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On-fire Gosden aims Saturdays Lingfield Park Listed winner Dick Doughtywylie at £200,000 Coral All-Weather Championships Final

Dec 23 2013

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Newmarket trainer John Gosden sent out the first and second in this Listed race but probably not in the order he expected, with 5/1 chance Dick Doughtywylie (Rab Havlin) beating 5/4 favourite Gatewood (William Buick) by a half-length.

Five-year-old Dick Doughtywylie was slightly slow into stride and came around the nine-strong field to take up the running after two furlongs.

The son of Oasis Dream was challenged strongly by Gatewood inside the final furlong but was never headed and kept on gamely to triumph in 2m 5.03s, with Galician a neck back in third.

Gosden, whose wife Rachel Hood bred and owns the winner, commented: It was a good run from Dick Doughtywylie who stuck his head out and bravely fought off all challengers.

The All-Weather Championships Final is very much the target for Dick Doughtywylie who will be freshened up now.

Gatewood is not quite back to his best after his time in Australia.

Gosden has his horses in tremendous form and this was his 10th winner from 19 runners on the All-Weather this month.

Havlin added: I am delighted for Dick Doughtywylie. He is such a yardstick in the stable as he is one of the main lead horses.

He battled and is really tough - a pleasing result.

Havlin, enjoying his best ever year with 61 winners in 2013, is in nearly as good form as the trainer, with 12 successes from 45 rides in December.

Dick Doughtywylie has run three times during the new All-Weather Championships, which started on October 26, and so he is qualified to go for the £200,000 Middle Distance Final sponsored by Coral on Good Friday (April 18) over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park.

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 or else by succeeding in one of the 16 Fast Track Qualifiers.

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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.