Appleby hoping Banc can bounce back at Lingfield Park on Wednesday

November 28th, 2016 Fast-Track Qualifier

Master The World (David Elsworth/Shane Kelly) heads seven declarations for the £19,000 Betway Conditions Stakes over 10 furlongs on the Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Wednesday, November 30.

The five-year-old sets the standard after a string of good efforts this season, including last time out when third to Team Talk in the Listed Betway Churchill Stakes over the course and distance on November 12.

Master The World was just touched off in the valuable Betfred Mile at Goodwood in July and was also second in the Group Three Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury the following month.

Mick Appleby is looking forward to Bancnuanaheireann‘s (Ali Rawlinson) return to the All-Weather. The nine-year-old captured a pair of valuable handicaps on the Polytrack at Chelmsford City during the 2015/16 All-Weather Championships prior to a disappointing trip to Dubai.

He ran well to be fourth on his return in a mile handicap at Ascot in August but has not replicated that performance in two subsequent starts including when well-beaten in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on September 24.

Bancnuanaheireann was a close fifth behind Grandeur in the 2014 Easter Classic.

Appleby said today: “Bancnuanaheireann is in good order. He has had a little break, but I would say he is spot on and ready to go.

“He was a bit disappointing in Dubai – it just didn’t seem to suit him out there for whatever reason. He came back and ran well at Ascot in the Shergar Cup but was below that on his next two starts.

“He has a good record on the All-Weather so hopefully he can run another good race.”

Last year’s winner Battalion (William Carson) has his first start for Jamie Osborne after selling for 70,000 guineas at Tattersalls in October. Formerly trained by William Haggas, the six-year-old also landed Listed Churchill Stakes over the course and distance in 2014 (pictured above).

The field is completed by Listed victor Pinzolo (Ismail Mohammed/Tom Queally), Manson (Dominic Ffrench Davis/Timmy Murphy), Ready (Clare Ellam/Steve Drowne) and Somethingthrilling (David Elsworth/Tom Marquand).

Lingfield Park’s eight-race card on Wednesday starts at 12.10pm and finishes at 3.40pm.

The next Fast-Track Qualifier is the £19,000 Conditions Stakes (7.15pm) at Wolverhampton on Saturday, December 3. There are 11 entries for the five-furlong contest, with the winner guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Three-Year-Old Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 14.

Mark Johnston’s two entries are headed by Sutter County, who was runner-up in a Fast-Track Qualifier at Newcastle on November 17, while William Haggas has engaged lightly-raced filly Gheedaa.

Every All-Weather race run in Britain between October 27, 2016, and Good Friday, April 14, 2017, is part of the All-Weather Championships.