THERE is no doubt that the All-Weather Championships have been a tremendous success since they were introduced in the winter of 2013.
Finals Day at Lingfield Park has seen huge crowds every year, as well as some top class horses thanks to the excellent prize money on offer.
Richard Fahey has dominated the Sprint Final (3.10pm), landing the inaugural running with Alben Star in 2014 and then following up with the same horse 12 months ago.
In fact, Alben Star was also second in 2015 which is a pretty incredible record in a competitive contest like this.
There aren’t many better trainers of sprinters than Fahey and I fancy him to notch his hat-track in this race with new recruit KIMBERELLA at 9/2.
Formerly trained by Dandy Nicholls, he bolted up over the minimum trip here last month on his first start for the yard.
He had a poor draw that day, but the strong pace meant he could pounce late and he won going away at the line.
The step up to six furlongs is a positive rather than a negative, while his draw in stall five is just about perfect.
Lancelot Du Lac is always a threat in this type of race and looks sure to run well after just being beaten by Royal Birth in the Hever Sprint over five back in February.
In fact, analysis from Total Performance Data (TPD) revealed that Royal Birth recorded the fastest time of any Sprint trial race that day.
He has a handy draw in stall three, but the worry is if he will fully last home over six furlongs.
Pretend won this race two years ago for Godolphin and is a very decent sprinter on his day.
However, his last two runs haven’t been his best and I’m happy to stick with Kimberella against the field.
I expect Godolphin to be celebrating during the afternoon, though, as they look to have two big chances in the Marathon (2.10pm).
Winning Story ran well behind Watersmeet on his first start of the year at Chelmsford last month, and both of those have serious claims here.
But I was really impressed with NATURAL SCENERY at Newcastle on Valentine’s Day, where the step up to two miles clearly suited.
She was very strong at the finish that day and I can see her continuing to thrive now that she is running over this longer trip.
David Probert gets the leg up, while the 9lbs she’s getting from some of her rivals could tip the balance in her favour.
Take the 4/1 with 188BET, who incidentally are offering each-way terms of ¼ odds for all races on Finals Day at Lingfield, which is a terrific concession.
The other interesting contender is Pinzolo, who was second to Convey in the Winter Derby in February.
That was a strong run and if he stays the trip he will be a big threat. The distance is a question mark though.
The richest race on the card is the Easter Classic (4.40pm) and I think it’s best to keep things simple here.
CONVEY won the aforementioned Winter Derby really well on his first start of the season since being gelded.
He proved he stays this 10 furlong trip and I fancy him to confirm the form with Absolute Blast, Battalion and Grendisar.
Natural Scenery 2.10pm Lingfield
Kimberella 3.10pm Lingfield
Convey 4.40pm Lingfield