James Given is set to unleash exciting new recruit Snowmane in the £45,000 Listed Coral App Download From The App Store Churchill Stakes (3.10pm, 17 entries) at Lingfield Park on Saturday, November 15.
The 10-furlong contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3.
Snowmane was purchased for 210,000 guineas on behalf of the Cool Silk Partnership at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses-In-Training Sale on October 28. The three-year-old son of Galileo had been with Ger Lyons in Ireland where he won two of his eight starts, including last time out when storming to a five-length victory in an extended 10-furlong handicap on Polytrack at Dundalk on October 3.
Given reported: Snowmane is an intended runner at Lingfield on Saturday. He has settled in fine and is obviously a gelding so he comes without some of the issues a colt would have.
He has had one gallop at home for us which went nicely and we are happy with him. It is always nice to get one by Galileo as he is the worlds best sire and they are nice horses.
I think we will look at a domestic programme with him. He has been bought with the Winter Derby Trial and Winter Derby in mind and then next summer, who knows. One would hope he has the ability to be running in good races maybe abroad but also in this country.
The entries also feature Graphic (William Haggas), who captured the Group Three Prix Messidor in July, last years Cambridgeshire hero Educate (Ismail Mohammed) and Balmoral Handicap runner-up Maverick Wave (John Gosden).
Some high-class sprinters could also be on show in the £40,000 Listed Unibet Golden Rose Stakes (2.35pm) over six furlongs, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Unibet Sprint over the same distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day.
Among the 17 entries are Medicean Man (Jeremy Gask), who was fourth to Sole Power in the Group One Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, 2012 Group One Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes victor Krypton Factor (George Peckham) and progressive three-year-old Polybius (David Lanigan).
A fantastic seven-race card also features the £19,000 Ladbrokes Handicap (2.00pm) over a mile, which could see the return of Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile third Alfred Hutchinson (Geoff Oldroyd).
Horses qualify for the seven championship contests on the £1.1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day (Good Friday, April 3, 2015) by winning a specified Fast Track Qualifier or running in a minimum of three races at Britains five All-Weather tracks, Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton, owned by ARC, The Jockey Clubs Kempton Park and Chelmsford City, between October 30 and March 30. Alternatively, one of the three qualifying runs can come at Dubais Meydan Racecourse (dirt) or on the All-Weather surfaces at Irelands Dundalk and the French tracks of Cagnes Sur Mer, Chantilly and Deauville.