Fine conditions have been around Newcastle all week. Should be some fantastic racing in store!
Quaddie Races - 5, 6, 7, 8
Skinny Play: 2,4,7 – 5 – 2,8 – 1,10
Wide Play: 2,4,7 – 2,5,9 – 2,6,7,8 – 1,5,7,10
Race 1 11:45am MAIDEN HANDICAP 1200m
No 3 ENTERPRISE MOUNT
No 5 ALREADY FLYING
No 2 PRESENT SENSE
Race 2 12:19pm MAIDEN PLATE 1350m
No 4 REPUBLICAN
No 2 BELRIDGE
No 7 ABLE TOUCH
Race 3 12:54pm 3yo MAIDEN PLATE 1150m
No 5 PACIFIC REIGN
No 3 MULTITUDE
No 2 BLACK EYED PEA
Race 4 1:32pm MAIDEN PLATE 2200m
No 2 ROYAL REGGIE
No 4 HIGH JUSTICE
No 6 MY LADYBUG
Race 5 2:09pm BENCHMARK 63 HANDICAP 2200m
PARAGON has been a strong winner at his two most recent runs, the last of which came over 2600m at Gosford. At this level the drop back of 400m won’t make much of a difference, he is a horse who looks to have found his mark and has found a winnable race here.
BRILLIANT METEOR comes out of the same race as rightoncue last start at Kembla and the run wasn’t as bad as it reads on paper, it was a close up finish and he was right on the heels of the winner. Up to 2200 looks to suit. As does the engagement of Huet.
I’M TROUBLE looks to be best of the rest after an improved effort last start and getting up to the 2200m here.
SELECTIONS: No 7 RIGHTONCUE, No 4 Paragon, No 2 Brilliant Meteor, No 6 I’m Trouble
Race 6 2:49pm CLASS 1 HANDICAP 1150m
INVINCIBLE GEORGE should be unbeaten in his career; he didn’t get the best of rides at Tuncurry at the end of his last preparation. He has trailed well leading into this, and barrier 8 should suit him as he is a big gangly horse who does need room. He is better than a class 1 horse and we may see that here.
BUON NATALE resumes off no trial here and had solid form when with Godolphin. First up last preparation he was 3.6 lengths off Sir Bacchus. He has all gear removed here and looks as if it’s a fresh start for this gelding who is now under the care of Jason Dreamer.
CLEAR RIPPLES has been in quite good form this preparation without winning. She has had a trial between races here and it was quite solid. From an ideal gate she should be prominent.
SELECTIONS: No 5 LINDY LOU, No 9 Invincible George, No 2 Buon Natale, No 4 Clear Ripples
Race 7 3:29pm BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP 1200m
PETROSSIAN led them up and was just run down late first up. Down in grade and back to the 1200 suits as he should be much fitter. After the claim he is well in at the weights and he's the one they need to run down.
STOP SHORT did a good job winning at Hawkesbury. His form was better than it looked leading in and he deserved that win. Smart choice here to stay at the provincials gives him a chance to win yet another race.
TYPEFACE resumes without a trial here and at his most recent start was good behind Realise Potential. He is a winner at the track in the past and has won first up earlier in his career.
SELECTIONS: No 8 KOPITE, No 2 Petrossian, No 7 Stop Short, No 6 Typeface
Race 8 4:09pm CLASS 1 HANDICAP 1350m
DINKY DI DORA led all the way last start over the course and distance in a pretty slick time. He will be the one that they have to run down and with Hyeronimus on board, it only enhances his chances.
CANNON RUN was a good winner on debut at Hawkesbury, the 3kg claim is handy as he only has to carry 56kgs here and if he can take improvement from that debut run he will be hard to beat.
MOVING TARGET has trailed well leading into this. He was a winner at his most recent start over course and distance. The trial shows as if he has improved since then, and he can go on with it here.
SELECTIONS: No 1 TENORIO, No 10 Dinky Di Dora, No 5 Cannon Run, No 7 Moving Target