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Good Friday – All Weather Championship Finals Day at Lingfield

Good Friday: it’s about family, friends, chocolate and lounging around with the thoughts and strains of work a million miles away.

In the past the chance for a punt on the horses has been limited but last year was the start of the All Weather Championship Finals Day at Lingfield and it proved a huge success with the much maligned artificial racing scene given a day where the racing world focuses all their attention on this type of racing at Lingfield Park.

With a £1million total prize fund on offer, Championships Finals Day is the richest All-Weather racecard in Europe as well as one of the richest racedays in the UK.

Channel 4 are in town this year to cover the meeting and there a betting opportunities aplenty.

Such is the juicy prize money on offer it means that most of the top flat jockeys will be riding at Lingfield and it will be interesting to see how William Buick and James Doyle adapt to their new jobs as Godolphin’s main riders.

The boys in blue look to have a strong hand in the 32Red All-Weather 3 Year Old Mile Championships Conditions Stakes (2:40) with three set to go to post but it’s Doyle’s mount Tempus Temporis for trainer Saeed bin Suroor that is of significant interest to us. The 3/1 looks well worth snapping up.

The three-year-old has taken time to come to himself but has really found his feet on the artificial surface, winning a handicap off a mark of 74 by six lengths before romping home in a conditions stakes at Chelmsford last time out in order to qualify for this event.

The application of blinkers have really woken this quirky customer up and the fact he still holds an entry for the Dante Stakes at York brings forward the idea that he’s showing plenty at home.

Another Godolphin-owned horse that I’m expecting to be in the winners enclosure on Friday is Pretend, who looks a horse on the up over sprint distances in the Unibet All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes (2:10).

Charlie Appleby has done a fantastic job with this animal, dropping him back to sprint distances to unlock his true potential.

He won from what looked an impossible position last time out at Lingfield, flying past Alben Star late on in a style of a very good sprinter.

There are plenty of speedballs in this contest, including second favourite Chookie Royale, which suggests that the likelihood of this turning into a dash-like tactical affair is pretty slim.

The horse with the best turn of foot usually wins these six furlongs races around Lingfield and as long as Buick doesn’t overcomplicate things too much in-running, the horse should take every bit of beating against very exposed rivals.

This looks a horse to keep an eye on in all the big Group races this season over five and six furlongs.

He could be a superstar and the 6/4 on offer look a fair price for a horse that has plenty in hand over his rivals.

Tips: Back Pretend @ 2:40 (3pts win) 6/4

Back Tempus Tomporius @ 2:40 (1pt win) 3/1

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