Newcastle Preview & Best Bets – Thursday March 9

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Newcastle Tips 09/03/2023

Our form expert provides Newcastle tips for today’s horse racing at Newcastle Racecourse and gives his best bets.



Race 4:  No.5  STROMBUS  ($4 with Ladbrokes)

The John O’Shea-trained STROMBUS is second-up here and down in grade today, should prove hard to beat. Last start, the Territories gelding was fresh off a lengthy 22-break absence where he finished an eye-catching third in against BM72 company over 1250m at Canterbury. With Brenton Avdulla in charge that day, he drew gate 10 (of 11) and settled last before storming home to grab the minor prize. He ran that trip out, 4.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here by more than 5 lengths. He also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. Avdulla has the job again and fitter for that first-up run and already a winner at the track and trip, the four-year-old meets easier opposition today and looks the pick of the crop.



Race 6:  No.2  ALICIA ROMA  ($1.80 with Unibet)

Gosford galloper, ALICIA ROMA, has finished on the podium in all seven starts to date and ticks every box known to mankind here that indicates a victory here will not surprise. Last start, the Your Song mare brought up win number three when she easily accounted for her rivals in a BM68 Hcp, here over the 900m sprint. Covering the trip, 5.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up. She led from barrier to box, running the fastest final 200m sectional for the race to win by 1.5 lengths over the line. Andrew Gibbons was on board that day and has the reins again for this contest. Ideally drawn in gate four here, she maps to be leading them on settling again and should prove hard to run down here.



Race 2:  No.2  AMBASSADORS  ($3.60 with TAB)

Locally-trained by Nathan Doyle, AMBASSADORS is third-up today and looks ready to win. Last start, the Zoustar gelding found the podium when second-up off a 21-week break as he finished third (beaten half a length) in a 1300m Maiden at Wyong. That was his second start for the Doyle stable after transferring from the Team Snowden camp in January. Today he sees his new home track for the first time and has Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle for this assignment. He draws ideally in gate four and maps to settle just behind the speed here. With a trouble-free run here, he looks a genuine chance of breaking through today.