The three remaining Fast-Track Qualifiers of the 2017/18 All-Weather Championships take place this weekend at Wolverhampton, Chelmsford City and Dundalk.
Wolverhampton stages its most prestigious fixture of the year on Saturday, March 10, with seven races on Tapeta featuring the £50,000 Listed sunbets.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes and also the £50,000 sunbets.co.uk Lincoln Trial Handicap.
The seven-furlong Listed sunbets.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes (3.15pm, eight runners) is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Sun Bets All-Weather Mile Championships on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30.
Second Thought (William Haggas/Ryan Moore) is already qualified for Good Friday, having maintained his 100 per cent All-Weather record in the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Hyde Stakes over a mile on Polytrack at Kempton Park in November.
He faces stiff competition from last year’s winner Salateen (David O’Meara/Philip Makin), who is bidding become the third dual winner of the race, following Border Music (2006 & 2007) and Dunelight (2010 & 2011).
Masham Star (Mark Johnston/PJ McDonald), first or second on four of his five All-Weather starts, Early Morning (Harry Dunlop/Luke Morris), a five-length winner over Chevallier in November, and lightly-raced filly Star Quality (David Loughnane/Joe Fanning), a dual All-Weather winner, are among the runners.
William Haggas and Ryan Moore also team up earlier on the card with the favourite Original Choice (9st 3lb) in the £50,000 sunbets.co.uk Lincoln Trial Handicap (2.05pm, 12 runners) over a mile and 142 yards.
He captured a seven-furlong handicap at Wolverhampton in April, his only start on the All-Weather so far.
The strong opposition are headed by 2017 John Smith’s Cup runner-up Big Country (Mick Appleby/Luke Morris, 9st 9lb) and last Saturday’s Lingfield Park scorer Constantino (Richard Fahey/Paul Hanagan, 9st 3lb).