Cat considered for Championships

  • Last Updated: April 2 2014, 14:16 BST

Roger Charlton will make a decision nearer the time whether Captain Cat, a late withdrawal when ante-post favourite for the Lincoln last weekend, runs in either the Coral Easter Classic or the Ladbrokes Mile at Lingfield on All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

Roger Charlton: Trainer of Captain Cat
Roger Charlton: Trainer of Captain Cat

Huge prize-money is on offer for the inaugural day on Good Friday and Charlton has options with the progressive Captain Cat, who was just touched off by subsequent Winter Derby winner Robin Hoods Bay when last seen.

"We will be looking to run Captain Cat on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, but we won't decide whether he goes for the Easter Classic or the Mile until nearer the time. I guess we will go for which race looks easier," said the Beckhampton handler.

"He has progressed well on the all-weather and his form looks very strong.

"The race he won at Kempton in October has worked out very well and even though he was just beaten in his last two starts, the winners have gone on to better things and there were also winners in behind.

"Realistically, he has a bit to find on ratings with some of the top horses, but they are valuable races and we hope he is capable of stepping up again."

Winter Derby Trial winner Grandeur, Solar Deity, Marshgate Lane and Aussie Rules are also possible runners in the Classic.

Marco Botti's Grey Mirage is 7/2 favourite with Ladbrokes for the Mile, for which there are 24 entries, including Sirius Prospect, George Guru, Hasopop and Chookie Royale.

The six-furlong £150,000 All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes (4.05pm) looks set to be a superb race, with 13 of the 21 entries rated 100 or more including all three Fast-Track Qualifiers - Stepper Point (William Muir), course record holder Tarooq (David Barron) and Valbchek (Jeremy Noseda).

Hawkeyethenoo (Jim Goldie), fourth in last season's Group One Haydock Sprint Cup, has run consistently well on the All-Weather in recent months, while talented sprinters Addictive Dream (David Nicholls), Hasopop (Marco Botti) and Rivellino (Karl Burke) have also been entered.

Kate Hills, ARC Director of PR and Communications, said: "The new All-Weather Championships has worked well in attracting better quality horses to race at Britain's four All-Weather tracks since October and the entries for Finals Day are very pleasing.

"Trainers and owners have been very supportive of the new All-Weather Championships and it is great that 14 of the 16 Fast-Track Qualifiers are entered on Finals Day.

"We are looking forward to a terrific first day of racing on Good Friday, April 18, when £1 million in prize money is on offer at Lingfield Park - Europe's richest-ever All-Weather raceday."

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