Take Appleby's Tryster to triumph at Lingfield
LINGFIELD'S All-Weather Championship Finals Day may only be in its second year but there is no doubt that due to the standard of horses it is attracting it is here to stay, with TRYSTER being the best example of how the series can introduce a future star.
Just a few short seasons ago if a horse ran on the all-weather with a three-figure rating it was headline news, but those days are long gone with half of the field in the Coral Easter Classic rated over 100. While there are some very nice horses lining up, they will all have to improve substantially to beat Charlie Appleby's Tryster, who has progressed from looking a bit of a playboy when winning the first race at the reopened Chelmsford City off a mark of 87 in January to looking a top-class prospect when coming from nearly last to win the Winter Derby.
That display proved he had bridged the gap from handicap company as he beat solid yardsticks like Grendisar, Captain Cat and last year's winner of this race Grandeur. There was no fluke about the performance. Adam Kirby looked to be all dressed up with nowhere to go a furlong out but when the gap appeared, he quickened up like only very smart horses can to win a shade cosily.
He is now rated 112 and just to put into context where he could possibly go from here, The Fugue was rated 123 when winning the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot last June.
That might seem fanciful talk at this stage, but were he to go and win here, and he is a shade of odds-on to do so, his rating will be creeping up towards 120 and where else do you go with a horse rated so highly?
He has made such rapid progress and as he is already gelded connections have nothing to lose from here on in.
Tryster could be the highlight of a very profitable day for Appleby, who has really dominated the all-weather season.
It will be a bit of a shock if his PORTAMENTO fails to deliver in the Unibet 3 Year Old Sprint.
He beat Guineas contender Estidhkaar in a Goodwood maiden last May by four lengths but ran no sort of a race in the Coventry at Ascot.
Touched off by the smart Bossy Guest at Newmarket in July, he then won at Lingfield and Haydock, was second in a Listed race at Doncaster and then had a break before winning a fast track qualifier easily at Wolverhampton.
Put away for this, the only thing that could catch him out is rustiness, but that does not seem to be an issue with horses from this yard.