Island Of Life secures Good Friday ticket with Wolverhampton strike

Victory for Haggas-trained mare

  • Wednesday 02 January
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Island Of Life produced a decisive turn of foot at Wolverhampton to take a fast-track qualifier for All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.

The William Haggas-trained mare put the race to bed when storming through a gap one off the rail in the final furlong of the Ladbrokes Fillies’ Conditions Stakes.

Crossing The Line and Miss Bar Beach set a strong pace, with Richard Kingscote holding up Island Of Life towards the rear of the field as she stepped back up to seven furlongs for the first time since her racecourse debut.

Several were in with a chance in the straight until the 11-4 joint-favourite shot to the front to score by three-quarters of a length from Castle Hill Cassie.

Pattie and Lucymai were just behind, with the other joint-favourite Crossing The Line weakening to finish last of the seven runners.

“She has been in good order of late and was up to seven furlongs today. She had a lovely gear to put the race to bed,” said Kingscote.

“Mr Haggas said to find a rhythm and get her switched off. She was lovely, to be fair, and once the gap opened off she went.

“She is game and has got a nice attitude. In the past, she had a few problems with the stalls, but they have fixed that and she has a blind on now, which she pops out much nicer with. It is onwards and upwards.”

He added: “Finals Day was mentioned this morning. She is going the right way and on today’s win you would hope she would be getting thereabouts.

“She stayed well over six furlongs at Newcastle, so seven around here today was never going to be a problem.”

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