All-Weather Finals preview: Kachy can land Sprint crown at LingfieldPublished on: April 18, 2019Author: David Metcalf
A total of £1,000,000 in prize money is up for grabs on a cracking seven-race All-Weather Championships Finals Day card at Lingfield on Good Friday, April 19.
The John Gosden trained Wissahickon is the highest-rated runner in action off an official rating 117 and goes for a fifth straight victory in the feature £200,000 Easter Classic over 1m 2f (16:15).
He is considered the banker of the day by many and looks impossible to oppose, but top-price odds of 2/5 with Unibet reflect that.
That price is too short for most punters to get involved, so Kachy appeals more as the best bet at 4/5 with BetVictor in the Sprint Final over 6f (15:05).
This Tom Dascombe trained six-year-old has only tasted defeat once in five starts on the all-weather. That was when when runner-up in this 12 months ago to subsequent Group 1 winner City Light.
Kachy has won all three of his other starts over course and distance and looked better than ever this season in breaking course records on both his outings.
In the last of those he was simply electric in a Listed contest over course and distance back in February when breaking like a bullet from a high draw, before running his rivals ragged from the front to score by 3 1/2 lengths from Gorgeous Nora.
That stunning success has earned the son of Kyllachy an official rating of 112. It gives him 4lb and upwards in hand on his 10-rivals, so if running to form this looks his for the taking. He looks well worth a wager and putting in a win double with Wissahickon also appeals.
Amade tough to beat in Marathon
In the Marathon run over an extended 1m 7f (14:00), French raider Amade looks a worthy 5/4 favourite with Paddy Power to land the spoils.
Trained by by Alessandro and Giuseppe Botti, this five-year-old is on a serious upward curve and comes into the contest on the back of five straight successes.
After quickening clear to easily beat Castlelyons by 2 1/4 lengths on his first start in this country at Kempton, Amade could not have been any more impressive when following-up over 2m at Chelmsford last month.
He was steadied at the start and held-up in the last pair, then this son of Casamento cruised into contention a furlong from home and showed a smart turn of foot to beat Elegiac by 3 1/2 lengths.
The runner-up, to whom he was conceding 3lb, has since landed a Listed contest at Nottingham to give the form a rock solid look.
Amade also had Higher Power, Aircraft Carrier and Grey Britain in-behind and has nothing to fear from that re-opposing trio. Judged on the manner of those successes he is going to be tough to beat.
The obvious danger is the top-rated Grey Mountain who is a course and distance winner and can be backed at 10/1 with William Hill. At those odds he looks overpriced and appeals each-way.
Rasima holds leading claims in Fillies’ and Mares’
Trainer Roger Varian has his team in terrific shape and Rasima looks value at 5/1 with BetVictor to provide him with another winner in the 7f Fillies’ And Mares’ (14:30).
This five-year-old has a solid record on the artificial surface having won once and been placed three times in five starts.
The win came on her sole previous visit to this venue when last seen in action back in November and landing a 12-runner Listed contest over 1m by 1 1/4 lengths from Move Swiftly.
Rasima showed plenty of pace to race close up behind the leaders and, after being produced to take up the running inside the last, ran on strongly to score a shade comfortably.
It was a very taking and smart performance as she was rated 6lb inferior to the runner-up going into the contest and they raced off level weights.
Rasima also ran well earlier in the season when a 5 1/2 lengths fifth of seven to subsequent multiple Group 1 winner Sea Of Class in a Listed contest at York and runner-up in a Group 3 at Newcastle.
The form of those races make her a major player in this and the drop back to 7f should not be a problem, as she has been placed in three of her four starts over it and has plenty of tactical speed to get a good early position.
Island Life, who heads the betting at 7/2 with Coral, looks sure to go well and give her most to think about.
Of those at bigger odds, Clon Coulis looks an each-way alternative under Jamie Spencer at a standout 9/1 with Ladbrokes.
Glendevon odds appeal each-way
Glendevon has been knocking on the door of late and looks a tempting each-way play at the 14/1 available with William Hill in the Mile Championships Conditions Stakes that brings proceedings to a close (16:45).
This Richard Hughes trained four-year-old has finished runner-up in three of his last four starts, and went down all guns blazing in the last of those when beaten just a head by Crossing The Line over 7f at Kempton.
After tracking the leaders and racing too keenly, the son of Scat Daddy made his effort on the outside a furlong from home and stuck to the task gamely to lose out in final few strides
It was a highly promising return to action on his first run following a 115-day break, and Glendevon should no be fully tuned to do himself justice.
The step back up to a a mile will also play to his strengths as he has solid form over further and this contest is traditionally a strongly run affair.
Glendevon is also able to race off an unchanged mark of 100, and the booking of Ryan Moore to do the steering is an eye-catching one which suggests connections are expecting a big run.
Of the rest, the thriving Keyser Soze narrowly shades favouritism at 5/1 with Ladbrokes and looks sure to go well – if coping with the step up to a mile, as all his best form has been over 7f.
Oh This Is Us, an 11/2 shot with BetVictor, disappointed last time out but is a course and distance winner who would hold major claims if bouncing back to his best.