Newcastle Preview & Best Bets – Thursday March 30

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Newcastle Tips 30/03/2023

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



Race 5:  No.4  MAGADAN  ($3.60 with Palmerbet)

The Team Snowden-trained MAGADAN is in great touch since returning to work and the extra trip today looks ideal for him here. Last start, the Russian Revolution gelding came off a second-up Maiden win at Warwick Farm when he beat all but one home in a Class 1 over 1600m at Gosford. Caught too far back that day, he was wide and took the corner still last, but stormed home to grab the bridesmaid’s cheque, beaten just half a length on the line. He the trip just under half a length slower than benchmark, the best last-start effort here, and posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. Chad Schofield has been in the saddle for all three runs this preparation and sticks with him today. The additional 250m here should suit and with a good pace on up front, he should be finishing strongly again.



Race 6:  No.3  IN LOVE AND WAR  ($4.40 with Ladbrokes)

Warwick Farm galloper IN LOVE AND WAR has found his mojo and fourth-up here should play a major role in the outcome of this contest today. Last start, the Invader filly continued her progression on improvement when she broke through for her Maiden win on her home track over 1600m. With Reece Jones aboard, she covered he last 600m, 3 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. She also posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. Both podium finishes to date came on wet tracks and Jones remains in the saddle today. At her peak and ready to rock, she will take beating here.



Race 8:  No.4  HEADSTOCK  ($16 with bet365)

We end the day with one for the value-hunters as the Kembla Grange galloper HEADSTOCK takes his place here looking a worthy opponent at double-figure odds today. Last start, the Headwater gelding finally shook the maiden monkey off his back and broke through in a 1200m Maiden Plate at Moruya. Jay Ford had him box-seating from the outset and once clear, he finished too strongly for the leader and won that contest, going away from them. He closed on them quickly enough to record the fastest final 200m sectional that day. Ideally drawn in gate five today, he maps settle in the first half-dozen and has a new rider here with Mitchell Bell taking the reins for this assignment. He has fitness and form on his side here and looks well worth an each-way ticket today.