Collins keen on Lingfield Joy

Trainer Tracey Collins is looking forward to seeing Captain Joy bid for back-to-back victories in the Sun Bets All-Weather Mile Championships at Lingfield in the spring.

Captain Joy ridden by Pat Smullen (left, yellow) wins the Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile Championships at Lingfield in 2016.

The seven-year-old claimed a narrow victory in the lucrative contest on Good Friday earlier this year and has been raced sparingly during the summer months on turf.

Captain Joy was last seen finishing fifth in the Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown in August and while Collins has yet to make plans for a comeback run, she already has one eye on Finals Day on April 14.

She said: "Captain Joy is very well at the moment. He has come back from having a break.

"We have to try and organise a winter campaign for him now. Unfortunately, there are not many races at Dundalk that are suitable for him, so we will probably have to travel over to England again with him.

"It will be more than likely that we will go down the fast-track qualifier route with him again.

"The qualifier at Dundalk is not until March, which is a long way off. The horse will tell us when he is ready and we will map out a plan from there.

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"Captain Joy is just a horse that loves work and loves racing. He is a very consistent and genuine horse."

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