Lingfield and Newcastle both come under the spotlight as Templegate tries to find a host of winners on all-weather championship finals day
2.10 LINGFIELD: Enjoy the Scenery.
NATURAL SCENERY has progressed rapidly since switching to the all-weather in the autumn and she put in a personal best when upped to two miles for the first time at Newmarket in February.
Watersmeet was third behind my fancy in January. He won well over two miles at Chelmsford last time and his form underlines the class of Natural Scenery.
2.40 LINGFIELD: Red-hot ASHADIHAN looks a good bet. She’s unbeaten in two all-weather starts. Last spring’s course-and-distance success came in a Group 3 contest and she was impressive at Chelmsford in February. Two of her turf runs last summer came in Group 1s.
Muffri’Ha was only beaten half-a-length when third in a Meydan Group 1 last month. But that was over 1m1f and I’m always suspicious about Dubai form. Her rails draw might not be much help if she can’t hold a prominent position.
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2.55 NEWCASTLE: This should be SHORT WORK. He won first time out last season when trained by Ralph Beckett and he went on to run several good races in handicaps.
There’s plenty of all-weather winners in his pedigree and David O’Meara is a master at improving horses from other yards. Mutamid and Inaam are the two I fear most.
3.10 LINGFIELD: This should be one for friends reunited. Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan team up with KIMBERELLA after excellent stable debut. That five-furlong success came at today’s track and he’ll have no problem with this longer trip.
Pretend has a fine record at this distance on the all-weather. He was behind Royal Birth, Lancelot Du Lac, Verne Castle and Boom The Groom last time. But that was over the minimum trip and it didn’t set up for his old up style.
Lancelot Du Lac – runner-up in this race 12 months ago – will also like the return to six furlongs.
3.25 NEWCASTLE: Go Wild. Frankie Dettori’s mount WILD HACKED bumped into well-weighted Big Country at Kempton two weeks ago. His previous form was also good and he’s unexposed over today’s trip.
To Be Wild is very promising He needs to prove he can do it on the all-weather but he could easily be better than a handicapper.
3.40 LINGFIELD: Unlock this puzzle with KEYSTROKE. He has a great record on the all-weather and only failed by a nose to land a Wolverhampton Listed contest last month. That was over seven furlongs and the return to today’s longer trip is sure to suit.
There’s a chance Ennaadd could just be too good. He completed a four-timer with an easy Kempton victory in November and he has goes well after a break.
French raider Qurbaan has twice won Listed races. It’s hard to know how strong the form is but he has to be respected.
3.55 NEWCASTLE: This is a sizzling-hot contest and is sure to throw up stacks of winners. UTMOST looked really good when winning on his debut at Leicester and the form worked out well.
He’s bred to like the all-weather.
York Group 3 scorer Syphax and top-level placed South Seas have already shown their class.
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4.10 LINGFIELD: Give this a SECOND THOUGHT. William Haggas’ speedster has rattled up an all-weather hat-trick this winter after making a promising debut last year.
He’s beaten Sutter County on his last two wins and is getting better with each race. Last month’s Lingfield success came over seven furlongs but he’s got more than enough pace to cope with the return to today’s trip.
Dubai One and Tomily head the dangers.
4.40 LINGFIELD: Have an ABSOLUTE BLAST. She won twice on sand when trained by Iain Jardine and she made a cracking debut for Archie Watson when beaten just half-a-length behind Convey in the Winter Derby. My fancy is a couple of pounds better off today and there was a lot to like about her Kempton victory two weeks ago.
Convey’s victory in the Winter Derby came on his first run since being gelded. I don’t trust him to repeat that performance.
Last year’s winner Grendisar – fifth behind Convey – is not in such good form this time.
Templegate’s TV Tips
- 2.10 Lingfield – Natural Scenery
- 2.40 Lingfield – Ashadihan
- 2.55 Newcastle – Short Work
- 3.10 Lingfield – Kimberella
- 3.25 Newcastle – Wild Hacked
- 3.40 Lingfield – Keystroke
- 3.55 Newcastle – Utmost
- 4.10 Lingfield – Second Thought
- 4.40 Lingfield – Absolute Blast
2.00 Esprit De Corps (treble)
3.00 Rowlestone Lass
3.30 Doctor Bartolo
4.30 El Vip
5.30 Love On The Rocks
2.10 Natural Scenery
3.10 Kimberella (nap)
4.10 Second Thought
4.40 Absolute Blast (nb)
1.50 Peace Prevails
2.20 Paddy Power
2.55 Short Work
3.25 Wild Hacked
4.25 Gaelic Tiger
4.55 Poet’s Reward