Snowflakes and Could It Be Love entered in fast-track qualifiers at Lingfield on Saturday

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Snowflakes (Kieran O’Neill) is among the entries for the £40,000 Listed Betway Churchill Stakes (2.45pm), while Could It Be Love will represent the Ballydoyle handler in the £37,000 Listed Betway Golden Rose Stakes (3.15pm) at Lingfield on Saturday.

Fermoy, Co. Cork-born English-based trainer David O’Meara is doubly-represented in the former with recent Chelmsford City handicap winner Primero (Joe Fanning) lining up alongside  Frankuus (Daniel Tudhope), a dual Group 3 winner on turf when with Mark Johnston.

Addeybb, winner of the Group 2 bet365 Mile at Sandown Park earlier this year, heads an excellent field of nine, with the winner of the 10-furlong feature receiving a free and automatic place in the £200,000 Betway Easter Classic, run over the same course and distance on £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, 19th April 2019.

Master The World (David Elsworth/Seán Levey) captured the Betway Churchill Stakes in 2017 and went on to take the Group 3 Betway Winter Derby in the stewards’ room before finishing second to the Haggas-trained Victory Bond in the Betway Easter Classic.

Big Country is unbeaten in three All-Weather appearances, having won twice on the Tapeta of Wolverhampton and taken the valuable Rosebery Handicap over 11 furlongs on Polytrack at Kempton Park in April 2017.

Scarlet Dragon (Alan King/Martin Harley) and Spark Plug (Brian Meehan/Martin Dwyer) have both shown a high level of turf form this year, while Maverick Wave (John Gosden/Robert Havlin) was runner-up in the 2016 Group 3 Betway Winter Derby.

A maximum field of 12 goes to post for the £37,000 Listed Betway Golden Rose Stakes (3.15pm), with Kieran O’Neill taking the mount on Aidan O’Brien’s Could It Be Love.

The three year old filly was second to Alpha Centauri in the Group 1 Irish 1,000 Guineas before finishing third in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Gifted Master (Hugo Palmer/James Doyle) stormed to an impressive victory over  Mythmaker (Bryan Smart/Graham Lee) in the six-furlong sprint last year and the son of Kodiac is favourite to gain a repeat success, while Palmer will also be represented by Encrypted (Josephine Gordon).

Corinthia Knight (Archie Watson/Hollie Doyle) took the £150,000 Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships on Good Friday last season, while the third, fourth and fifth from the 2018 £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships – Kimberella (Richard Fahey/Jack Garrity), Intisaab (David O’Meara/Martin Harley) and Gulliver (David O’Meara/Joe Fanning) are due to re-oppose each other.

Above The Rest (David Barron/David Probert), Muthmir (William Haggas/Daniel Tudhope), and the David Evans pair Gracious John (Charles Bishop) and Atletico (Seán Levey) complete the field.


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