Exciting Ennaadd bids to complete five-timer
Sunbets All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes (Class 2) | 1m, 4yo+ | ITV4/ATR
If this year's meeting is to deliver a winner who could be something special, then Ennaadd is the logical starting point.
Winner of his last four starts, the Roger Varian-trained four-year-old cruised home in the Listed Hyde Stakes at Kempton, which guaranteed his place in this race.
That was the son of King's Best last start, back in November, but he has been deliberately kept fresh for the race, and an exciting summer could be in store.
French raider Qurbaan is an unknown quantity, while Sovereign Debt is back to a more suitable trip on his second start for Ruth Carr, having left the now-retired David Nicholls.
From nine starts at the track, My Target has won six times, five times over a mile. The Michael Wigham-trained six-year-old's overall record at the course is 312211111.
Nimr has only been beaten once in four starts on the all-weather, but his three wins were at Wolverhampton, and he has not run at Lingfield before.
What they say
David O'Meara, trainer of Alfred Hutchinson, Mythical Madness, Salateen and Steel Train
Salateen won at Dubai and then the Listed race over seven at Wolverhampton. The trip would be a concern, whether he sees out the mile or not. Alfred Hutchinson loves Lingfield and has had a break. He seems in good form so will hopefully run his race. Steel Train ran well in the Lincoln and the sounder surface will suit him. Mythical Madness ran well in the Winter Derby and coming back in trip will suit.
Andrew Balding, trainer of Donjuan Triumphant
He's a new horse to us, but he's obviously very decent and I've been very pleased with his work. The mile is a question mark, but if he stays he should be there or thereabouts.
Roger Varian, trainer of Ennaadd
Ennaadd has continued to progress with racing and he delivered a powerful performance at Kempton in the autumn. The surface suits him well and I think he has come forward again for that run. He's drawn well and holds leading claims.
Francois Rohaut, trainer of Qurbaan
Obviously being drawn ten is not as good as being drawn in one but his preparation has gone well and we’re looking forward to it. He has proved his quality on the all-weather and this has been the plan for a while.
Ruth Carr, trainer of Sovereign Debt
He came out the Kempton race very well. He was unlucky then so hopefully what luck we didn't get there we'll get here. We're quite happy with the draw, it's a hot race but we go there excited and very hopeful.
Mick Appleby, trainer of Supersta
He won well last time at Southwell but the draw will probably be hard to overcome.