All-Weather Championship Finals Day Preview
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All-Weather Championship Finals Day Preview

Good Friday starts the Easter Weekend and has become the home of All-Weather Finals, with some quality action taking place.The event has a new home for 2022, switching from Lingfield to Newcastle. It's expected to attract a decent crowd to Gosforth Park as, for the first time, the AW Finals are run on the Tapeta track at one of Britain's fairest synthetic venues.The Racing Post previews all the action from the meeting, which runs from 1:30pm-4:45pm.


1:30pm - Coral Burradon Stakes (Listed, 1m)

There are reasons to be positive on the chances of all six contenders in the opener, though course novice winner Flash The Dash, French Listed second Implementation, and once-raced Wolverhampton maiden winner Checkandchallenge do seemingly have a bit of improving to do if hoping to overcome a trio of three-figure rated rivals.

Both Implementation and Dark Moon Rising have a fitness advantage over their reappearing rivals. Kevin Ryan's Night Of Thunder colt won a valuable Conditions event at Chelmsford on his reappearance 15 days ago. That was a smart effort and brings him right into the mix for honours now.

Dubai Poet didn't shape badly in a Newmarket Group 3 on good ground behind leading Guineas contender Coroebus in the autumn and perhaps would blame soft ground for a lesser effort soon after at Newbury in the same grade over 7f. He should have more to come on his all-weather bow.

However, IMPERIAL FIGHTER was one place (and two-and-a-half-lengths) in front of him when chasing home Coroebus in that Autumn Stakes at HQ and then finished a commendable fifth in Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster on his final 2YO start.

He, too, is racing on a synthetic surface for the first time, but if he brings his A-game here, he'll be hard to hold.

Selection: Imperial Fighter

Next Best: Dark Moon Rising


2:00pm - All-weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes (1m)

My Oberon wasn't disgraced in the Dubai Turf at Meydan late last month, having made a winning reappearance at Southwell in February. The William Haggas inmate sets the standard for this contest and has some fairly clear daylight from the others on official ratings.

Archie Watson fires two at this, Tempus and Imperial Sands, with Hollie Doyle seemingly giving preference to the former. His most recent turf start saw him chasing home Chindit at Doncaster, though he's got work to do with My Oberon based on that Southwell race in February.

Amilcar is a dual Listed winner in France - both on all-weather and turf - and should be sharper for last month's spin around Wolverhampton - his first appearance on a British racetrack. He's got something to offer.

SAN ANDREAS might take this for Joseph O'Brien and Dylan Browne-McMonagle, however. He's got some useful form on the all-weather in Ireland and comes here race-fit following a win at Dundalk last month. He should offer some each-way value against short-priced favourite My Oberon.

Selection: San Andreas

Next Best: Amilcar


2:35pm - Betway All-weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes (6f)

Quite possibly the most open race on the Newcastle card this afternoon, and there are lots of chances here.
Ejtilaab made every yard at Kempton in last month's handicap bow off an opening mark of 105. He was an easy front-running winner over C&D last summer to boot, and it won't pay the others to allow him a soft lead.

He was, though, behind Soldier's Minute and Lord Of The Lodge at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day when unable to dictate. Keith Dalgleish's Soldier's Minute has more on this plate in this field, as does Karl Burke's Lord Of The Lodge - himself a former scorer over track and trip.

Good Effort would have stellar claims if able to rediscover last year's peak form, while Judicial is no stranger to this place and, while now a veteran, retain lots of ability.

SPYCATCHER is the choice, however, the third of Karl Burke's contenders here. The four-year-old has had only three all-weather starts since he ended his turf campaign in victory at Newmarket in October, off a mark of 99. Most recently, he arrived on the scene fast and late to deny Lord Of The Lodge at Lingfield in a Listed race in February.

He was stone last on the final bend and had to circle the field widest of all, but he really powered home once in the straight. This track ought to play to his strengths on that evidence.

Selection: Spycatcher

Next Best: Ejtilaab


3:10pm - Coral 3-Year-Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes (6f)

Both El Caballo and TIBER FLOW are previous course and distance winners, and they appear the leading contenders for this.

The former is a son of Havana Gold and is trained by Karl Burke. He's got more experience and, by design, is higher rated on the back of his Listed win at Lingfield in March. He's only been beaten once by Armor on debut at Doncaster (winner went close in a Group 1 four starts later) and has excellent credentials.

Tiber Flow is narrowly preferred and is a bigger price currently. The time he clocked here on debut in December was a good one, and having twice won over 7f since he won't be put off if they go a good lick early on in this contest. He's a son of Caravaggio but has that evident bit of stamina to go with a smart turn of foot and, with three wins in as many starts, is a colt going places for William Haggas and Tom Marquand.

My Dubawi was second to Tiber Flow on penultimate start at Southwell over that 7f trip, his only defeat in four AW starts and could have each-way claims, having built on that with a win since at Kempton.

Selection: Tiber Flow

Next Best: El Caballo


3:45pm - Coral All-weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes (7f)

The leading contenders on ratings are Highfield Princess and Internationalangel, and they typically are fronting the betting.

John Quinn's Highfield Princess won a Royal Ascot handicap and a Chelmsford Listed race last summer and, on those efforts, would surely be the answer to this puzzle.

She hasn't quite hit those heights in three runs since returning to action in February. She went close at Chelmsford first time out before coming up shy in a Listed Wolverhampton contest last month. A week later, she put up a good effort over an inadequate 5f at the same venue. She could go well back up in trip on her first visit to Newcastle.

Internationalangel meanwhile recorded a five-timer on the all-weather from October-February after joining this stable, rising from a mark of 62 to 100 along the way. That sequence ended at Wolverhampton last month, and, on that form, she has two lengths to find with fifth-placed Highfield Princess.

RISING STAR was behind Highfield Princess at Chelmsford in early spring but was returning from a break. She has since come here and won a three-runner fillies' handicap in good style off a mark of 90. She'll need to improve again on that effort but is a 4YO with scope for further progress.

Selection: Rising Star

Next Best: Highfield Princess


4:15pm - Betway All-weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes (2m)

Sleeping Lion won a qualifier for this at Kempton in February, overhauling front-running Earlofthecotswolds late on. The latter was a close third that day and has since improved to win back-to-back races at the Sunbury circuit over 1m4f/2m - most recently by six lengths.

Nigel Twiston-Davies' eight-year-old is very lightly-raced in this sphere, and if he continues to improve, he has a fine chance of more success.

Irish raider Grandmaster Flash has to be respected. He wasn't disgraced over C&D in the Northumberland Plate last summer but might end up playing for place money.

At the prices, it's worth siding with HALIMI. Simon & Ed Crisford's charge recently made the running at Wolverhampton and looked beaten when Red Verdon moved to lead inside the final furlong, but he rallied and got the verdict close home.

A strong stayer on the turf, that was his first all-weather win, and it came on his first try at this trip. He's got scope for better, and perhaps a quote of 16/1 is too dismissive.

Selection: Halimi

Next Best: Earlofthecotswolds


4:45pm - Betway Easter Classic All-weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes (1m2)

f)Easter Classic glory may beckon for TYRRHENIAN SEA here. Roger Varian's charge won his first three starts with a minimum of fuss, and last month's Class 2 Kempton handicap defeat can be easily forgiven. There were only six runners, but he was repeatedly denied the room to make his challenge from over a furlong out, having to sit and suffer in a bunched finish as he was beaten less than a half-length in fourth. Andrea Atzeni rides here, and this improving gelding looks the way to go.

United Front was runner-up that evening and is 5lb better off now but may do well to maintain superiority, having recently been well down the field in the Lincoln.

Living Legend, a winner Kempton over 1m2f most recently having previous shaped well in Lingfield's Winter Derby Trial in February, should be up on the speed throughout and could be a typically tenacious finisher for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning late on.

Selection: Tyrrhenian Sea

Next Best: Living Legend






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