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Irish raiders take aim at Listed Fast-Track Qualifiers at Lingfield Park

G1 winner Bolshoi Ballet makes his first appearance of 2022 in the Listed BetUK Churchill Stakes (3.10pm), one of two Fast-Track Qualifiers at Lingfield Park on Saturday, November 12.


Trained by Aidan O’Brien, last year’s G1 Belmont Derby victor has been off the track since finishing down the field in the G1 Hong Kong Vase in December.


O’Brien has saddled three winners from 11 runners on the All-Weather at Lingfield Park, most recently taking the Listed River Eden Fillies’ Stakes with Delphinia in 2019.


Majestic Dawn is joint top-rated with Bolshoi Ballet on 111, although Paul & Oliver Cole’s contender has a 3lb penalty for winning the Listed Festival Stakes at Goodwood in May.


The six-year-old was beaten a short-neck in the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville in August but has not been at his best on his last two starts, most recently finishing well-beaten in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket.


Oliver Cole said: “Majestic Dawn has been a little disappointing in his last two races but has been working well and we are hoping he can put those runs behind him.


“The switch back to the All-Weather should be fine as he has run well at Chelmsford and Kempton before.


“It looks a pretty hot race, but we are the highest rated alongside Bolshoi Ballet, and if we can put our best foot forward, we should have a hell of a shot.


“The idea was that this would be his last race [of the year] but if he goes well, we may have to think about other races during the winter.”


A 12-strong field also features George Boughey’s Royal Ascot winner Missed The Cut and Algiers, who won the G3 Jebel Ali Mile on dirt for Simon & Ed Crisford earlier this year.


The Gosden stable has a good recent record in the BetUK Churchill Stakes, taking the spoils with Crossed Baton and Dubai Warrior before Harrovian’s close second to Pyledriver 12 months ago.


Harrovian is joined by stable-mate Forest Of Dean, who is looking for another big-race success over this course and distance having landed the G3 Winter Derby in 2021.


French import Millebosc is an intriguing debutant for William Haggas. The four-year-old had some high-class form for Stephanie Nigge, most notably finishing third behind St Mark’s Basilica in last season’s G1 Prix du Jockey Club.


The Wizard Of Eye has been keeping good company this year for Stan Moore, with his best effort coming when narrowly denied in the G3 Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.


Four-year-old Evania is the unknown quantity for Kevin Philippart de Foy, having won both of her starts in novice company albeit 629 days apart.


Al Zaraqaan, who won a Fast-Track Qualifier at Newcastle last season, the returning Tyson Fury and Topanticipation complete the 12 contenders.


The winner of the BetUK Churchill Stakes will receive a guaranteed start in the £200,000 Easter Classic on Finals Day.


In the other Fast-Track Qualifier on the card, the Listed BetUK Golden Rose Stakes (2.35pm), former All-Weather champion Summerghand clashes with Irish raiders Logo Hunter and Harry’s Bar.


Summerghand captured the All-Weather Sprint Championships over the course and distance in 2021 and has been in excellent form of late, taking out the Ayr Gold Cup and finishing second in the G3 Bengough Stakes at Ascot.


Listed winners Logo Hunter and Harry’s Bar met last time out in the G3 Mercury Stakes at Dundalk, with the duo finishing second and fourth respectively behind British challenger Manaccan.


Logo Hunter’s trainer Michael Browne said: “Logo Hunter has come out of Dundalk in great form, I have never had him better.


“I think the six furlongs will be fine, especially on a sharp track like Lingfield. Most of his runs for me have been over five but he did win first time out over six at Dundalk.


“After this, there is a five-furlong conditions race at Newcastle in early December that we may look at, and then he is going out to Dubai in the new year.”


Veteran campaigner Judicial is seeking his second win in the BetUK Golden Rose Stakes following his swooping victory in 2019. The 10-year-old arrives on the back of a conditions race success at Beverley in September.


The 11 runners also include three other All-Weather Listed winners in the shape of Exalted Angel, Mums Tipple and Tippy Toes.


Another Romance, Lucky Man, Strong Power and Tenaya Canyon also run, with a guaranteed place in the £150,000 All-Weather Sprint Championships up for grabs.