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All-weather finals day: Tyrrhenian eyes Easter Classic redemption at Newcastle on Friday | Race News


The Tyrrhenian are looking to find their way back to victory in the stakes conditions of the Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships in Newcastle on Friday, live on Sky Sports Racing.

The Roger Varian-trained gelding Dark Angel won his first three starts, all of which were over a mile at Gosforth Park, but lost his unbeaten record when he went 10 furlongs at Kempton last time out.

However, he was only beaten by half a length following an interrupted pass and now has the chance to set the record straight over the distance.

The Carlburg Stables handler said of his chances: “We like him a lot, he’s a lovely horse and should probably be unbeaten before Friday.

“I think he’s going to race very well, he’s training well. It’s only a small field, but it’s very competitive. We’re hopeful.”

Matterhorn won this race for the Kingsley Park team in 2019 and this year Charlie and Mark Johnston are counting on Living legendwho won the Magnolia Stakes match last time out.

Al Zaraqaan was beaten by a nose when second in this Listed contest and returns to Newcastle for the first time since scoring on the track and the trip in January.

With just six riders in the line-up, Archie Watson’s charge is already guaranteed a share of the prize money, but Hambleton Racing owners’ Simon Turner is eager to see how the five-year-old fares. will come out.

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Sky Sports Racing Ambassador Hollie Doyle previews her five races on the day of the all-weather final, featuring Easter Classic contender Al Zaraqaan and the exciting three-year-old Space Cowboy.

“We were delighted with his run last time out, I think if he can replicate that form he has every chance of being there,” he said. “Friday is a very valuable race and he has already secured prize money with a small field and we are very happy to have him in it, he has done a good job.

“Coming off of his last race, if he can replicate that he should definitely be among the best at least. That would be fantastic considering he’s relatively new to us, he didn’t cost a fortune and run in a race with £200,000 offered is excellent.”

At Marco Botti’s Felix was disappointing when sent off 3-1 in the same Kempton event and hopes to bounce back. The coach is ready to draw a line under a race where nothing went well for the six-year-old.

“We were disappointed with Felix at Kempton but the race didn’t go for him at all. Daniel (Muscutt, jockey) went ahead and unfortunately got stuck three wide most of the time. , which didn’t suit him,” Botti said.

“Felix looks in good condition so hopefully he can bounce back to the level he showed before Kempton. The run in Dubai was good and in this form he should have a chance to lead.

“I thought for a while that Newcastle would suit him better than more pointed tracks like Lingfield. Newcastle is a great galloping track and with their racing style they should play to their strengths.”

The field is completed by united frontwho will be associated with Tom Marquand, and French raider Charles Quintwhich justified the favoritism at Chantilly last month.




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