Tue, Jan 1, 4:55pm by Kevin Pitstock
Preview on Newcastle’s meeting for Wednesday January 2.
R1: Tooheys Handicap (900m)
On exposed form the first race of the day at Newcastle looks a contest between No 1. Knockabout, No 3. Audible and No 4. Canasta Queen, but of the newcomers, No’s 2, 6 and 7 all have good barrier trial form. Settling on the likely favourite here in the Bjorn Baker trained No 1. Knockabout who has form last campaign around stakes performers Ichihara and Narcissus. Syndicators Triple Crown Syndications have been having a good run of late and their Not A Single Doubt filly No 4. Canasta Queen seems the logical favourite. Putting the unraced No 6. Bold Embrace as a rough chance based on his barrier trial effort behind the recent impressive debutant winner Diamond Drille. Shaft galloper No 3. Audible has some good form and could sneak into a place is all goes his way.
R2: Coco Cola Handicap (900m)
Watch them scorch the turf here over the 900m trip here with the Paul Perry-trained speedster No 5. Cajun Waltz having a very good record at the track/distance and looking like the one to beat and one of the best best of the day. Although by a sire of noted stayers, No 1. Geemeup (NZ) looks like she will appreciate the drop back to the 900m after failing to run out a strong 1100m last start after a win over 900m two starts prior. Interesting runner could be the Gary Portelli-trained No 9. Bella Rossie a winner fresh last time in over 900m, while No 8. Beauty’s Choice also has a very good record over the trip, having won on three occasions.
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R3: Yellowglen Handicap (1200m)
This field of no metro wins for three-year-old fillies looks a tough one with the Gai Waterhouse-trained No 4. Dream Empress appearing the top selection. Having had three starts to date for a 1st-2nd-3rd finish, the Star Thoroughbred-owned galloper appears the one. Although drawing a wide barrier here as well as being a dual acceptor, the Chris Waller-trained No 5. Canasta Queen could be capble of troubling Dream Empress. After a good first-up effort the Craig Carmody galloper No 10. Fourtracks Four Kids could be a good each way bet after his encouraging fifth, while No 11. the aptly named Bethlehem could also be another at odds first up with apprentice Sam Clipperton in the saddle.
R4: Chevals Restaurant Maiden Plate (1600m)
A large field of maiden gallopers sees this race a lottery with the Clarry Conners-trained No 15. Memories Of Rose likely to want more ground, but second-up she could get away with it. Arugably one of the best bred runners on the card, the daughter of Flying Spur started first time out over 1500m and came home well for third. Competition could come from the Peter Snowden-trained No 13. Ellas, a last start second over 1500m and No 14. the Danehill Dancer filly Fanfara, a last start third over 1400m. The Patinack Farm-owned No 4. Greek Island can improve down in ground and looks a good blow out chance.
R5: Merran Wiggins Travel Managers Handicap (1400m)
Team Hawkes look a good chance of taking this race with the Emirates Park-owned No 4. Mashkoor, a first up third at Canterbury over 1100m. The step up in trip here should prove a positive, while the drop down in trip should also aid No 5. the Chris Waller-trained Senta D’Amor who has two wins and a second place from three starts at the trip. While having not won for a while, the Guy Walter-trained No 3. Exceed And Exalt races second up here after a barrier trial win over No Looking Back, who raced first-up on Tuesday for a victory in the Listed Carrington Stakes. The top two in the weights No 1. Sailor’s Farwell and No 2. Art Thou Ready, if they can cope with their imposts, could sneak into the places.
R6: Corona Beach Party Handicap (1200m)
With a 3kg claim for No 1. Colonel Light, the lightly raced seven-year-old should be able to keep up his very good recent form with victory here. While having never raced at the track, he does have two wins at the journey and comes off a recent barrier trial victory at Randwick. No 2. Watt Luck the winner of two of his last three starts may find the 1400m a little far, but should be able to get an easy run from barrier 3. The Warwick Farm-trained No 5. Dialtomood recorded a nice win last start and with the drop in weight here looks set to run another forward race. Darren Smith will saddle up last runner-up No 4. The Gallows who should be improved from recent racing and be capable of running into the money.
R7: Ascend Trophies Handicap (1600m)
The final event of the program appears another open race, with No 4, the Grant Allard-trained Triple Oh looking capable of improving on his last start second over 1550m to be a good each way chance here. Top weight and consistent galloper No 1. Color Purple can take the next step here after his last start third place at Rosehill over 1400m while Tim Martin’s last start debutante winner No 8. Mezzanotte is an interesting commodity. Off the back of five barrier trials, the son of Strada was produced first up and started well in the money, winning over 1300m at this track. No 6. L’Academie De Joie could improve on her half-length second at Goulburn last start over 1600m.
Best Bet: a bit of a toss up between R2. No 1. Cajun Waltz who has a great record at the trip and track and R6, No 1. Colonel Light if he can handle the weight he should prove very hard to beat.
Best On Breeding: R4, No 15. Memories Of Rose (Flying Spur x Zagalia, by Zabeel) – represents the Danehill x Zabeel cross, with the dam of this filly being a winner of the Group One Queensland Oaks. See if pedigree and price align at IASBet.com?
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