Tearless takes advantage of Lingfield reward
Adam Kirby showed just why he is the go-to man on the all-weather by riding a double on the first day of the new All-Weather Championships season at Lingfield.
Kirby was the leading rider throughout last year's launch of the series, which has breathed new life into racing on artificial surfaces.
It was the 25th anniversary of the very first all-weather meeting and while those involved that day may not have believed how much racing there is now away from turf, the new initiative has been a huge step forward and is likely to be even better supported this season.
Fast-Track Qualifier races hand the winners of certain races a place on Finals Day at Easter, and the Listed 32Red/ebfstallions.com Fleur De Lys Fillies' Stakes was one such event.
It was Charlie Appleby's Tearless who became the first horse to take advantage of that scheme.
On just the fourth outing of her career having been unraced at two and three, the daughter of Street Cry and Fillies' Mile winner Playful Act was already winning for the third time.
Kirby has few peers around Lingfield and had his inexperienced mount, who was sent off at 4-1, in a prime position throughout and she pulled a length and three-quarters clear of Lamar.
Fellow Godolphin runner Wahgah, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, was carrying the white cap yet was still sent off the 9-4 favourite and made eyecatching late headway into third having been in the rear under Paul Hanagan.
Appleby was delighted to get a Listed win for the well-bred filly and said all options will be discussed with the future in mind.
"She's a filly we've been patient with and this was was always the plan since her last run," he explained.
"We always thought at home that she might prefer racing on synthetics as opposed to turf with her being by Street Cry and looking at it today that looks like being the case.
"I'm delighted with her performance and obviously she has now qualified for the final.
"To get a Listed win for a filly with a pedigree like she has is great.
"Going forward we'll have to discuss with connections what we want to do, but the fact she has that place on finals day will be in the back of our minds."