Oppenheimer Hot Streak Continues At Lingfield Park

Championship News

08 November 2023

Owner Anthony Oppenheimer enjoyed a day to remember at Lingfield Park on Tuesday, with homebred fillies Queen Aminatu and Safety Catch winning both Listed prizes on the card for William Haggas and Cieren Fallon.

Last season’s Fillies & Mares’ champion Queen Aminatu flew home from the rear of the field to claim the mile BetMGM Fleur De Lys EBF Fillies' Stakes for the second successive year.

Safety Catch meanwhile looks a stayer to follow in 2024 after she emulated her dam Tempest Fugit in winning the BetMGM River Eden EBF Fillies' Stakes. Haggas landed the 13-furlong contest with subsequent G1 heroine Sea La Rosa in 2021.

The double continued an excellent start to the All-Weather Championships for Oppenheimer, who has enjoyed five wins and two seconds from his last seven runners, including Lion’s Pride taking the Listed RacingTV Floodlit Stakes at Kempton Park on Monday.  

The Derby-winning owner also had two promising three-year-old novice winners last week, with Dolce Courage maintaining his unbeaten record at Newcastle and To Catch A Thief scoring by five lengths at Wolverhampton.

Monday’s card at Kempton Park saw noteworthy a couple of handicap performances, with the Kevin Philippart de Foy-trained Max Mayhem defying top-weight in the £80,000 Racing TV London Middle Distance Series Final. 

James Tate’s Mount Athos defied a rating of 101 in the following seven-furlong handicap, taking the four-year-old’s course and distance record to three wins from as many starts.

Elsewhere, Positive Impact could be a leading player in the Mile category judging by his four-length victory in the class two feature at Chelmsford on Saturday for Simon & Ed Crisford.

The Alice Haynes-trained Golden Arrow looks a juvenile to follow after comfortably accounting for 96-rated rival Thunder Blue in a Lingfield Park novice on Sunday. Indelible, a daughter of multiple G1 winner Midday, landed the mile maiden on the same card for Ralph Beckett.

Champion Apprentice Billy Loughnane propelled himself to the top of the All-Weather Champion Jockey standings with a four-timer at Wolverhampton on Monday. The teenager, who won the All-Weather Champion Apprentice title last season, plans to ride in the UK over the winter.

Sydney Bay and The Caltonian, trained by Geoff Harker and Linda Perratt respectively, head the leaderboard for the £30,000 All-Weather Bonus prize covering October & November. Both horses have two wins and a second from three starts so far this season.

Newcastle stages the rearranged Virgin Bet November Handicap on Saturday after Doncaster’s abandonment due to a waterlogged track. A quality card also features two Listed races – the Virgin Bet Every Saturday Money Back Wentworth Stakes and Virgin Bet Daily Extra Places Irish EBF Gillies Fillies' Stakes.

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