Friday 15th April 2022
Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)
A big welcome to my preview for All-Weather Finals Day where I’ll be focusing on the action from Newcastle, starting off with the 2:00 which is the All-Weather Mile. The one I like here is My Oberon at 9/4 for William Haggas who’s set to be ridden by Tom Marquand. This five-year-old gelding by Dubawi has a bundle of top-level form to his name, most recently finishing sixth of fourteen in the Group 1 Dubai Turf at Meydan behind a dead-heat that included Lord North. He was also just a neck behind Skalleti in a French Group 1 last season, and this form has left him clear of his rivals here on official ratings. If he runs anywhere near his current mark he’ll be very tough to beat.
It’s the 2:35 up next which is the All-Weather Sprint that’s contested over six furlongs. This is traditionally a competitive affair and this year’s renewal is no different. I’ve sided with two horses in this year’s renewal of the race, with the first of these coming in the form of Spycatcher at 9/2 for Karl Burke and Clifford Lee. He was last seen when staying on late to win a Listed event at Lingfield, and looks to still have considerable progression in him as he’s only a four-year-old. The second one for me here is Volatile Analyst at 9/1 for Keith Dalgleish and Callum Rodriguez. He was also last seen when winning a Listed race which in his case this came at Doncaster last month, he’s not the most consistent of horses but he’s battle hardened to competitive contests and if turning up on a going day like he did last time he’s got every chance of playing a part.
The next race I’ll be taking a look at is the 3:10 which is the three-year-old race that’s contested over six furlongs. Whilst the standard is set at the top of the market by Tiber Flow and El Cabello, I’ve taken them on with an each-way alternative in the form of Space Cowboy at 6/1 for Richard Spencer and Hollie Doyle. He made smart progress over the autumn months and arrives here off with back to back victories, the latest coming over course and distance in October where got the better of the useful Eldrickjones by half of a length. It’s likely he’s not finished progressing just yet and if getting an easy lead he could prove tough to peg back.
Concluding my preview for All-Weather Finals Day is the 3:45 which is the Fillies’ & Mares’ over seven furlongs. I’ve sided with Highfield Princess here who’s currently trading at 15/8 for John Quinn and Jason Hart. She developed into a personal favourite of mine last season as she often gave her running in many competitive and hot races. She was last seen when finishing a half of a length behind Tone The Barone at Wolverhampton last month which looked a nice prep for this particular assignment. Last season she won the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Ascot and went on to be placed within Group 2 company behind Space Blues which is form that speaks for itself, if transferring that ability to this surface she’s a huge player.