All-Weather Championships Reports, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, Lingfield Park
2pm £45,000 Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap, 6f, Polytrack
Earlier today Tarooq marked himself down as a sprinter to follow with a smooth length and a half success in the six-furlong £45,000 Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap on the Polytrack at Lingfield Park, setting a new track record in the process.
The seven-year-old was running for the second time for trainer David Barron, who is now eyeing All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfied Park on Good Friday (April 18).
North Yorkshire-based Barron said: It was a good one to win today and I think you would have to look at Good Friday now for Tarooq.
If the horse keeps right, it would have to be on the cards.
I havent had a look yet to see what our options are from here as we are in the hands of the handicapper and it is pointless trying to make a plan until we know what mark we are up to.
He is probably going to go up to 104 or something like that.
It might be the case if he went too high then he might end up in a conditions or Listed race next time but All-Weather Championships Finals Day is definitely on the agenda.
6.20pm, £60,000 Betdaq - The Sports Betting Exchange Handicap (London Middle Distance Series Final), 1m 3f, Polytrack
Im Fraam Govan, owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, finished strongly to gain the advantage well inside the final furlong in the £60,000 Betdaq - The Sports Betting Exchange Handicap (London Middle Distance Series Final) over 11 furlongs.
Held up by Jim Crowley, the five-year-old son of Fraam tried to come with a run in the straight but there was no gap and had to be switched left before finding space to come through horses and challenge the leaders.
He won by a length from Castilo Del Diablo in a good time of 2m 18.34s and this was his third victory at Kempton Park.
Trainer George Baker commented: I am absolutely delighted with Im Fraam Govan.
He promised to be quite good as a bumper horse. We ran him in the Cheltenham bumper and went there full of hope but I think he does not quite stay that sort of trip.
Bringing him to the Flat has worked out fantastically and I think he has shown that today. He is a big horse and got stopped in his run two and a half furlongs out but still managed to get going again and win pretty easily.
He is an exciting prospect for Sir Alex and it is great fun for us to be training a good one for him.
When the horse won round Kempton two months ago, it made sense to protect his mark and go for this £60,000 prize. It was meant to be run last week until it got fogged off but luckily it has all come good today.
This was the plan and we will get him home and see where we are. He clearly goes at Kempton on the Polytrack but he also has decent form on turf and will be going up to a mark that maybe means he can sneak into some of the bigger handicaps next summer.
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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.