Easter Classic Preview – Friday 30th March
Last updated: March 28, 2018 by Leon Marshal
Lingfield Park stages the All-Weather Championships on Friday, culminating in the Betway Easter Classic at 4.40.
Haggas and Doyle team up at Lingfield
The combination of William Haggas and James Doyle secured Saturday’s Lincoln Handicap with Addeybb. They team up again here with the well-backed Victory Bond, a five-year-old gelding by Medicean.
Victory Bond has always been held in high regard and has very few miles on the clock. He is yet to finish out of the first two in four races on the all-weather. Minor victories at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton have been followed by two good efforts in Listed class at Lingfield. He was beaten by Master The World in November after losing his position early on. Last time out he was beaten by Utmost after being chased along shortly after leaving the stalls.
Master The World gained his second Lingfield victory when awarded the Winter Derby here last month. Mr Owen was guilty of bumping his rival and the placings were reversed by the stewards. David Elsworth’s grey was runner-up in the 2015 Cambridgeshire and won the valuable Betfred Mile at Goodwood last summer. Sean Levey was in the saddle for both of his recent victories and retains the ride.
Utmost is trained by John Gosden and finished a close sixth in the Winter Derby, leading until inside the final furlong. Front-running tactics had paid dividends when defeating Victory Bond on his previous start and he cannot be ruled out.
Mr Owen renews rivalry with Master The World
Mr Owen would almost certainly have won last time but for veering across his rival in the closing stages. David Simcock’s six-year-old won a Listed race in France in December and has tackled Group 1 company in the past. Jamie Spencer was on board last time and hands over the reins to Oisin Murphy on Saturday.
Josephine Gordon rides Star Archer for Hugo Palmer, a four-year-old son of Champs Elysees. He was odds-on to complete a hat-trick at Kempton in March but could only finish third to Kyllachy Gala. That was a slightly disappointing effort but it was a very muddling race with no pace early on. He is likely to get a more even gallop here.
Pactolus finished ahead of Star Archer that day and has since chased home Big Country at Wolverhampton. The winner ran a dismal race in the Lincoln last Saturday and Pactolus has been difficult to win with lately. He has only got his head in front on the line once in his last seventeen races.
Hanagan booked for Abe Lincoln
Paul Hanagan rides Abe Lincoln for Jeremy Noseda. The son of Discreet Cat won here in February when beating Emenem by three-quarters of a length. He was then a fast-finishing third to C Note at Wolverhampton.
Petite Jack has nearly three lengths to make up on Master The World from their most recent clash. He also looks held by Victory Bond on their Winter Derby Trial from. There were no obvious excuses for him on either occasion.
Battalion has won four of his sixteen races on the all-weather. He had the unusual warm-up of a run over hurdles at Southwell, falling when headed at the final flight. Batallion was no match for Victory Bond when beaten four lengths by that rival at Wolverhampton previously.
Lingfield Easter Classic Betting Tips
Mr Owen @4-1 Betway
The Lingfield Easter Classic is due off at 4.40 on Friday 30th March and will be televised live on ITV4.