Classy turf performer Dal Harraild (William Haggas/Paul Hanagan) faces four rivals in £20,000 totetrifecta Pick The 1,2,3 Conditions Race (7.45pm) on Polytrack at Chelmsford City on Saturday evening.
The winner of the two-mile Polytrack contest is guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships over the same distance on Good Friday.
Dal Harraild, who has scored twice at Listed level during his career, has not run since finishing sixth in the G2 Lonsdale Cup at York in August and is having his first All-Weather race.
Great Hall (Mick Quinn/Fran Berry) captured a competitive 12-furlong handicap at the Shergar Cup on turf at Ascot in August, the first leg of a three-timer in handicaps for the eight-year-old in 2017. He finished second to Red Verdon on his comeback in 12-furlong conditions race at Lingfield Park on February 14.
Trainer Mick Quinn said today: “We have got one eye on the Betway All-Weather Marathon for Great Hall.
“Since he has been with me, we have campaigned him mainly over a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half. We brought him back in trip because he was quite a nervous horse, but he has grown in confidence.
“He won over a mile and six furlongs at Yarmouth in September and is unexposed over staying trips for us.
“He is in good order and had a spin round Lingfield a few weeks ago, which should have put him bang on for Saturday night.
“We finished third behind Watersmeet and Curbyourenthusiasm in a mile and six furlong handicap at Chelmsford in 2016 and he wasn’t stopping.
“If he is going to get two miles on the Flat, he will get it around there.
“If he doesn’t win and qualify for the Marathon, then he will go for the Doncaster Shield.”
Soldier In Action (Mark Johnston/Adam Kirby) turns out quickly after finishing fourth in handicap at Wolverhampton on March 5, as does General Ginger (Harry Fry/Shane Kelly) who captured a jumpers bumper on Polytrack at Kempton Park on March 5 and is officially running in a Flat race for the first time, while Curbyourenthusiasm (David Simcock/Stevie Donohoe) completes the field.