All-Weather Championships Finals Day 2022
Friday afternoon sees the culmination of the All-Weather racing season with a seven-race card at Newcastle, featuring the six All-Weather Championship Finals, all being shown on ITV4. The meeting was held at Lingfield previously and they now host the All-Weather Vase Raceday; they also race at Chelmsford City meaning the only racing on Good Friday is All-Weather racing – yet another anomaly on the Fixture List, you would have thought a Turf fixture would be held somewhere.
A decent afternoon as I find three winners, one second and two thirds so nearly had the lot, but good none the less and I end +6.25 to level stakes.
Best bets for the All-Weather Championships Finals Day Newcastle 15th April 2022
2.00 the 1m All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes
Everything points towards My Oberon here who won a Fast-Track Qualifier at Southwell in February before a trip to Meydan for the G.1 Dubai Turf where the gelding was sixth. In theory he has around half-a-stone in hand on this field and he will stay the testing straight mile here, I actually expected him to be shorter priced than he is. I took 9-4 Thursday morning.
2.35 6f Betway All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes
This looks a wide-open affair with several in with chances. Ejtilaab is decent and won at Kempton last month having had a couple of runs in Group company out at the Dubai Carnival. Volatile Analyst is in with a shout but possible is better over 7f and may find things happening a bit too quickly early but did get up late in the Listed Cammidge Trophy Stakes last time. Spycathcer has taken well to the All-Weather and did win the Listed Kachy Stakes at Lingfield last time so has to be shortlisted, there may be more to come from him yet. Good Effort was beaten in the Kachy Stakes but unusually blew the start that day and finished third. Most of his form is at the Surrey track but if he flies out the stalls, as he can, he should be in the shake-up. That said Lord Of The Lodge looks certain to lead out of stall three, as he did in that Kachy Stakes, but will find it harder to hold off the late challengers over this straight six. I have a feeling they might go hard and fast here and if they do Spycatcher can swoop late. I have the 13-2.
3.10 6f Coral Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes
This looks at the mercy of El Caballo who is three from three on the All-Weather including winning the 7f Listed Coral Spring Cup Stakes at Lingfield on his last start and he is a course and distance winner. Tiber Flow is unbeaten in three starts but hasn’t exactly beaten a lot yet so you are guessing on how much more he has to give. Space Cowboy is two from two over six furlongs on the All-Weather including his last win back in October over this track and trip which was a Fast-Track Qualifier and he was promptly put away after with this in mind. A half-brother to a couple of winners he won that race in October a shade cosily in truth and a line through Canonized gives him a chance with the jolly. At the prices I am taking a chance on the mount of Hollie Doyle at 5-1 which I took early on Thursday.
3.45 7f Coral All-Weather Fillies' And Mares' Championships Conditions Stakes
Highfield Princess will be jolly for this despite not winning in a while, she did win the Buckingham Palace handicap at the Royal meeting last summer and a Listed heat at Chelmsford after that before being tried at Group level. Being able to run of level weights here is a positive, she had risen to 107 in the OR’s, and it would appear she has been aimed at this with three runs on the All-Weather to qualify the last over a very inadequate five furlongs. Paddy Power were a standout 2-1 on Thursday morning so I grabbed a bit of that. Internationalangel was winning for fun at Chelmsford last autumn but may have found her level and was behind the selection in the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes when they last met.
4.15 2m½f Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes
Another race that is pretty open looking and I can make a case for three or four of them. Khilwafy has C&D form is taking a big step up in class, Rainbow Dreamer can be good on his day, won a FTQ at Wolverhampton in January, but has off days as well whilst Marshall Plan has a habit of running well but getting beat! Wise Eagle has track and trip form back in 2021 and has been campaigned over shorter trips recently and looks to me likely to appreciate this step back up to two-miles but this is a lot tougher opposition than he has been facing. Sleeping Lion has been in form this All-Weather season and won his FTQ nicely at Kempton on February. I have backed Earlofthecotswolds as even though he has lost out to Sleeping Lion and Rainbow Dreamer this All-Weather season he has clearly been campaigned with this in mind and has got better with each run over the last few months, winning his last two starts impressively. Rated as high as 139 over hurdles and 140 in Chases I think he can lead every yard and at 5-1 looked a value punt to me.
4.45 1m2f Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes
Tyrrhenian Sea is jolly for this despite four of the rivals he faces officially being rated higher. It’s all about what the four-year-old might do, the grey having won his first three starts easily before he was turned over at Kempton in March; got no sort of run there in fairness. I said at the time I thought connections may have had the Mile Final in mind but this was apparently the aim for the four-year-old grey. He had looked very impressive in his three wins over a mile here prior to the nightmare at Kempton and despite being ridiculously short I can’t bet against him and I am on at 4-5 that was about Thursday lunchtime.