Gracious John can make amends by landing hot 3 Year Old Sprint Final
Harry Preston | March 24, 2016
Just nine horses go in the 2016 renewal of the 3 Year Old Sprint Final on All Weather Finals day at Lingfield this Good Friday, and a scorching gallop is assured because of ante post favourite Gracious John.
A Gracious victory awaits John and trainer Evans
Well clear at the weights, Gracious John came over to fibresand after a successful season on the turf, winning three times.
Although third of four and a length down on Kadrizzi last time out at Chelmsford, Gracious John reported lame after the race, but has been rested since with AW Finals day in mind.
Prior to that, David Evans’ sprinting star made all to win a Fast Track Qualifier at Kempton and follow up on his impressive Lingfield outing.
Gracious John showed explosive speed to smash Ornate by almost 3 lengths, which is a massive margin of victory in a sprint contest.
Jockey John Egan is confident about his mount delivering over course and distance again. Gracious John brings the strongest form into the race, and is definitely the one to beat.
Wolowitz will challenge
David Barron’s Wolowitz has a progressive profile, having won all three of his All Weather starts, including by a neck ahead of Kadrizzi last time out in a conditions race at Wolverhampton.
Being drawn in stall 8 is far from ideal for Wolwoitz, however, but the gelding retains real promise and has been pretty flawless on fibresand.
Quatrieme Ami has a similar profile to Wolowitz, while Kingsley Klarion will have to improve drastically to get among more lauded rivals. The same can be said of William Haggas colt Ornate.
Agueroo, not Kadrizzi, best each-way value
Dean Ivory gelding Kadrizzi’s narrow defeats to race rivals he re-opposes rule him out as a serious contender, though he does have a course and distance win at Lingfield under his belt this term.
Kadrizzi has barely put a foot wrong, and that makes him look like a worthy each-way wager, yet there is better value backing Aguerooo this way at more attractive odds.
If given a patient ride despite what is expected to be a frenetic pace, Richard Hannon’s horse has previous when coming off the pace to beat Kingsley Klarion in February.
Drawn in stall 3, Aguerooo is also a course and distance winner of the AW Finals circuit. Such form puts him in the frame to run above his lengthy odds.
Win – Gracious John
Each-way – Aguerooo