24th February 2014 – Daily Star
There is an old saying in racing that all roads lead to Cheltenham at this time of year.
Well, not any more. Not only do they also lead to Aintree and Punchestown but there is now a £1million raceday at Lingfield on Good Friday, April 18.
Thanks to Arena Racing Company, all-weather racing has never looked healthier.
Last Saturday Lingfield staged three £45,000 races and the final of a competitive sprint series.
It is a sign of Lingfield’s commitment that a horse of his calibre should show up there rather than at the Dubai Carnival.
Jeremy Noseda’s stable star is a dual Grade Two winner in North America and, in December, went head-to-head with former World No.1 Cirrus Des Aigles in the Group One Hong Kong Cup.
“We’ve qualified for the £200,000 race on Good Friday and we will discuss about coming back for the Winter Derby on March 22,” said Noseda.
“He has the option of going to Dubai for the Sheema Classic but I would sooner come back here as he’d have a favourite’s chance.”
Noseda will also be represented on Good Friday by Valbchek, who secured his place in the £150,000 bookmakers.co.uk Sprint with Fast-Track Qualifier victory in a Listed race back in November.
“Valbchek will be coming back for the Sprint Final, probably without a race beforehand,” said his trainer. “He is two from two at the track, which is ideal for a horse that likes fast ground.”
Noseda introduced a potential star at Lingfield on February 8, Sloane Avenue.
“He works better than a horse you would normally bring to the all-weather at this time of year, and it was great to see him win by nine lengths,” said the trainer.
“He is a similar sort to Valbchek and we’ll wait to see what the handicapper makes of the form.”