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  • 16:40 Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes1m 1y

  • £150,000 added 4yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner £93,375 2nd £27,960 3rd £13,980 4th £6,990
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 34.51s
  • Off time: 16:40:49

Captain Cat pounces for Mile success at All-Weather Championships

Last Updated: 18/04/14 5:40pm

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Captain Cat comes fast and late to win

Captain Cat comes fast and late to win

Roger Charlton's decision to miss the Lincoln with Captain Cat was fully vindicated as he ran away with the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

Nearly last with two furlongs to run, the lightly-raced five-year-old who carries his head in a fashion similar to Tidal Bay, sprouted wings in the home straight to win in impressive fashion.

The early pace was frenetic with Anaconda, Chookie Royale and Frontier Fighter at the head of affairs and those three still had it between them with a furlong to run.

Ryan Moore began to weave his way through on Grey Mirage but James Doyle could be spotted in the blue silks on the outside and the result looked inevitable from some way out.

The 4/1 chance beat Highland Knight (25/1) by a length and a quarter with Alfred Hutchinson third.

Captain Cat was ante-post favourite for the Lincoln, but Charlton decided the ground was too soft.

Doyle said: "The plan was to ride a patient race as he has a decent amount of ability and I think he has to be ridden as if he's the classiest horse in the race.

"I hear it was a course record so it can't be bad.

"He's got plenty of character but has always worked really nicely. He's turning into a nice horse."

Winning owner Barry Hurley said: "The plan came together for a change!

"He'll go up to 106 for that, so he'd either have to go for the Royal Hunt Cup or a Group race."

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