Captain Joy (Tracey Collins) is set to make his second appearance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, March 25, when he will line up in the £150,000 Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile (3.15pm, 15 entries).
The seven-year-old finished third, beaten half a length, behind Grey Mirage in the Polytrack contest last year and has made one appearance during the current All-Weather campaign, when winning a Fast-Track qualifier at Dundalk on February 12.
Collins, who is based at The Curragh in Ireland, reported today: “Captain Joy will be running in the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile at Lingfield Park on Friday. I am very happy with him at the moment and he is in great form.
“It wasn’t the plan just to have the one run with him before going back to Lingfield Park but he had colic surgery and wasn’t a very well horse at all.
“We were always hoping that we would be able to get him back for Good Friday at Lingfield, but it was a bit in the lap of the gods. We managed to get him to the Fast-Track Qualifier at Dundalk last month and he won and qualified. All has been good with him since.
“He ran a cracking race last year in the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile and hopefully he will get a good draw, as that can count for everything. It looks all set to be very competitive which you would expect it to be.”
Heading the market at 2/1 with Ladbrokes is Mindurownbusiness (Roger Varian), a six-time winner on the All-Weather who was last seen out when recording an easy victory over an extended mile on Tapeta at Wolverhampton on February 8.
Also entered for the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile are last year’s runner-up Sovereign Debt (David Nicholls) as well the other three other Fast-Track Qualifier winners from the Mile Category – Big Baz (William Muir), Captain Cat (Roger Charlton) and Mister Universe (Mark Johnston). The maximum field that can line up in the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile is 12 (plus two reserves).
Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile, Ladbrokes bet: 2/1 Mindurownbusiness; 3/1 Sovereign Debt; 11/2 Mister Universe; 7/1 Captain Cat; 8/1 Realize; 10/1 Captain Joy; 12/1 Big Baz; 20/1 Chookie Royale, Lunar Deity, Man Of Harlech; 33/1 Jammy Guest, Si Senor; 40/1 Arnold Lane, Seanie; 66/1 Forceful Appeal
Lingfield Park hosts seven great races for the climax of the All-Weather Championships on Good Friday, March 25, with prize money of £1.1 million.
Along with the bet365 Good Friday racecard at Wolverhampton Racecourse, which is worth £156,000, March 25 looks set to be the best day of All-Weather Racing ever hosted in Great Britain.