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Curragh trainer books Smullen as she looks to earn All-Weather Championship qualification

Tracey Collins will make a rare raid in England tomorrow afternoon when she sends over Captain Joy for the Ladbrokes Conditions Race which is a fast-track qualifier race for the lucrative All-Weather Championships on Good Friday.

The Curragh trainer has booked Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen for the Lingfield race in which the six-year-old will face six rivals.

A six-time winner for Collins, Captain Joy has won all of those races at Dundalk and having been rated 108 at one point in the summer of 2013, he'll run in tomorrow's £19,000 race off a mark of 100, the same rating he won off at Dundalk last month.

Drawn in stall four, Collins is hoping for a big run from Captain Joy who she is hoping will earn automatic entry into the Ladbrokes Mile over the same course and distance in April and is worth £150,000.

Speaking yesterday, she said: "Captain Joy travelled over Wednesday night and arrived at Lingfield Thursday morning. It was a long journey but he seems to have come out of it well. His preparation has gone well since Dundalk.

"He handles the Polytrack surface really well and the reason we are targeting the All-Weather Championships is because he didn't really handle Dubai last year.

"The plan is to get him qualified for Finals Day.

"Lingfield is sharper than Dundalk but he has been around a while and is a seasoned campaigner. It should not be a problem for him."

Smullen, who was in action at Meydan yesterday and is booked for two rides at Dundalk tonight, will also ride Inexorable Tide for Ralph Beckett in the mile maiden on tomorrow's card.

Captain Joy will face stiff opposition with Australian Group One winner Linton also featuring amongst the declarations.


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