Antiquarium aimed at Marathon

Antiquarium, who failed to show his true form at York, will be targeted at the All-Weather Marathon on Good Friday.

Antiquarium: Will be aimed at Lingfield

The four-year-old stayer's best performance to date came when he was successful in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle in June, but he could not back that up in the Ebor and finished eighth behind Heartbreak City.

"That was not him in the Ebor," said trainer Charlie Appleby.

"We know that he handles the all-weather and he will be a horse that we campaign towards the Marathon on Finals Day.

"He will run in a couple of qualifiers before being aimed at the final."

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Meanwhile, bookmakers 32Red will once again sponsor the Three-Year-Old and Fillies' & Mares' Championships in the build-up to Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.

The 2016-17 All-Weather Championships will run from October 27 through to the £1million finale on April 14.

32Red chief executive Ed Ware said: "We are delighted to be continuing our association with the All-Weather Championships which have proved such a great success since they were launched in 2013.

"All-weather racing is popular with our customers and it makes sense to ensure our brand is strongly associated with it."

All races at the six all-weather racecourses in Great Britain between these dates will count as qualifying runs, with Newcastle's new Tapeta track involved for the first time.

The Fillies' & Mares', Three-Year-Old, Sprint, Mile, Marathon and Easter Classic Middle Distance form the six championship categories.

Each category will have a £150,000 final on Good Friday, with the exception of the Easter Classic Middle Distance, which will be run for £200,000.

A £50,000 handicap for apprentice jockeys will also be staged on Finals Day, which will be broadcast live on At The Races and ITV4.

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