Sky Sports Racing ambassador Hollie Doyle runs the rule on her five races in the All-Weather Championships final at Newcastle on Good Friday, including a solid chance in the Easter Classic feature.
Angel can grow wings in the final
While I consider Lingfield Park the ultimate test of any All-Weather horse, hosting Finals Day in Newcastle for the first time is an interesting experience. It’s a nice, fair trail that’s already proven a happy hunting ground for four of my five outings, including INTERNATIONALANGE in the Coral All-Weather Fillies and Mares Championship Conditions Stakes (3.45).
Jane Chapple-Hyam’s remarkable mare could be my best chance of the day and it would be quite a story if she could end the season winning this precious prize.
Jane’s first of five straight wins came at odds of just 67 at Chelmsford City in October and she’s now rated 100!
She has since gained a handicap on that seven-stadia journey, when she pulled away from Mick Appleby’s helpful Whittle Le Woods – twice a winner since and a contender for a good prize at the inaugural meeting of Lingfield Vase Friday.
Internationalangel was never able to compete from a wide position in the Listed Lady Wulfruna Stakes at Wolverhampton last month, but can show themselves in a much better light here. I rode her at home last week and can’t wait to put her in a race for the first time.
Looking for a Fast-Track Repeat on Cowboy
I won a Fast-Track Qualifier across Newcastle’s six stadiums on SPACE COWBOY with whom I will be reunited in the Coral 3-Year-Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes (3.10).
I’ve ridden him a few times at his job in Newmarket and couldn’t be happier with him. His trainer Richard Spencer and his owner Phil Cunningham have high hopes for a colt who has done very well physically over the winter.
I raced to win that qualifying in October and he also won from the front for Kieran Shoemark at Wolverhampton before that but he’s adaptable so I’ll be happy to take the lead if it works out that way because he’s not complicated and installs well.
Both El Caballo and My Dubai, who are attracted to me, like to go forward, so there should be a lot of rhythm from the start. This is going to be a serious test for his progress, but hopefully he can show the world what a great prospect he is.
Don’t overlook the winner of the Tempus course
Competitor of the Mile TEMPUS gave me a good feeling when he came home from the front in a fast-track qualifying for that final at Newcastle in January on his first start for Archie Watson and Hambleton Racing, beating the useful bless him who has since won and takes us over.
On the face of it, he was a disappointment in another Southwell qualifier won by My Oberon but don’t judge on that. Tapeta’s new track was going too fast for him that day and he was never happy.
His last Listed start at Doncaster was much more like it. He finished a solid second behind Richard Hannon’s clever Chindit, who had 11 pounds in hand from us at the weights, and back on a track playing to his strengths, I expect him to push past his chances in the Mile All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes (2.00).
My Oberon is clearly the one we all need to beat. He is the class horse of the race and did well in Group One Dubai Turf last month, finishing just behind me on Saffron Beach and just over four lengths behind ex-deads Lord North and Panthalassa. It seems to be my husband Tom (Marquand’s) best chance to win.
Classic luck with Al Zarazaan
Hambleton Racing shareholders will no doubt be out in force to also cheer AL ZARAQAAN in the richest race of the day, the ten stadia Betway Easter Classic All-Weather Half Distance Championships Conditions Stakes (4.45).
Like his Tempus stablemate, he also won a Fast-Track Qualifier at this track in January, albeit under different circumstances. He dominated a weak three-rider race that day, but it will be much more competitive.
His last run in the Listed Magnolia Stakes at Kempton Park was really encouraging. Archie (Watson) put the blinders on him for the first time and he ran hard to get within a nose of the winner Living legendwhich we pick up.
We had raced him in the Winter Derby Trial and the Winter Derby itself at Lingfield, but that option disappeared when he missed the break at Kempton, possibly because of headgear. As it happens, he seemed to enjoy passing horses for Luke Morris, so I’ll be happy to ride the race as I find it.
Roger Varian’s favorite Tyrrhenian Sea is difficult to assess as he is lightly raced and clearly open to improvement, but Al Zaraqaan is a capable horse for his day and brings solid form into the race, so fingers crossed.
Dream ride in the marathon final
It’s always a pleasure to be on board my old friend RAINBOW DREAMER who tries his luck Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes (4.15).
Alan King’s nine-year-old confirmed he still has what it takes when he beat one of his main rivals earl of the cotswolds in a Fast-Track qualifying at Wolverhampton in January, but ran oddly well below form in a similar race at Kempton afterwards.
He never won at Newcastle in five attempts, but made some great runs in defeat. He finished second in another Fast-Track qualifier there in December and was fourth over him in the Group Three Sagaro stakes when he transferred from Ascot to Gosforth Park in 2020.
If he can run at this level of form, he will have every chance in what looks to be a very open race.
Nazanin will test the Classic references
I galloped the filly of my boss Imad Alsagar NAZANINE several times in preparation for his seasonal reappearance in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes – better known as Fred Darling – at Newbury on Saturday (2.25).
I won group three Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr on his back in September and that seems like a perfect starting point. Archie (Watson) is happy with her progress and the move to seven furlongs seems well within reach, given how she stayed to earn a shorter furlough in Scotland.
She may be a little fresh, as fillies sometimes are after a break, but it’s a starting point and we have to learn something in relation to future goals. She holds an entry in the Irish 1.00 Guineas.
More to come from Charlton colt
I was also satisfied with HEAD OF PART progressing in his work at Harry and Roger Charlton, so I hope for a good reappearance from him in the second division of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Inaugural Stake (4.45) at Newbury.
I rode him for his debut in a Doncaster maiden who did well and this half brother to Imad’s band winner Extra Elusive looks like a great prospect who has every right to be even better for his second career start.