Easter Classic verdict: Adrian thinks 10-1 shot can get the better of hot favourite 🔥

Withold wins the Northumberland Plate

‘There simply has to be more to come’

Tyrrhenian Sea looks likely to be very difficult to beat and deserves his place at the top of the market. This lightly raced four-year-old won his first three starts and improved with every run. He lost his unbeaten record at Kempton last time out in the most unfortunate of circumstances as he was boxed in for the entire race and never got a run.

The step up to this level should be well within his capabilities and he’s likely to go on to compete in lesser group races at the very least. There simply has to be more to come on just his fifth career start. – Liam Bramall


‘He got absolutely no run up the straight’

Tyrrhenian Sea was behind United Front at Kempton last time out but he got absolutely no run up the straight, barely getting a chance to come off the bridle, passing the post full of running in fourth, beaten just half a length in total. He had previously been unbeaten in three starts so he looks unfortunate to arrive at Newcastle not defending a perfect 4/4.

The sole four-year-old in the contest, he is open to far more progression than any of his rivals. This looks a weak renewal of the race compared to the Lingfield years and with a longer straight on which to find room, Roger Varian’s colt can get himself back on the winning trail. – Matt Newman


‘He ran a stormer in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta’

The two lads really fancy the favourite and he may well prove to be good enough but I am taking him on with Felix. Marco Botti won this race with Grendisar back in 2016 so knows what is required, and if Felix can recapture his best form, he should be extremely hard to beat at this level.

Third to Pyledriver in the Churchill Stakes at Lingfield last November and third in the Quebec Stakes subsequently, he ran a stormer in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta in Meydan when fifth behind Alfareeq in March. He was very disappointing at Lingfield latest but this straight track could bring out the best in him. – Adrian Wall


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