Grey Britain stakes Finals Day claims with Lingfield verdict

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  • Friday 01 February
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Grey Britain made light of the step up to two miles with a game success in the Betway Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

The five-year-old had never gone beyond a mile and a half before, but he saw the trip out well in what was a truly-run race as he staked a claim for the All-Weather Marathon Final at the Surrey track on Good Friday.

The John Ryan-trained gelding was cut to as low as 7-1 for that event, in which stablemate Aircraft Carrier is 5-1 market leader.

Grey Britain is also quoted for the Easter Classic, at around 16-1, and showed he would not be out of place on the big day when putting three decent rivals to the sword.

Lord George made the running to three furlongs out where he folded quite quickly, leaving Watersmeet to set sail for home.

Stargazer mounted a challenge on the outside, but that proved shortlived and Grey Britain (7-4 favourite), who had sat last of the four in the early stages, pounced in the straight.

Adam Kirby’s mount got the upper hand close home to score by a length and a quarter.

“The race went very smoothly, he relaxed very well and the small field probably helped him. He’s a bonny horse and is going the right way,” Kirby told Sky Sports Racing.

“It was strongly-run race so you can’t say he doesn’t stay. It was a nice-enough performance. Watersmeet is hard to pass. He saw it out well enough today.”

Watersmeet’s trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Joe Fanning went one better when Key To Power (4-9 favourite) landed a facile success in the Play 4 To Score at Betway Novice Stakes.

Runner-up on her only previous outing 258 days earlier, the daughter of Slade Power led all the way as she defeated Turquoise Friendly by four and a half lengths.

Delicate Kiss (2-1) stormed to the front inside the final furlong to come home four and a half lengths clear of Yusra in the Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Fillies’ Handicap in the hands of Liam Jones.

Trainer John Bridger said: “She’s got better. I told the owners when we first got her that she wouldn’t be a racehorse because she was too slow. That was down to maturity, I think.

“She knows what to do now, but we still have blinkers on to wake her up.

“She’s a big filly and it’s taken time for her to come together. I suppose we’ll have to keep running her.”

Water’s Edge (4-9 favourite) landed the odds with the minimum of fuss in the Ladbrokes Novice Stakes.

Ryan Moore kicked on turning into the straight and the James Tate-trained colt quickly put the race to bed to open his account by two and three-quarter lengths from Heavenly Tale.

Los Camachos (5-4 favourite) struck for the second time this week when making all for 5lb claimer Katherine Begley in the Follow Sun Racing On Twitter Claiming Stakes.

David Evans’ in-form four-year-old saw off the 12-year-old Loyalty, who was having his 100th start, to follow-up Tuesday’s success at Wolverhampton by a length and a half.

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