Godolphin 1-2 in AW qualifier

Antiquarium led home a Godolphin one-two in the Betway Conditions Stakes at Wolverhampton to book a berth on Finals day.

Antiquarium (left): Winner of the Northumberland Plate and now an all-weather player too.

Last season's Northumberland Plate hero was running for the first time since being unplaced in the Ebor at York in August, but he showed no signs of ring-rustiness as he saw off the pacesetting Famous Kid.

Saeed bin Surror's charge made a bold bit to make all the running, but the 6/5 favourite could not cope with the formidable challenge of the Charlie Appleby-trained Antiquarium (6/4).

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Ridden by Adam Kirby, the five-year-old got the verdict by a length and three-quarters in a fast-track qualifier for All-Weather Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.

"I'm very pleased with him," Kirby told At The Races. "He's an easy-actioned horse. He's very clear-winded and easy to ride.

"We went a good pace. They steadied up with a circuit to go but we got going again. He didn't pull, he was relaxed and is the perfect horse for the all-weather.

"He stays and there's no point complicating things. He gave me a great feel and he'll be there or thereabouts on Good Friday. He should be a major player."

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