Viewpoint and Cam Hardie win the opening apprentice handicapPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Kirby looks the champ as Living The Life storms it
Report: Lingfield, Good Friday
32Red.com All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championship Conditions Stakes (Class 2), 7f AW 4yo+
ADAM KIRBY is about to be crowned all-weather champion jockey for the second consecutive season and gave a resounding display of riding his rivals to sleep with a fine winning performance on Living The Life to grab the first prize of £93,375.
Kirby's kick for home in the home straight on the 8-1 shot met with little resistance from her 13 rivals to give owner Henry Nothhaft and trainer Phil McEntee a winner on Britain's first Good Friday raceday.
Also on Good Friday
Lingfield: coral.co.uk All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap (Class 2), 1m4f AW 4yo+ rated 0-105
THE honour of winning the first race ever staged in Britain on Good Friday went to the Richard Hannon-trained Viewpoint, ridden by 3lb apprentice Cam Hardie.
Hardie had to be forceful to resist the late flourish of 7-2 favourite Grendisar, ridden by Daniel Muscutt, to gain a sixth career win but one that was special for another reason.
"I am over the moon," said Hardie. "The horse is such an easy ride and made it look so easy.
"It's my first winner for the boss and I can't thank him enough. Viewpoint was very fresh and felt great. He had a few runs over the winter which gave him his fitness and he ran a great race.
"The boss told me to have him handy, ride my race and go there to win. That's my sixth win of the year. This is something different from the normal handicaps we have."