NEWCASTLE is back this Thursday and a great eight race card awaits.
We’ve taken a look over the entire meet and delivered our tips for the event. Let’s take a look at which runners we’re favouring.
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Race 1 – Class 1 (1880m)
Classic Thoughts looks like a ratings riser following a consistent campaign. The horse had placed two times, finished fourth and delivered a last-start win. This appears well within its grasp.
Race 1 tip: Classic Thoughts to win ($3.30 at William Hill)
Race 2 – Benchmark 72 (1600m)
Sacred Edge has been consistent this preparation, winning twice and placing once across four runs. We’re forgiving the last-start third at Kembla on February 10 given there was not a lot of luck in the run. A great gate and a low weight makes it hard to overlook.
Race 2 tip: Sacred Edge to win ($5 at Ladbrokes)
Race 3 – Maiden Plate (900m)
Sent From Above is a first-starter for the Mark Newnham stable and it presents as a strong winning hope on debut. The three-year-old filly won its trial on February 15 and it gets a great gate to make an impact.
Race 3 tip: Sent From Above to win ($2.30 at Sportsbet)
Race 4 – Maiden Handicap (1200m)
My Zebrinka drew well to make an impact here after a strong first-up run. The horse resumed to finish within half a length of the winner as a huge outsider and it should improve with race fitness on its side.
Race 4 tip: My Zebrinka to win ($4.60 at Sportsbet)
Race 5 – Class 2 (1400m)
Swaffham Bulbeck is having its second run back following a winning return at Randwick on February 7 and it presents and an excellent winning hope. The horse looks a strong improver that can progress through the grades quickly.
Race 5 tip: Swaffham Bulbeck to win ($2.65 at William Hill)
Race 6 – Maiden Handicap (1400m)
First-starter Sondelon draws perfectly to deliver on its well-bred bloodlines. The Waterhouse and Bott runner has trailed nicely to record back-to-back wins and it gets a great race to win on debut.
Race 6 tip: Sondelon to win ($4.60 at William Hill)
Race 7 – Benchmark 62 (1200m)
Jack’s Bar has been great this preparation, winning back-to-back events. Second-up the three-year-old smashed the field, winning by three and a half lengths at BM55 level. This appears well within the gelding’s grasp.
Race 7 tip: Jack’s Bar to win ($3 at Crownbet)
Race 8 – Maiden (1500m)
Delfuego returned in good shape at Kembla on February 6, finishing fourth first-up in a competitive field. This will be the first time the horse has raced second-up in the past, so racing fitness should be on its side.
Race 8 tip: Delfuego to win ($4.80 at Sportsbet)