Highland Knight and Tales Of Grimm lock horns for the second time in five weeks when they face the starter in the coral.co.uk Churchill Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday.
The former got the nod by a short head in the Group Three Darley Stakes at Newmarket and renews rivalry in this Listed contest on the Polytrack surface at the Surrey venue.
Richard Fahey, who trains Tales Of Grimm, reports the Sir Robert Ogden-owned runner to be ready to take on his old foe, in a race which forms part of the ‘win and you’re in’ series that guarantees participation on the glittering All-Weather Championships finale card on Good Friday for the winner.
“We were just touched off by Highland Knight last time and we meet him again. He’s in good order so we’re having a go. It’s quite a specialist track so we’ll have to see how he gets on, but we’re quite happy with him,” said the Malton handler.
David Probert was aboard Highland Knight at Headquarters and is excited at continuing the partnership with the Andrew Balding-trained six-year-old.
“He’s one of my favourite horses in the yard and I’m looking forward to riding him again. He’s in good form and is a good horse, so hopefully he’ll run well. He moves well, so the surface shouldn’t be a problem,” said the jockey.
Tales Of Grimm is the 9-4 favourite with the sponsors, ahead of Prince Alzain at 5-2 and Highland Knight at 5-1, and can also be backed at 25-1 with Coral to win this weekend and then again in the Coral Easter Classic on the �1million card back at Lingfield next year.
“We have a quality line-up for the Coral-sponsored Churchill Stakes, which is exactly what the ARC All-Weather Championship was designed to do, and there’s every chance Saturday’s winner will be back at Lingfield next spring in search of some of the �1million that will be up for grabs on Good Friday,” said Coral’s David Stevens.
One horse ducking the Listed contest is Bronze Angel after his trainer Marcus Tregoning decided to give the four-year-old the less taxing option of the Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap. Last year’s Cambridgeshire scorer has just had the two starts this term and has to carry top weight in this one-mile heat, but is a course and distance winner.
“I entered him in the Churchill Stakes but that looked quite a competitive race and the handicap looked a more suitable option. He’s in good form,” said the Whitsbury trainer.Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines