15 April 2019
Listed winner Castle Hill Cassie is likely to be kept against her own sex on £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day, which is staged on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 19.
Castle Hill Cassie holds entries in the £150,000 Ladbrokes Fillies' And Mares' All-Weather Championship (2.30pm, 14 entries) over seven furlongs and the £150,000 Sun Racing All-Weather Mile Championship (4.45pm, 20 entries).
The five-year-old Casamento mare captured a seven-furlong Tapeta conditions race at Wolverhampton in November and scored over the same course and an extended mile last time out in a fillies' handicap on January 28.
In between, she finished second, beaten three quarters of a length, by Island Of Life (William Haggas) in a seven-furlong Fast-Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton on January 2.
Two of Castle Hill Cassie's part-owners, David Redvers and David Howden, also own another Fillies' And Mares' contender in Gorgeous Noora, trained by Archie Watson in Upper Lambourn.
Trainer Ben Haslam, who is based in Middleham, North Yorkshire, reported today: "Castle Hill Cassie is in good form and it is all systems go for All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday.
"She is in both the Fillies' And Mares' contest as well as the Mile event, but I would say it is more likely she will go for the Fillies' And Mares'.
"We probably won't make a decision until the declaration stage. If the Mile cuts up, it would be an option, but I would think we would favour the Fillies' And Mares' as that is the race we have built up for all season.
"She won nicely at Wolverhampton last time and has been an absolute superstar for us.
"She is in foal to Zoustar and was covered in the first week in March, which is very exciting.
"She may have one more run afterwards, but we will see what happens on Finals Day first."
It is shaping up to be one of the most competitive renewals of the Ladbrokes Fillies' And Mares' All-Weather Championship to date, with the 12 entries also featuring fellow Listed scorers Rasima (Roger Varian) and Clon Coulis (David Barron).
Further spice is added by Crossing The Line for the in-form Andrew Balding stable, plus the lightly-raced pair of Tiger Eye (James Fanshawe), who is three from three in 2019, and Heavenly Holly (Hugo Palmer).
There could also be French representation courtesy of the Fabrice Chappet-trained Silvery Mist, runner-up in a Listed contest at Deauville on December 23.