Sky Sports Racing’s Simon Mapletoft has previewed each of the races on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Newcastle on Good Friday, starting with the Qipco 2000 Guineas entry Arabian Storm, who is expected to go well in the 1.15 talkSPORT Listed Burradon Stakes over a mile. Julie Camacho’s Shaquille is also fancied to do well in the talkSPORT All-Weather 3 Year Old Championships Conditions Stakes at 1.50, as is Berkshire Rocco in the BetUK All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes at 2.25.
The 3.00 BetUK All-Weather Easter Classic Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes is viewed as a disappointing renewal, but Irish raider Freescape is tipped to make an impact. Finally, Simon advises keeping an eye on Annaf in the BetUK All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes, describing the race as the most competitive on the card.
All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Newcastle hosts a number of races, with the focus on the highest-rated horses from the all-weather season competing for over £800,000 in prize money, as well as a place in the All-Weather Champion category. Jockeys will also be competing for accolades, with a £5,000 prize for the leading jockey on the day.
As well as the prize money on offer, the day is a significant one for the sport, as it marks the return of fans to racecourses in England for the first time since lockdown began. Newcastle Racecourse is currently one of five racecourses in the UK offering limited capacity for fans of the sport to watch the action live on-site.
Previous winners of the All-Weather Championships have gone on to Global success since the first edition of the contest in 2014. The winners’ enclosure has included a host of elite horses, including Adaay, Decorated Knight, Grendisar, Jack Hobbs and Litigant, all of whom have now retired.