The Max bets in December have been consistent for us Krystalite,Cotillion, Premier Bound winning well in the last two weeks, with the strike rate at 34%. The French trained Caointiorn came from last to first with a sweeping run down the outside when successful over seven and a half furlongs in the Listed Prix Miss Satamixa (16 runners), a Fast-Track Qualifier for Britain’s All-Weather Championships, at Deauville, France on Polytrack last Sunday.
The four-year-old Stormy Weather filly is guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 32Red.com Fillies & Mares’ Championships over seven furlongs at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 25, 2016.
British challenger Pack Together (Richard Hannon/Christophe Soumillon), who is owned by Her Majesty The Queen, disputed the running after entering the straight but faded out of contention approaching the final furlong and came home 11th.
Caointiorn’s powerful surge took her to the front well inside the final furlong, one and three quarter lengths ahead of another strong finisher, Sea Front (Eric Libaud/Alexis Badel,10/1), with the favourite Ameenah (Frederic Rossi/Olivier Peslier) a head back in third. Volunteer-Front (Mick Channon/Charles Bishop, 9/1) was the first home of the three British challengers in fourth, a further short-head in arrears, after taking the lead just inside the final furlong before finding no extra.
Alfajer (Marco Botti/Cristian Demuro, 5/1), the third British-trained raider, stayed on to be fifth, another half-length behind. The winning time was 1m 26.77s.
Fresles captured France’s final Listed race of the year in 2014 and went on to win the £150,000 32Red.com Fillies & Mares’ Championships on Good Friday.
The third All-Weather Championships run from Thursday, October 29, 2015 and culminate with All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday, March 25, 2016, at Lingfield Park. The seven races on All-Weather Championships Finals Day are worth a total of £1.1 million.
Horses can qualify for one of the races on Finals Day by racing three times on an All-Weather surface in Britain, France or Ireland. Horses need to be high enough rated to run in one of the seven Finals, each worth at least £150,000, or they can make sure of participation by winning a Fast-Track Qualifier, which grants free and guaranteed entry.
Sprinter Sacre beat Sire De Grugy at Kempton last weekend in another epic battle and is now 9/2 for the Champion Chase at the Festival in March.
Midnight Prayer (8/1 with most of the firms) will run a very big race in the Welsh Grand National at Cepstow next Saturday.
At Sandown Park on Saturday Nicky Henderson’s O O Seven looks the one to be on in the (Grade 1) Tolworth Hurdle.
John Spearing’s Pearl Legend will go close in the 2m Handicap Chase at the Esher course on Saturday.
Yours In Sport.
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