A field of six goes for the £14,000 32Red Conditions Stakes (12.55pm) at Lingfield Park on Saturday, November 23., with the winner qualifying immediately for the new All-Weather Championships Finals Day.
The seven-furlong contest is the fifth of 16 Win & Youre In races for the All-Weather Championship Finals Day, with the victorious horse being guaranteed a place with free entry in the £150,000 32Red.com Three-Year-Old Final, also run over seven furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park, on Good Friday, April 18, 2014.
Sir Robert Cheval created a very favourable impression when successful in a maiden over the same course and distance on November 13, scoring easily by three and a half lengths.
On his only other start, the two-year-old son of Green Desert, trained in Newmarket by Marco Botti, finished third over six furlongs on soft turf at Yarmouth on October 22.
Botti explained today: Sir Robert Cheval is in good form and has come out of his win at Lingfield well.
The ground was against him on his debut at Yarmouth but he couldnt have done it any easier at Lingfield. Its difficult to assess the strength of these All-Weather maidens at this time of year, but he had been working well at home and quickened up nicely.
I didnt think he had a hard race and, although he is not a horse we want to be running through the winter, if he wins on Saturday he will be qualified for the final on Good Friday. Saturdays race is another step up but I think he is up to it.
Whatever happens though, we will put him away for next year because we think he is a nice horse and there should be plenty of improvement to come.
Stable jockey Martin Harley takes the ride again. Also set to line up on Saturday is Ben Hall (John Gosden/Robert Havlin), who has shown a good level of form this year including when a close seventh in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and when sixth, beaten just over three lengths, in the Group Two Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Complicit (Paul Cole/Graham Lee) landed a maiden at Ripon in July and was last seen out when second in a decent conditions race at Salisbury on October 2. Yagheer (Roger Varian/Andrea Atzeni) and Ifrika (Clive Brittain/Luke Morris) are both maidens but have posted promising efforts, while the field is completed by the filly Sandsmans Girl (James Given/Dale Swift).
An eight-race All-Weather programme at Lingfield Park on Saturday runs from 11.50am through to 3.45pm.
After Saturday, the next Win & Youre In contest for the All-Weather Champions Finals Day is at Lingfield Park on January 11, 2014.
As well as by taking a Win & Youre In race, horses qualify for the six championship contests on All-Weather Championships Finals Day by running in a minimum of three races at Britains All-Weather tracks - three owned by ARC, Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton, and The Jockey Clubs Kempton Park - between October 26 and April 12.
Both Lingfield Park and Kempton Park stage £19,000 Class 2 handicaps at their fixtures on Wednesday, November 27.
Picture: Sir Robert Cheval and Martin Harley winning the 1.30 race at Lingfield earlier this year. Copyright: John Hoy