The decision to move the All-Weather Championships card from Lingfield to Newcastle also means that the Tyrrhenian Sea he returns to the track where he scored a hat-trick in mid-winter, and is likely to start against his in-form manager Roger Varian in the Betway Easter Classic at the end of the card.
The four-year-old looked like one of the most unlucky losers of the all-weather campaign when he was just fourth at Kempton Park last month, and is best judged by a very comfortable win of an opening mark of 87 on his handicap debut at february.
His five rivals all arrive with more experience and Living Legend will be a danger if Joe Fanning breaks loose in the lead, but Tyrrhenian Sea (4.45) he’s at the top of the rankings and also has more room for improvement, so a fourth win in five starts will be hard to deny him.
Newcastle 2.00 my oberon he was a respectable sixth at the Dubai Turf less than three weeks ago, but provided he has beaten him, he is the clear choice in his win in a qualifier at Tapeta at Southwell in February.
lingfield 2.20 It’s hard to rule out any of the dozen runners here with confidence, but Asadjumeirah he has the best individual piece of recent form, an easy win at Newcastle in February, and hasn’t done much wrong in his three starts since then.
New Castle 2.35 Ejtilaab He put in the best performance of his career, in his 19th career start, at Kempton last month to win from a 105 deficit and anything close to that level will make him hard to beat here.
Linfield 2.55 Zameka made his debut in a hot race at Kempton in November and is a potential handicap of 81. He has done all his races over seven furlongs so far, however, and with likely odds, Asser, a solid time winner at Wolverhampton in December makes it more attractive.
Newcastle 3.10 It’s probably best to concentrate on The Horse and tiber flow, whose Both are track and travel proven and have a combined record of seven wins from eight starts. Marginal preference goes to the undefeated second seed, who had more in hand than the half-length margin implies in his handicap debut at Southwell last month.
New Castle 3.45 High Country Princess she was beaten by three lengths in the Champions Sprint at Ascot in October, she has winning form on this trip and could pick up a soft lead as she is the only regular favorite in the field.
4.00 Most of these have a claim in their best form, but shoot to kill could be the selection of prices around 10-1. He completed a hat-trick with a home-and-distance win in January and remains on a viable mark.
Newcastle 4.15 sleeping lion he looks like the safer choice in a tricky tenure contest, having followed up a close third place at the Listed level in France with a solid two-mile win last time out.
Todd resumes training after video ban
Olympic gold medal-winning equestrian Sir Mark Todd is allowed to resume his training career after receiving a four-month suspension, with a two-month deferral, due to a video that was widely shared on social media in February that It shows him hitting a competition horse with a tree branch after it was reluctant to jump into a lake.
Todd admitted a breach of rule J(19), which covers conduct detrimental to the reputation of racing, when the British Racing Authority’s independent disciplinary panel met again to consider the case on Thursday. His license was suspended by the British Horseracing Authority in mid-February, shortly after the video went public, and since his sanction was retroactive to that point, his license has now been restored.
Broadcasting the result on Thursday, Brian Barker QC, chairman of the three-person panel, said the BHA and Todd’s legal team had reached “a common ground” regarding his sanction.
Barker added that, having viewed raw footage of the incident, both sides agreed that the horse “showed no signs of fear or distress at any time”, that its welfare “does not appear to have been compromised and that the BHA is not suggesting it.” . he was engaged”, and that Todd had been “calm in his attempt to encourage the horse to jump into the water, having first convinced himself that the horse was capable of it”.
However, “the use of a light branch instead of a manufactured whip…was not appropriate”, and “the consequence of achieving a high level of success in sport is that the public can more easily identify an individual and his actions…can be expected to be scrutinized by a wider audience.”
Todd obtained a trainer’s license in 2019 and rode his first winner in June 2020.