Trainer Archie Watson: ‘The aim all winter for Kempton winner Corinthia Knight has been the Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships’

Corinthia Knight wins at Kempton Credit ARC

Corinthia Knight and Edward Greatrex win at Kempton. Pic: Courtesy of Arena Racing Company.

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CORINTHIA Knight booked his place in the £150,000 32Red Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships final at Lingfield Park on March 30 with a tenacious win at Kempton Park on Tuesday night.

The Archie Watson-trained colt raced mid-division in the field of five runners before taking it up inside the last furlong and ran on well to score by one a quarter lengths under Edward Greatrex.

The victory in the six furlong Class 2 contest – that was a fast-track qualifier for the three-year-old race at the All-Weather Championships Finals day – was the son of Society Rock’s fourth win in 10 attempts and his first success at six furlongs.

The four wins have all come on the all-weather and despite racing with some credit when finishing midfield in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and fourth in a Listed race at Del Mar in November, he will be kept to the all-weather for at least his next two runs.

“The aim all winter for Corinthia Knight has been the 32Red Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships on Good Friday,” said the in-form Watson who started up in 2016, winning 56 races last season and has already bagged four winners from 13 runners this year.

“I thought he stayed the six furlongs nicely tonight. He has often made the running, but I discussed it with Edward Greatrex and we reckoned there would be plenty of pace on so we decided to hold him up.

“It worked out well and gives us another string to our bow. He is probably somewhere between a five-furlong and a six-furlong horse.

“He is tough and very professional. I bought him with Tom Goff at Tattersalls Ireland in Fairyhouse for 15,000 euros as a yearling. Society Rock is a stallion I like.

“There is only one race we can run Corinthia Knight in before the Final and that is another Fast-Track Qualifier at Newcastle on February 21 (over five furlongs). All being well, we will go there.”

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