JACK DUERN has two big rides for the stable in tomorrow’s All-Weather Championships at Lingfield, aboard Eljaddaaf and Lucymai.
In the country’s richest all-weather fixture of the year, the yard sends two horses to the Surrey track and both have been in good form this year ahead of their big races tomorrow.
First off is Eljaddaaf in the apprentice handicap at 1.30pm over 7f. Fourteen go to post in the race for four-year-olds and upwards, rated 0-100 and there is no horse in better form than the Harper Lodge Farm runner who has form figures this year of 2211 including a last time out course and distance win.
He is drawn nine which is not great but last time out, he was drawn widest of all, 14 of 14 and that did not stop him winning as he swooped late and fast to win in the dying strides. It was a great ride from Robert Winston and Jack Duern will have to be at his very best to get Eljaddaaf home in this very competitive handicap.
Lucymai has been a good servant to Jack this winter with three wins from her last four starts under his steering and indeed one of those was against Eljaddaaf. This five-times winning 5yo Multiplex mare is one of 13 runners in the 7f Filles’ and Mares’ Conditions contest (2.30pm) and she is drawn nicely in stall three.
She can be forgiven her last running when fifth at Kempton as she had to come wide from the widest draw but she was running on well. Lucymai has never run at Lingfield but all her five wins have come on the all-weather, four of them over tomorrow’s trip, so she goes there with a sporting chance.
Jack Duern has been in good form with five winners this year and tomorrow’s two races on the big stage give his talents a chance to shine.