Trainer Ralph Beckett is hoping Haaf A Sixpence can capture the £45,000 Ladbrokes Handicap (8.20pm, 13 runners) over an extended mile, the highlight of an eight-race card at Wolverhampton this Saturday, November 30, the latest valuable race run during the All-Weather Championships.
The four-year-old son of Haafhd annexed the Spring Cup at Newbury in April and, after finishing down the field in handicaps at Ascot and Ayr, got back to winning ways in a mile handicap at Newmarket on November 2.
Haaf A Sixpence is unbeaten at Wolverhampton on Polytrack, having won a seven-furlong maiden in November, 2011, and a handicap over the same trip in April last year.
Beckett said: Haaf A Sixpence came out of his win at Newmarket in good shape.
He needed the run at Ayr on the back of a break, but bounced back and loved the soft ground at Newmarket.
He is a dual course winner at Wolverhampton and has got a good draw in stall three, so we are looking forward to running him and he should go well.
His first big aim next year will be the Lincoln (Doncaster, March 29).
Haaf A Sixpence, partnered again by regular rider Jim Crowley, will clash with 12 rivals, headed by top-weight Galician, who has been placed in two Win & Youre In races. Mark Johnstons three-year-old went down by a head to Forgive in the Listed 32Red/ebfstallions.com Fleur De Lys Fillies Stakes at Lingfield Park on October 31 before finishing third behind Sirius Prospect in the Listed Hyde Stakes at Kempton Park on November 20.
Solar Deity, a Listed course winner in March, improving turf performer Laffan and talented four-year-old Trader Jack, who will be having his second start for David Flood, also line up, while other notables include Italian Listed winner Tellovoi.
Racing gets underway at 5.50pm with a five-furlong maiden and concludes at 9.20pm with the second division of the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap.
As well as by taking one of the 16 Win & Youre In races, horses qualify for the six championship contests on All-Weather Championships Finals Day (Good Friday, April 18, 2014) 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.
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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.