Newcastle Preview & Best Bets – Tuesday January 17

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Newcastle Tips 17/01/2023

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



Race 2:  No.1  FLYING ANNIE  ($3.60 with TAB)

The Maher & Eustace-trained FLYING ANNIE has found the podium eight time in her ten career-starts to date and second-up here looks the one to beat. Last start, the well-bred Flying Artie mare was fresh off a six-month break when she beat all but one home in a BM64 Hcp over 1000m at Gosford. Trying to lead all the way, she fought on strongly but her lack of condition gave out in the end and she was grabbed on the line by Latenighttoughguy who box-seated til he saw daylight in the final 50m of the race. She will strip fitter today and has Brock Ryan in charge. Dropping back to the 900m could also work in her favour, being a known front-runner. She will take catching here.



Race 4:  No.5  OAKFIELD PAPERBARK  ($12 with TAB)

Wyong galloper OAKFIELD PAPERBARK is three starts back and now looks ready to win. Last start, the Sebring mare beat all but one home in a 1350m Maiden Plate, here on the Beaumont track. Drawn much better today in gate two, she maps to settle closer to the speed here and Koby Jennings has the reins for the first time. Already placed twice in her three starts this time in, she should be nearing her peak now and everything looks in place for her to break through today.



Race 6:  No.3  CRIMSON ROCK  ($27 with Ladbrokes)

The Nathan Doyle-trained CRIMSON ROCK was clearly not himself here last start and gets his chance to make amends today at generous odds. The Scissor Kick gelding was second-up at Taree when he faced a Class 2 field over 1250m. With Georgina McDonnell aboard, he led on settling and travelled well to the turn where it all went pear-shaped from there as he dropped out of it and finished a distant last in the event. Ordered to trial by stewards, he went around in an Open trial at Gosford and finished second over the 900m. Ash Morgan has his second ride on the five-year-old today and trainer, Nathan Doyle, has put the blinkers back on for today’s contest. If he has overcome his last-start hiccups, he just might give this a real shake here and is well worth an each-way ticket.