Surfing The Sand

Wolverhampton is back under the spotlight this weekend, staging the latest Fast Track Qualifier for the £1 million Finals Day on Good Friday. Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft analyses the juvenile sprint feature and the supporting stayers’ handicap, and has four more Eyecatchers for your Trackers.

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Archie Watson’s prolific QUIET ENDEAVOUR can claim his place in the £150,000 3YO Final on Good Friday by winning the Fast Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

The son of Society Rock is the second highest rated contender for the 6f Ladbrokes Conditions Stakes (6.45) after racking up a four-timer which featured three victories on Polytrack for his young, in-form trainer.

That winning sequence only came unstuck in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton in September, but he has enjoyed a short break since then and can dominate from an attacking draw in stall two.

Quiet Endeavour, who is ideally suited to this style of racing, has improved 19lb on official ratings since June and carries the same colours as last year’s 3YO champion Corinthia Knight, who is also trained by Watson.

Dangers include Richard Spencer’s You Never Can Tell, who got his career back on track over the straight 6f at Newcastle last time, when he defied a penalty in novice company.

A winner at Thirsk on debut and a promising fourth in the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster’s St Leger Festival on his second start, he struggled to make his mark in two Group 3s over 7f in the Autumn but will be high on confidence now.

Racing over his optimum trip, he should get a nice tow into the race from stall 6 but it’s worth noting that he has never raced around a bend so has something to prove on this sharp, turning track.

The All-Weather is a new experience for Richard Fahey’s Charming Kid, who possesses the highest rating in the line-up (105). He won a York novice on debut and finished third in the Group 2 July Stakes before flopping at Glorious Goodwood but will have to be on his A-game to serve it up to some sharp opponents around here.

In a strong renewal that also boasts six last-time-out winners, William Haggas’s improving colt Deputise has place claims. He has plenty to find on the book but did win around Wolverhampton back in June.

Deputise narrowly beat subsequent winner She Can Boogie at Chester and Tom Dascombe’s filly should also acquit herself well on this All-Weather debut with a 5lb fillies’ allowance in her favour.

Another racing on synthetics for the first time is Richard Hughes’s Sunsprite, who coped well with the turns to win at Chester in August and then finished third in the Listed Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy at Ripon.


RESTORER can turn the tables on his Newcastle victor Seafarer in the 1m4f Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap (7.45) at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Ian Williams’ six-year-old was well fancied to win a hot handicap at Gosforth Park last month but compromised his chance at the start before running on strongly to be fourth.

He enjoys a 4lb pull with Marcus Tregoning’s winner who repelled him by only a diminishing length and three-quarters and looks well enough treated to gain his first All-Weather win at the seventh attempt.

In all fairness, Seafarer was good value for his victory at Newcastle, getting first run on the closers, and is a fresh horse having been held up in the summer by the prevailing fast ground. He must overcome a 5lb rise, however.

Better will be expected from Godolphin’s Atty Persse, who disappointed on his first start since undergoing a wind operation in the Listed Floodlit Stakes at Kempton last month. Roger Charlton reaches for the blinkers in the hope of revitalising last year’s Royal Ascot winner, who should be more competitive back in a handicap.



This son of Havana Gold made an encouraging debut, going down only a head in a 7f novice stakes at Wolverhampton last weekend but pulling four lengths clear of the third, Fortissimo, who had himself gone close to landing a similar race previously. Owen Burrows’s colt - from the family of smart miler Arod - showed understandable signs of greenness. He was a little keen early in the race before changing leads deep inside the final furlong but will have gleaned plenty from this experience and can get off the mark in similar company.


A relatively exposed gelding, he had lost his way until joining Nigel Tinkler in October and has now posted two back-to-back efforts which suggest he’s up to winning soon. He built on a staying on fifth of 15 at Chelmsford City when finishing well against the rail to be second at 33-1 from a poor draw in 9.5f handicap at Wolverhampton last weekend. A subsequent 1lb rise puts him on a workable mark of 55 and allows him to get into an 8.5f handicap back at Dunstall Park on Monday. I expect another bold show.


Richard Hughes’s gelding is well worth a return trip to Southwell after making a favourable impression on his Fibresand debut last Friday. He started slowly and, as a result, had to endure a wide trip, but worked his way into contention to chase home the better placed previous track winner Angel Palanas. He’s been nudged up 3lb for that, but will be worth watching with that experience under his girth if he re-appears at the Nottinghamshire venue in another 7f handicap next Tuesday.


Karl Burke’s son of Kingman caught my attention when travelling powerfully for much of a 6f novice stakes at Newcastle last week - his third career start. He faded inside the final furlong but should be able to commence his handicap career on a workable mark, possibly over further. He’s a half-brother to All-Weather winner Champarisi, who scored over 1m4f at Wolverhampton last week.

Surfing The Sand

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