Litigant squeezes through
Litigant qualified for the All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday, after winning on Saturday.
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The son of Sinndar was short of room before finding a late run to lead close home in the £25,000 32Red Conditions Stakes over two miles at Lingfield on Saturday, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Casino Marathon on April 18.
The improving and lightly-raced six-year-old, held up in mid-division by George Baker, could not get a break turning for home and was still sixth of the 11 runners with a furlong to go.
Litigant, the 2/1 favourite, found a gap and finished strongly to get up in the closing stages and beat 14/1 chance Noble Silk by a half-length, with a nose back to the third Duchess Of Gazeley (16/1).
Seamus Durack, the winning trainer, said: "It was a bit touch and go in the straight. But Litigant has a bit of toe and showed plenty of pace to get there where it mattered.
"He stays two miles well and we have to go for the final on Good Friday because of the massive amount of prize money on offer."
Part-owner Tony Byrne, who shares the horse with his nephew and Swindon construction firm business partner Shaun King, added: "We bought Litigant at Doncaster Sales for £18,500 in January last year and he has proved a bargain.
"We are very happy and looking forward to Good Friday. We have all our six or seven horses with Seamus Durack and we breed as well."
Litigant used to be trained by Andre Fabre in France, where he won twice in 2011. He raced three times for Fabre and now has had the same number of outings for Durack who has also celebrated two victories.