Litigant secures finals place

Litigant booked his place for the All-Weather Championships Finals on Good Friday with victory in the 32Red Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

Seamus Durack's charge, who was formerly trained by Andre Fabre, was always travelling sweetly in the hands of George Baker but appeared to have no way out in the straight.

Thankfully for his connections, the gaps appeared at just the right time and the 2-1 favourite quickened up like a smart horse to beat Noble Silk by half a length with a nose back to Duchess Of Gazeley.

Durack was delighted to land the two-mile event, which guarantees entry for the the 150,000 32Red Casino Marathon on April 18.

He said: "It was a bit touch and go in the straight. But Litigant has a bit of toe and showed plenty of pace to get there where it mattered.

"He stays two miles well and we have to go for the final on Good Friday because of the massive amount of prize money on offer."

Part-owner Tony Byrne, who shares the horse with his nephew and Swindon construction firm business partner Shaun King, added: "We bought Litigant at Doncaster Sales for 18,500 in January last year and he has proved a bargain.

"We are very happy and looking forward to Good Friday. We have all our six or seven horses with Seamus Durack and we breed as well."