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Tyrrenhian Sea

Tyrrhenian Sea travelled like the best horse through most of the race in the All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Stakes at Newcastle on Good Friday. He picked up well to hit the front at the furlong marker, which was probably when he traded at 1.03 in-running, but he weakened inside the final 150 yard, just getting run down by Living Legend close home.

Roger Varian’s horse has now won three of his five races but, if the ball had hopped his way, he could have won five of five. Winner of his first three races, all at Newcastle during the winter, he was unlucky on his previous run, in a 10-furlong handicap at Kempton, when he was denied a clear run and went down by a total of a half a length to Baldomero. He was well worth another go at 10 furlongs after that, but on the evidence of his latest Newcastle run, it may be that a drop back to a mile will suit him well. There is plenty of stamina in his pedigree but, a son of Middle Park Stakes winner Dark Angel, sire of Battaash and Harry Angel and Mecca’s Angel, it may be that a strongly-run mile will be his optimum. He has raced exclusively on all-weather, but there is no reason to think that he cannot be at least as effective on turf. He has run just five times in his life, and there could be much more to come.
Newcastle, 15th April 2022