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Lancashire Telegraph Racing Column
6:00am Friday 18th April 2014 in Sport
Robin Hoods Bay can finally gain the recognition his efforts deserve by winning the main event on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield.
Post-race chatter following the Winter Derby over this course and distance tended to revolve around the perceived no-show from hot favourite Grandeur.
Jeremy Noseda’s high calibre thoroughbred admittedly had a bad draw that day, but, even so, Robin Hoods Bay clinically had that one well held.
Be that as it may, Grandeur remains at the top of the betting for the Coral Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes when the pair renew rivalry.
This is probably fair. Noseda’s contender has posted some pretty excellent efforts in good company and easily defeated Vaughan’s charge in February.
That said, connections of Robin Hoods Bay must surely fancy their chances of upholding the form, such was his supremacy in the Winter Derby.
The gelded son of Motivator has improvement almost out of sight this year, and is especially adept over Lingfield’s mile-and-a-quarter trip.
Such is Robin Hoods Bay’s never-say-die constitution, he rates as pretty good value to unsettle the much-vaunted Grandeur, who admittedly has a much better stalls position this time.
Chookie Royale is worthy of support in the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes.
Things went a little awry in the Lincoln at Doncaster - he was never a factor on ground that was softer than ideal - but it is possibly more beneficial to focus upon his penultimate outing over seven furlongs at Wolverhampton.
Keith Dalgleish’s six-year-old absolutely hosed up in a Listed race, in which the well-regarded Hasopop was over three lengths in arrears.
Chookie Royale has yet to show he is as good at Lingfield as he is at Wolverhampton, but this rise in distance is unquestionably a positive for the highest-rated horse in the line-up.
It would be very dangerous to dismiss the utterly likeable Hawkeyethenoo in the bookmakers.co.uk All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes.
Jim Goldie’s eight-year-old has not had the greatest of winters, but he had set some very quick times over course and distance earlier in the year - albeit without success.
Hawkeyethenoo is an obvious threat at this level and could feasibly pop up at a fair price if he is on a going day.
Litigant can give emerging Wiltshire trainer Seamus Durack a nice winner in the 32Red Casino All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes.
The former Andre Fabre inmate has thrived since arriving in Britain and was a most impressive winner over this two-mile trip at the start of March.
Most striking about that half-length defeat of Noble Silk was the manner in which he overcame plenty of scrimmaging to still prevail with a degree of eclat.
Litigant is lightly raced with a big engine, and is almost not through progressing just yet.
Fashion Line was a big eyecatcher at Wolverhampton last time and should not be too far away in the 32Red.com All-Weather Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships Conditions Stakes.
The four-year-old filly has only raced five times, and looked exceedingly naive in the Lincoln trial at Dunstall Park when she appeared to completely lose her way inside the final couple of furlongs.
That said, Michael Bell’s representative was only beaten a length and a quarter by Whispering Warrior and should know a lot more about what is demanded of her at Lingfield.
The daughter of Cape Cross is not devoid of stamina, but this shorter trip should not be considered a negative.
Honoured’s stout Southwell form, allied to the appointment of Oisin Murphy, surely sees him enter the equation for the coral.co.uk All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap.
The seven-year-old chestnut found two miles a step too far a week and a half ago, but will be far happier with his lot back over this optimum trip.
Ertijaal is perhaps one of the most significant horses in attendance at the Surrey circuit and can illustrate the point by winning the 32Red All-Weather Three-Year-Old Championships Conditions Stakes.
William Haggas’ colt won the Listed Sprint Cup over this course and distance in March and has hitherto looked every inch a Pattern-race performer.
A late dash for the Guineas would not be a fanciful notion if all goes to plan.
Haggas should also be on the mark on a good card at Musselburgh, where Heeraat’s class is taken to shine through in the totepool.com Borderlescott Sprint Trophy.
LINGFIELD: 1.45 Honoured, 2.20 Fashion Line, 2.55 Ertijaal, 3.30 Litigant, 4.05 Hawkeyethenoo, 4.40 Chookie Royale, 5.20 ROBIN HOODS BAY (NAP).
MUSSELBURGH: 2.10 Cheerio Sweetie, 2.40 Heeraat, 3.15 Chicago, 3.50 Roachdale House, 4.25 Silver Rime, 4.55 Moorhouse Lad, 5.30 Bronze Beau, 6.00 Naburn.
DOUBLE: Robin Hoods Bay and Chookie Royale.
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