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Complicit likely to target All-Weather Championships Final after Lingfield Park victory in record time today

Nov 26 2013

Complicit, the winner of the seven-furlong 32Red Conditions Stakes at Lingfield Park today, Saturday, November 23 in course record time, gained a guaranteed free place for next years All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

Lingfield Park, Saturday, November 23, 2013
12.55pm £14,000 32 Red Conditions Stakes, 7f, Polytrack, Win & Youre In.

The two-year-old son of Captain Rio, trained by Paul Cole and ridden by Graham Lee, came with a smooth run to go past the front-running Evens favourite Sir Robert Cheval well inside the final furlong in the fifth of the 16 Win & Youre In races for All-Weather Championship Finals Day.

The colt can now take part in the £150,000 32Red.com Three-Year-Old Final, also over seven furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park, on Good Friday, April 18, 2014.

Complicit, who has overcome stalls problems, was having his fourth run, after finishing sixth in a Deauville, France, Listed race on his June 27 debut, landing a five-furlong maiden at Ripon on July 20 and previously being seen out when second in a decent six-furlong conditions race at Salisbury on October 2.

Today the 9/2 chance beat Sir Robert Cheval by a length, with a further four and a half lengths back to the third Ifrika, in a new course record time for a two-year-old of 1m 22.67s for the seven furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park. The previous record time was 1m 23.88s, set in October, 2008.

Cole commented: He ran at Deauville first time out and would not go in the stalls initially and Christophe Soumillon go at bit annoyed at him. Complicit finished sixth and we thought a bit of him because that was a Listed race.

Then we have had this stalls problem, but we seem to have got the better of that and he was as good as gold today. Oliver (his son and assistant) and the team at home have done a very good job with Complicit. I would have bet on him going in today.

He got the trip well and will probably get another furlong. He is a jolly nice horse and probably improving. He has grown a lot in the last couple of months.

At Salisbury, we were there really to see if we could get him started and we perhaps did not attack the race as much as we should have done. We did get him started and he has refused again (to go in the stalls).

Anyway, we are on track now and have cracked the problems - onwards and forwards.

He is a conditions race in Deauville in a fortnight or so time and I would be keen to go for the final, after consulting the owner, as it is a nice race to aim for.

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.

The winners of the four previous Win & Youre In races:-

1) 31/10/13 Listed 32Red / EBFstallions.com Fleur De Lys Fillies Stakes, Lingfield Park, Forgive gained a guaranteed place, with free entry, in the £150,000 32Red Fillies & Mares Stakes, run over seven furlongs, on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at Lingfield Park.

2) 16/11/13 Listed coral.co.uk Churchill Stakes, Lingfield Park, Prince Alzain gained a guaranteed place, with free entry, in the £200,000 Coral Middle Distance Final, run over 10 furlongs, on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at Lingfield Park.

3) 16/11/13 Listed Best Odds At bookmakers.co.uk Golden Rose Stakes, Lingfield Park, Valbchek, gained a guaranteed place, with free entry, in the £150,000 bookmakers.co.uk Sprint Final, run over six furlongs, on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at Lingfield Park.

4) 20/11/2013 Listed Winners Are Welcome At Betdaq EBF Stallions Hyde Stakes, Kempton Park, Sirius Prospect gained a guaranteed place, with free entry, in the £150,000 Ladbrokes Mile Final on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at Lingfield Park.

For further information please contact: Kate Hills, ARC Director of PR and Communications. Mobile: 07813 947201. Email: khills@arenaracingcompany.co.uk. Web: www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS: 1. Arena Racing Company (ARC) owns three of the four All-Weather tracks in Britain at Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton and has injected more than £2 million extra into prize money during the new All-Weather Championships which run from October to April and include Kempton Park. The All-Weather Championships climax in the richest All-Weather card in Europe which will be held at Lingfield Park on Good Friday (April 18, 2014) when £1 million in prize money will be available. The Championships consist of six different categories, with races for Three-Year-Olds, Fillies & Mares, Marathon, Sprint, Mile and Middle Distance. There are 59 upgraded races during the www.awchampionships.co.uk. 2. The All-Weather Championships Finals Day is ranked in the top 10 Flat total prize fund racedays, and its positioning on Good Friday is expected to see a significant increase in Levy yields. 3. The All-Weather Championships are supported by partners Ladbrokes, bookmakers.co.uk, Coral and 32Red.com, plus media partner At The Races. 4. Arena Racing Company is the largest racecourse operator in the UK, hosting nearly 40% of the fixture list. Fifteen racecourses make up the group including Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and Worcester. The Group also manages Ffos Las in West Wales.

Picture: Complicit (Graham Lee) - Saturday, November 23, 2013. Copyright: Jon Hoy