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The best and worst of the weekend's racing

Sovereign Debt (right) pips Nimr to the post in the mile conditions race at the All Weather Championships at Lingfield
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Performance of the weekend
This year's All-Weather Finals Day on Good Friday was undoubtedly the best yet in terms of quality and the two standout performances came from Convey and Second Thought.

Convey looked a class apart when winning the Easter Classic and should be contesting better races judged on his win.

The same is almost certainly going to be the case for Second Thought who, despite being the best horse in the race, had to overcome plenty of adversity to claim the 3YO Sprint Final in serious style.

Disappointment of the weekend
It is only the start of the Flat season so we should not get too worried about horses getting beaten, but nevertheless it was a shame to see both South Seas and Ennaadd fail to land a blow on Friday.

Ennaadd, who holds a Group 1 entry, was caught out by the way the Mile Final was run at Lingfield and could only manage fourth, while potential Classic contender South Seas disappointed in the Burradon Conditions Stakes at Newcastle.

Deserved success of the weekend
You cannot help but admire Sovereign Debt. He has bagged a number of big prizes over the years, but with a little more luck in running he could have won a whole heap more.

This was no better advertised than his runnings in the Mile Final on All-Weather Finals day, with two seconds in his two previous attempts before Friday.

It looked like he may have to settle for the same place again when Salateen kicked clear off the bend, but Sovereign Debt showed all his class to run him down and gain a deserved win.

A wayward lad
We expected something exciting from Yorkhill in the Grade 1 Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase and that is what we go.

However, it was his wayward jumping on his way to a narrow defeat that was the big talking point afterwards, plus he had a good think about running out at the last.

He is oh, so talented but lairy. He would also rather go left handed in the future you feel. Perfect, then, for a Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup clash with racing's other lovable rogue Might Bite. Bring it on.

Give us a chance
Michael O'Leary likes winning, and he really likes winning big chases.

But fielding 14 of the 30 runners in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National seems a little like overkill. We better all hope he wins otherwise he may run 25 of the 30 next year.

It goes without saying that we wish commentator Dessie Scahill the very best of luck calling the race.

Picture of the weekend

A packed grandstand at Lingfield

A crowd of over 10,000 crams into Lingfield to watch the action on Good Friday.

Quote of the weekend
"Mum said that she's going to stay home and mow the lawn more often!" - Kate Harrington, representing her mother Jessica, whose stable sent out a 155-1 treble at Cork on Saturday.

It goes without saying that we wish commentator Dessie Scahill the very best of luck calling the race