All-Weather Championships Day Betting Tips

All-Weather Championships Day Betting Tips

There will be seven fantastic races with runners fighting it out to win a share of the prize money at Lingfield on All Weather Championship Vase Day, plus an incredible card of action at Newcastle for their All Weather Championship Finals raceday.

Some big handicap prizes are up for grabs over trips ranging from six furlongs to two miles and every race is going to be hotly contested on the day, including the feature Easter Classic at Newcastle.

Adrian Wall provides his analysis on the big races of the day at Newcastle, where they race from 1.18-4.40, as well as some other selections at Lingfield's big meeting, where they race from 1.30-5.00.

2.05 Lingfield - BetUK All-Weather Vase Middle Distance Handicap (1m2f)

The first selection of the day comes in a very competitive handicap for horses rated 0-90, and Roger Varian's Inspiritus can gain sweet revenge on Karl Burke's Bystander in the capable hands of James Doyle.

Inspiritus was outpaced by the reopposing Bystander when the pair met over course and distance in an apprentice handicap this month, but there are several factors at play which gives me hope that the form can be reversed.

No offence to Bystander's rider Brandon Wilkie, who is a fantastic apprentice, but he will have to face one of the best pilots on the planet this time around and who is a serious judge of pace around this track.

The next factor is the swing in the weights as Inspiritus has a 4lb pull with his rival, while the draw is also a major factor this time around. Bystander is out in stall 11, which isn't ideal, whereas the selection has a handy draw in stall six.

Varian has a 25 per cent return at Lingfield in the last five years and his lightly-raced runner has what it takes to get his head back in front.

The biggest danger at a price could be Troon, who is having his first run for the shrewd Adam West.

The market will tell the story with regard to this boy's chances, but the son of Gleneagles steps up to distance for the first time off a nice mark and he is interesting.



2.40 Lingfield - BetMGM All-Weather Vase Mile Handicap (1m)

It could be a very good day at the office for jockey James Doyle if things go to plan and he has another big chance aboard the Sean Woods-trained Borgi over the sharp mile.

The five-year-old only found the progressive McLean House too good when second over track and trip in February. That horse takes his chance in the valuable All-Weather Championships Mile Handicap at Newcastle on the same day.

Borgi was value for more than a neck win when coming from rear to score over a mile at Southwell when last seen, powering home inside the final furlong and, as a consequence of that narrow victory, the handicapper could only put him up 2lb.

That seems rather lenient as he looks like a horse who is still ahead of his mark.

Irish challenger Benavente could lay down the biggest challenge to the selection. Kevin Coleman's runner won really easily at Southwell over this trip last month, travelling all over his rivals approaching the furlong pole.

A 7lb hike in the weights will make life much tougher on this occasion, but he's well worth his place in the field.



3.35 Newcastle - BetUK All-Weather Sprint Handicap (6f)

It was a very strange move by connections to run Juan Les Pins over 1m4f at Wolverhampton this month.

Given the seven-year-old had never raced beyond 7f in his career, it certainly smacked of a runner who was out to get ready for a race, rather than set up to win that race.

The race he was getting ready for was this one and now dropping back down to 6f, he has to be of big interest.

Trained by Mick Appleby, who is a dab hand at getting one spot on for these big sprints, Juan Les Pins came back from a break to finish second to the progressive Diligent Harry in the 5f Listed Hever Sprint at Southwell in February.

Beaten just over a length in fourth behind stablemate Annaf in an Ascot Group 3 in October, he could be fairly treated off 105 returning to handicap company.

Gordon Elliott's Coachello has been reported to be doing some serious work at home on the gallops and he could be the danger.

He won a good handicap over course and distance off a mark of 104 in December and, although now 4lb higher, he won very well that day and deserves respect.

3.50 - BetUK All-Weather Easter Classic Middle Distance Handicap (1m2f)

The feature race of the day is upon us and Irish raider Elegant Man is entitled to a lot of respect after his demolition job at Dundalk when last seen.

He has a Group 1 entry, but is handicapped accordingly, so it might pay to side with Mick Appleby's Penzance.

The progressive four-year-old started off life in handicaps off a rating of 69 last summer, but has won his last four on the bounce and is now rated 98.

A winner over course and distance in January, he landed the four-timer when winning the middle distance trial at Lingfield at the start of the month.

Sent off as favourite on the day, he had a prominent pitch throughout and picked up really well to go on and score in the closing stages. He deserves to be at the head of the market.

Track and trip winner To Catch A Thief disappointed here when last seen, but was well backed in the betting that day and William Haggas' son of Cracksman could be lurking off a very dangerous mark.

The bottom weight is likely to be better than his mark of 90 and should go well.




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