Sprint All-Weather Championships Runner Guide

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1. Alfredo Arcano

Trainer - David Marnane

Jockey - Oisin Orr

David Marnane brings over Alfredo Arcano, who got back to his best when prevailing at Dundalk at the beginning of the month.

His international campaign very much failed in Meydan, and a return to home ground brought about a miraculous and much needed return to form.

Struck a few times before his UAE ventures, winning his last four on the all-weather goingeft-handed over five or six furlongs.

This should certainly suit, but some top rivals taking their place too.

2. Alsvinder

Trainer - Philip Kirby

Jockey - Daniel Tudhope

Alsvinder has won two nice course and distance handicaps this side of Christmas, and will look to motor on for new trainer Philip Kirby having left David O’Meara’s yard.

He was successful on his latest start in a Claimer at Newcastle, but will need to significantly raise his game to be back amongst it at this level.

Yet to be gelded, and the upset is always there for the taking.

3. Areen Heart

Trainer - David O'Meara

Jockey - Robbie Downey

Consistent type in the colours of Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah, who has placed eleven times in his last thirteen appearances, and certainly offers much each way value here.

He last won a race here in September of last year over seven, and was dropped for a race over six in preparation for this last time at Wolves, where he was a closer runner-up.

Deep waters here however, and a big career best required.

4. Encore D'Or

Trainer - Robert Cowell

Jockey - Luke Morris

Found to have an irregular heartbeat last time out here at Lingfield and that does raise one or two eyebrows, but will arrive here fully recovered one would suggest.

A drop-in class last season saw Encore D’Or back to his best, and struck in smart sprinting affairs at Leicester and Yarmouth.

He returned after a break to land the spoils at Newcastle over five – of which his best form does come over.

Must overcome a wide draw if looking to better last year’s third.

5. Encrypted

Trainer - Hugo Palmer

Jockey - Ryan Moore

Off the track over 150 days, but represents a good record on the artificial surface; four wins from five.

He notably improved on first start at this venue to win a course and distance Listed race six months ago.

Expect more to come under a jockey currently riding at an average of one in three in the last fortnight (ten from thirty-one).

6. Forza Capitano

Trainer - H-A Pantall

Jockey - Vincent Cheminaud

French colt, who won on his first and only start of the new year – taking a 6.5furlong Conditions contest on Chantilly’s polytrack.

Back in third was the former Andrew Balding six-year-old Viscount Barfield, and he arrives in Britain for the first time with much improvement hindering on his young shoulders.

Going the right way; must up his game.

7. George Bowen

Trainer - Richard Fahey

Jockey - David Nolan

Commanding performance couple of weeks ago back in the Magnolia Stakes at Kempton, taking his record to two out of five on the artificial surface.

As good as ever that day, and usually comes up with the goods every so often after a quiet spell.

Heavily raced seven-year-old but still showing plenty of life, and must have a positive shout in this from a good draw.

8. Kachy

Trainer - Tom Dascombe

Jockey - Richard Kingscote

Surely a delight to train, Kachy will take all the catching once again, and in many ways, can be considered a Group One horse on the All-weather.

Turf form isn’t bad either – second at Royal Ascot back in the day to Quiet Reflection in the Commonwealth Cup, and strung the field out like Monday morning washing at Chester in May.

Winning there by nine lengths, his win over six here in the Listed Cleves Stakes set a new track record, and holds every chance of going one better than last year.

9. Merhoob

Trainer - John Ryan

Jockey - James Doyle

Despite recent misfortunes, Merhoob’s career form around Lingfield makes for unbelievable reading – his last six beginning with a hat-trick of wins followed by a treble of seconds.

Certainly capable of better after his lackluster seventh in the Borderlescott Sprint Trophy at Musselburgh latest, behind some top class speedy types on the turf.

Notable jockey booking of The Doyler off career high mark.

10. Royal Birth

Trainer - Stuart Williams

Jockey - Tom Marquand

Very used to the dynamics of the Lingfield venue, having raced here in all bar one of his six most previous appearances.

Three wins have come here from eight lifetime victories – however all over five furlongs, so the jump back to six would raise a few worries about his current physique.

Others certainly more preferable on that basis.

11. Stone Of Destiny

Trainer - Andrew Balding

Jockey - David Probert

Anyone who goes against an Andrew Balding horse is being made to look a fool at the minute, particularly in the colours of King Power Racing.

Although without the services of Silvestre De Sousa, David Probert comes into ride this four- year-old son of Acclamation, who is by no stretch of the imagination an easy mount to ride.

Clearly has plenty of ability, but not one inch of that was demonstrated here over five just under a month ago, when well beaten at an early stage having been sent off the favourite.

Chances if on song.

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