Jason Weaver: It’s all about Speed at Lingfield’s All Weather Championships on Good Friday

Mark Johnson's colt can keep the best until last to justify his 2,000 Guineas entry

Jason Weaver

We’re Flat out over the next couple of days with action from Dubai and Lingfield’s All Weather Championships onGood Friday.

Saturday’s Dubai World Cup at Meydan looks a match on the betting with California Chrome and Frosted heading the market. Everything else is more than three times their price.

But I’m going to chance Dale Romans’ Keen Ice for a bit of each-way value. He looks the forgotten horse or the race and I’d put a line through his last run. The pace of Saturday’s spectacular should suit him and he’ll also have the services of the best big-race jockey in the world, Ryan Moore.

He’ll ride him patiently and avoid the mad dash up front. I expect to see him arriving fast and late to take advantage of any holes in the market leaders. Prince Bishop lowered California Chrome’s colours last year with similar tactics.


Cold As Ice, Lingfield 7f, 1:40pm

Nothing original here in picking the odds on fav in the opener but we want to get off to a flyer don’t we? She looked unlucky over 6f last time when flying home late and will appreciate the step up to 7f.

William Haggas’ runner is the top-rated in the race and should get us a few sheets in the back pocket early on.


Alben Star, 6f, 2:10pm

We’re going for a real horse for a course with Richard Fahey’s runner here. He’s been a regular in this race and was second here last year after running out the winner in 2014. Hasn’t has much luck with the draw recently and was posted very deep here over 5f the last day. He’s much better drawn today and can give us some value at a double-figure price.

Moonrise Landing , 2m, 2.40pm

Always highly regarded by her trainer Ralph Beckett who ran her in the Oaks trail here on only her second outing as a three-year-old. Its taken time to step her up to this 2m trip but has now strengthened into her frame.

She’s won at this track on her debut two seasons ago and her last run in December marked her third victory on the bounce. Sets the standard here.

Line of Reason, 5f, Wolverhampton, 4pm

There’s good money on offer at Wolves also and Line of Reason made a good return at Lingfield 27 days ago in a very hot Listed contest. He was rusty early on and got too far back. However, he rattled home to be beaten by just over a length.

He’ll be much sharper today



Gracious John, 5f, Lingfield, 4:15pm

If we forgive him his last start he would be odds on to win here. Went so wide at Chelmsford that he could have  gone to the burger van rounding for home but still ran on well enough to only get beaten a length. If he handles the bends and keeps a straighter line here he should be too good.


4:45 Cape Speed, 1m, 4.45pm

Mark Johnson’s colt arrives here in top order off the back of three wins. He’s not top rated but he’s improving rapidly and has a good draw in box three. The likely favourite Haalick got the best run in a very messy race weere plenty of the other riders were convinced they should of won.

Cape Speed has an entry in the 2,000 Guineas and if he wants to dance with Air Force Blue he’ll really need to be winning this contest.


What do you think?