Take on the favourites with this trio on All-Weather Finals Day

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If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. That’s the mantle we are taking into our selections for the second annual All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

Some of the best horses to grace the artificial surface this season are set to do their thing at Lingfield in a £1m Good Friday extravaganza.

And with prize money looking very tempting, we are chasing the profits of our own wants again.

After picking out two 14/1 winners and a 25/1 runner-up from our three selections last week (not that we’re gloating), we’re sticking with the long-shot technique and delving into the rewarding world of each-way betting once again.

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We got together to discuss three races on the cards in our latest Channel 4 racing podcast…

But more to the point, here are this week’s picks…

14:10 – Rivellino

He may have been pipped into third in this contest last year, but Karl Burke’s charge certainly turned the tables on last year’s winner Alben Star, when bolting up in a Listed contest over course and distance in February.

On the all-weather the five-year old is a consistent beast, showing form figures of 21231 over course and distance in 2014 and 2015, and he’s primed for another big run.

That victory last time out saw four of his Good Friday rivals behind him, so a place should be the minimum for Danny Tudhope to be aiming at.

If the gaps appear, and he’s not forced to come from the wide outside like last year, he should be bang there.

15:15 – Tenor

Shooting up from an official rating of 71 to 110 between September 2013 and September 2014, John Ryan’s charge hasn’t had the best of it of late.

After racking up five wins over a mile last summer, the five-year-old was taken to Dubai for a crack at further, before a burst blood vessel put paid to his chances in the Winter Derby here over 1m2f last time out.

Those runs didn’t work out, but a drop back in trip and a step down into more manageable company could spark some life into the Listed winner.

He is two from two over course and distance and looks massively over-priced in this contest.

15:45 – Shalaman

Tryster may well be unbeatable at this level, but as one of only two horses in the field yet to be turned over by the jolly this campaign, we are taking an each-way chance on an intriguing Irish raider.

The six-year-old certainly comes into the contest in good form, having racked up successive victories on the all-weather at Dundalk.

In the most recent of those starts he saw off former Dewhurst winner Parish Hall, in a contest that looks relatively strong.

He probably has a bit to do on ratings, but with a dead-eight in the race take a chance on this unknown quantity, against other that have already been brushed aside by the Godolphin favourite.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.