All-Weather Championships Finals: Fahey hopeful George Bowen can beat hot-pot Kachy to secure fourth sprint final


George Bowen bids to follow up on his impressive victory at Kempton at All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Friday. (Pic: Courtesy of Arena Racing Company).

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RICHARD Fahey is targeting a fourth win in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Sprint Championship Final with George Bowen at Lingfield Park on Friday.

The Malton-based trainer has a fantastic record in the six-furlong Class 2 event at the £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day, having won the race three times since the championships were inaugurated in 2014.

Fahey scored at his first attempt with Alben Star on April 18, 2014 as Lingfield made history by becoming the first English course to stage horse racing on Good Friday.

The trainer followed up with victories in 2016 (Alben Star) and Kimberella (2017) and anticipates a bold run from 8-1 shot George Bowen, who booked his place in the valuable contest with a decisive victory in a Class 2 event at Kempton Park on March 30.

“George Bowen runs in the All-Weather Sprint,” Fahey confirmed. “He qualified for finals day on his latest outing – we had to get three runs into him and luckily we did that in time.

“He won very nicely at Kempton the other day and hopefully he can go well in the sprint. Kachy (5-6 favourite) will take a fair bit of beating, but George Bowen will hopefully be thereabouts.”

The Tom Dascombe-trained Kachy is the clear market leader after clocking a record time over course and distance when landing the Listed Betway Cleves Stakes at Lingfield on February 2.

The Lingfield victory followed an emphatic win at Wolverhampton. The six-year-old has won four of his five starts on the all-weather, with his sole defeat coming when second in this last year’s sprint championship final.

Kachy’s owner, David Lowe, speaking on Saturday, said: “Kachy is in very good form. He did his last piece of work on Wednesday and everybody is happy with him.

“Tom is delighted with his preparation and his work rider was happy with how everything went earlier this week.

“Kachy has been in great form throughout the winter and he has won both of his races impressively. He won both races in more impressive manner than he did with his wins leading up to last year’s All-Weather Finals Day.

“I just think, particularly this year, he is much more relaxed. We feel like he has grown up a lot more this season. Last year, he could get a little fractious in his races, but this year he has been much more laid-back.

“Hopefully, he goes close at Lingfield and we are looking forward to running him.”

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