Johnston gains second Fast-Track Qualifier in quick success

March 5th, 2016 Fast-Track Qualifier

Trainer Mark Johnston made it two Fast-Track Qualifier victories on consecutive evenings when Watersmeet made all for a game victory in the €25,000 Race (8pm) at Dundalk, Ireland, today Friday, March 4.
The North Yorkshire-based trainer, responsible for Notarised who won another Fast-Track Qualifier at Chelmsford City on March 3, now has two strong candidates for All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park, Good Friday, March 25.
Joe Fanning, who rode both horses to victory, sent Watersmeet, the 10/11 favourite in the field of five, straight into the lead.
Watersmeet, a five-year-old grey son of Dansili, resisted two strong challenges in the straight, first from Mandatario (Jim Bolger/Kevin Manning, 3/1) and then from Political Policy (Gavin Cromwell/Ronan Whelan, 7/1) who came with a good run on the outside inside the final furlong.
But the British challenger ran on well and saw off Political Policy and Mandatario by a half-length and the same in 2m 18.15s for the 10 furlongs and 150y on Polytrack.
Fanning commented: “Watersmeet was just idling a bit up the straight – he can be a bit like that.
“Once they came to challenge him, he picked up and battled on. The second and third were nearly upsides me but I always felt my horse was just having a good look.
“Watersmeet is likely to be aimed at one of the races on Finals Day now. He stays further than this.”
The Race was the last of four Fast-Track Qualifiers for the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day and Watersmeet gained a free and automatic place in the 10-furlong race on Polytrack.
The other Fast-Track Qualifier today was the £19,000 Download The New Unibet Racing App Conditions Stakes (6.45pm) over five furlongs on Tapeta at Wolverhampton.
There was a tight finish with Wolowitz (David Barron/Graham Gibbon, 5/2 second favourite) and Kadrizzi (Dean Ivory/Robert Winston, 11/8 favourite) going head to head in the final furlong, with the former overcoming the latter by a neck at the line and the pair were two and three quarter lengths clear of the third, Shadow Hunter (Paul D’Arcy/Shane Kelly, 11/2).
Wolowitz, a fast-improving three-year-old son of Intense Focus, is unbeaten in three starts on the All-Weather and won this in 59.77s.
He and Kadrizzi, already a Fast-Track Qualifier winner, are likely to meet again in the £150,000 Unibet Three-Year-Old Sprint Championships over the same distance at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 25.