Grendisar forms part of the International challengers among superb entries for All-Weather Championships Finals Day. This year’s is set to be a fantastic day’s racing after 128 entries, including seven overseas-trained contenders, were received for the Good Friday highlight at Lingfield Park on April 14.
The tremendous seven-race card on Polytrack boasts £1 million in prize money, headlined by the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic (4.40pm) over a mile and a quarter, which has attracted 11 entries including last year’s winner Grendisar (Marco Botti).
The seven-year-old has run well in four appearances over the same course and distance this season but faces a tough task to defend his Middle Distance crown. “He is in great form and training well at home, we need luck on our side with a good draw and we hope to run a great race.” Added trainer Marco Botti.
Grendisar the All-Weather Horse of The Year is bidding to become the first two-time winner of the Betway Easter Classic. The seven-year-old has not quite produced his best form in four starts this winter, latterly finishing a staying-on fifth, though beaten only a length, behind Convey in the Betway Winter Derby. Trainer Marco Botti said today: “Grendisar is training well and looks in the same form as heading into Good Friday last year. This year hasn’t quite gone to plan and whether that is because he is a year older or running against slightly better horses, I don’t know. But from what we see at home he is in really good order and looks well. I am sure if he bounces back to his best form, he must be a strong contender. The team have decided to use Silvestre de Sousa. It will be the first time Silvestre rides him. We have put the cheekpieces back on as well as I didn’t think the blinkers made any difference last time.”
Racing gets underway at 1.40pm on Good Friday.
Grendisar carry’s the world renowned colours of Middleham Park Racing.