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Horse Racing betting tips: 7/1 Chichester ideally suited Newcastle test

It's All-Weather-Championship Finals Day on Good Friday, run at Newcastle for the second time and here Racing Post tipster Andrew Cooper runs through his best bets on the card.

1.15 Newcastle

Obelix @ 7/2
1pt win

3.35 Newcastle

Chichester @ 7/1
1pt win

4.45 Newcastle

Annaf @ 3/1
1pt win

Get animated about Obelix

There's a strong suspicion we've yet to see the best of Obelix and it was encouraging to see the Gosdens stick him in the Dante this week (they'd already entered him in the 2000 Guineas).

Having cost €300,000 at the breeze-ups, he bumped into a nice one, who had the benefit of experience, at Newmarket before again finding one too good at Yarmouth.

He effortlessly strode clear when upped to this trip here next time and, while the worth of that 1/4 win is hard to pinpoint, he couldn't have done much more.

It's highly likely the Sea The Stars colt has more to offer at a mile and he'll take some beating.

Arabian Storm boasts a similar profile to the selection in that he broke his maiden at the track, also at 1/4. He did the business more recently and could be absolutely anything. 

Chichester to shine in the North East

Just 8lb (on BHA marks) separates the six runners in the Mile but it looks a race to play in, because of Chichester.

He was punted off the boards when easily coming past his rivals here two runs ago and that firmly cemented the view that a mile on a galloping track is his thing.

Some will be disappointed he couldn't get the job done, having travelled up well and traded at 1.01, at Chelmsford subsequently but being reeled in and defeated by a neck over 2f further shouldn't be held against him.

I'd hope to see Kevin Stott looking on from the rear and picking the right part of the track to make his challenge. It would be a nice pot for Keith Dalgleish to pick up in what is set to be his final year training, for now at least.

Classy Berkshire Shadow, who landed the 2021 Coventry at Royal Ascot and returned from a gelding operation to bag a Listed race at Wolverhampton last month, looks the chief threat.

Always Annaf

I'd have Annaf a little shorter in the Sprint, which brings the curtain down on proceedings, and a 2023 four-timer could be achieved.

Mick Appleby's colt took his form to a new level on his reappearance and, while not achieving as much in Racing-Post-Rating terms, for wins two and three of the year, it would have been hard to under the circumstances.

Facing just four horses at Kempton then having to come from an unpromising position back at Lingfield, where he did well to win, wouldn't have seen him to best effect.

He arrives here fresher than all of his rivals and James Doyle, who gets the leg up on him for the first time, will have options from stall 6, a crucial factor on the straight course at Newcastle.

Dangers aplenty, I'll nominate Vadream, who is in receipt of a 5lb mares allowance, as the chief threat.

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