14:00 Lingfield Fri 19 April 2019
- Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes (Class 2)
- 1m 7f 169y,
- 11 Runners
- Surface: Polytrack
Prolific in France and impressive on two Polytrack starts in UK, most recently when making up plenty of ground to score comfortably at Chelmsford. That form has been franked with the runner-up winning in Listed company; leading contender.
Just one win from 14 on AW. Badly out of form in recent times and no obvious signs he's going to stay this sort of trip, his breeding also offering little encouragement. This demands something close to a career best and others hold stronger claims.
Rattled off a four-timer around the turn of the year including three 1m4f course wins. However, handicapper eventually caught up with him and he's hard to fancy on these terms in a conditions race. Back up in trip.
Northumberland Plate winner in 2017 but he's been on a losing streak since and looks unlikely to turn the form around with Amade who he was 5¾L behind at Chelmsford last month; plenty to prove at present.
Won over this trip at Kempton in first-time headgear in January 2018 but he's not won since and he produced a sluggish performance over C&D when last seen, seemingly without excuses; needs to bounce back but did finish runner-up in this last year.
Not consistent, as seen when failing to back up a course win when favourite under a penalty last time but he does have a good record around here (seven course wins). Step back up in trip not certain to suit though.
Surprise winner of a 1m4f Listed race at Kempton two starts back when getting the better of Verdana Blue and showed he could have a future at 2m when only narrowly denied at Kempton last time by re-opposing Stamford Raffles; each-way claims.
Put up a career best effort when winning at Kempton two starts back (Spark Plug runner-up) and not disgraced at Chelmsford subsequently when third of seven. Will do well to reverse the Kempton form off level weights but ideally drawn to lead again.
Has placed in the last two renewals of this race and has a good record here with three wins (including C&D). Freshened up for this after a couple of below par efforts and has won off a break before so he's expected to make a bold bid from the front.
Too bad to be true when a long way behind Amade and Higher Power at Chelmsford last time but had looked progressive prior to that run and has fewer miles on the clock than many in here. Needs a career best but well bred sort who could run well.
Last Year's Winner
|4||Funny Kid||5||9-5||7/2||Full Result|
|T: C FerlandJ: M Guyon|
Amade (1/1), Aircraft Carrier (11/2), Watersmeet (13/2), Spark Plug (7/1), Stamford Raffles (14/1), Higher Power (14/1), Petite Jack (16/1), Lord George (16/1), Fearsome (33/1), Battle Of Marathon (50/1), Grey Britain (SP)
- Spark Plug
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