2.35pm £45,000 coral.co.uk Handicap 1m 4f, Polytrack
The two market leaders, 9/2 second favourite Castilo Del Diablo and 4/1 favourite Modernstone, fought out the finish of the 14-runner feature race of Lingfield's All-Weather card on Saturday, with the former getting the better of the latter by neck in the £45,000 coral.co.uk Handicap.
Jamie Spencer brought the David Simcock-trained Castilo Del Diablo with a good run on the inside in the straight and went to front inside the final furlong before holding off the late challenge on the outside of Modernstone, trained by William Knight and ridden by Andrea Atzeni who put up 2lb overweight, in a fast time of 2m 28.33s for the 12 furlongs on Polytrack.
Five-year-old Castilo Del Diablo wore cheek pieces rather than blinkers, with Swing Alone a length back in third and Grendasar a neck further in arrears in fourth. The stewards banned Grendasar's jockey Paolo Sirigu for 10 days after finding the rider guilty of failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing.
Simcock, who enjoyed a 114.5/1 double at Lingfield Park after success for 20/1 chance Fractal in the 32Red Maiden (Div II) earlier in the day, is now aiming Castilo Del Diablo at the £200,000 Coral-sponsored All-Weather Championships Middle Distance Final over 10 furlongs on Good Friday, April 18 back at Lingfield Park.
The Newmarket-based trainer commented: "He will be rated nearly 100 after this win and we will aim him at the Final on Good Friday. The plan will be to drop back to in trip to 10 furlongs and go for the Winter Derby trial (the £37,000 Listed Coral App Download From The App Store Winter Derby at Lingfield Park on February 22).
"I am very happy after today's wins - the horses are in good order and 2014 has started well.
"I am looking forward to the year and we will be busy with runners in Dubai and on the All-Weather before the turf season starts."
Simcock, who enjoyed his best ever year in 2013 with 84 British successes, added: "I'm pleased Lingfield Park put on such good prize money today and were rewarded with a competitive race.
"Castilo Del Diablo has been called a few names but I think he's an honest horse. He's had a wind operation and problems with his legs but is running well now.
"He's better on the All-Weather than turf. I'm very pleased for him and the owners."
Horses qualify for the six championship contests on £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day (Good Friday, April 18, 2014) by running in a minimum of three races at Britain's All-Weather tracks - three owned by ARC, Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton, and The Jockey Club's Kempton Park - between October 26 and April 12 or else by succeeding in one of the 16 Fast Track Qualifiers.