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Forest Edge seeking fourth straight victory in £45,000 Compare Bookmakers At Handicap at Lingfield Park on Wednesday

Dec 16 2013

The All-Weather Championships continue at Lingfield Park and Kempton Park this Wednesday, December 18, and include two valuable contests which have been re-scheduled from December 11 when they were lost due to fog.

Forest Edge is chasing a four-timer in the rearranged £45,000 Compare Bookmakers At Handicap (2.00pm, 12 runners) at Lingfield Park over six furlongs which has attracted a maximum field of 12.

The David Evans-trained four-year-old landed six-furlong handicaps at Wolverhampton and Kempton Park before a decisive length success in a five-furlong handicap at Lingfield Park on December 4, all under Adam Kirby.

Evans reported today: AThe extra week has probably done Forest Edge a favour. He is very well and also has a better draw (five) than he would have done last week.

AI thought it was a brilliant performance last time and he has progressed all year. It was probably his best effort considering how he quickened up in the final furlong.

He used to always run better from the front, but he can sometimes miss the break and has just come good all of a sudden. I think Adam Kirby gets on very well with him.

Its a top-class race tomorrow, but we know he goes around Lingfield and, given the form he is in at the moment, we have to be hopeful.

Forest Edges 11 rivals are headed by high-class turf performers Hoof It (Mick Easterby)and Hawkeyethenoo (Jim Goldie), and improving three-year-old Lancelot Du Lac (Dean Ivory).

Other notables include Stewards Cup runner-up Ajjaadd (Ted Powell), Wolverhampton scorer Equitania (Alan Bailey) and course winner Addictive Dream (David Nicholls).

The eight-race card at Lingfield Park runs from noon through to 3.40pm.

A maximum field (14) is also set to go to post for the £60,000 Betdaq - The Sports Betting Exchange Handicap (6.20pm) over 11 furlongs at Kempton Park, which is the final of the London Middle Distance Series.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who last night won the BBC Sports Personality Diamond Award, will be hoping for more success with the George Baker-trained Im Fraam Govan, who was last seen out when scoring a comfortable course and distance victory on October 9.

Also set to line up are Troopingthecolour (Steve Gollings), Halfsin (Marco Botti), Shavansky (Rod Millman), Jazz Master (Luca Cumani) and Zamoyski (Steve Gollings) who all won qualifiers for the London Middle Distance Series over the same course and distance on their most recent all-weather appearances.

The eight-race card at Kempton Park runs from 3.50pm through to 7.20pm.

Lingfield Park also hosts a valuable programme on Saturday, December 21, when the highlights are the £37,000 Listed Coral App Download From The App Store Quebec Stakes (2.35pm, 15 entries) over 10 furlongs and the £19,000 Coral Mobile Just Three Clicks To Bet Handicap (3.10pm, 12 entries) over a mile and a half.

Horses qualify for the six championship contests on the new £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day (Good Friday) by winning a specified Fast Track Qualifier or running in a minimum of three races at Britains All-Weather tracks - three owned by ARC, Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton, and The Jockey Clubs Kempton Park - between October 26 and April 12.

For further information please contact:
Kate Hills
ARC Director of PR and Communications
Mobile: 07813 947201

Olivia Hills
Press Officer
Kempton Park Racecourse
Mobile: 07885 627097

Image: Forest Edge (Adam Kirby) on 8 November 2013 at Wolverhampton Racecourse