All you need to know on the penultimate day of the all-weather season
First there was the all-weather season, then came along finals day at Lingfield. It feels like this is the season the two have fused properly to form one whole.
A lot of that is down to Captain Lars and Spare Parts, whose private battle to be the winningmost horse and the £10,000 bounty that goes with it has captured plenty of headlines in recent weeks.
There is also the small matter of the trainers' title to settle. Leader Mick Appleby has no runners on Friday but sends out eight runners between Chelmsford and Wolverhampton on Thursday to try to seal the title. Main rival Archie Watson has nine horses primed to go on Friday, so it should be interesting. Over jumps, the meetings come from Wetherby and Towcester in Britain, with Clonmel providing the Irish action.
Wetherby (first race 2.00)
Soft, good to soft in places
Heavy, soft in places (from soft, heavy in places)
2.35 Clonmel Sweetlight Doroux 9-2 (from 11-2)
4.05 Chelmsford Luna Eclipse 11-4 (from 3)
5.05 Chelmsford Captor 5-2 (from 11-4)
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The names involved in the race for the all-weather trainers' title are no accident. Mick Appleby and Archie Watson are among the next cabs off the rank when it comes to breaking through into the top echelons of training in this country. Hopefully success in the increasingly competitive all-weather season will translate into better patronage year-round, which is especially long overdue in Appleby's case.
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