ahead of the handicapper but although he’s a hold-up performer, his draw in stall 12 has to be a major negative over 7f around this sharper track.

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