Newcastle Tips December 1
- Our best bets for each Newcastle meeting.
Race 1 - 1:15PM GARY HARLEY HANDICAP - BM 64 HCAP (2330 METRES)
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A small field of six here where just about any of them could take the glory, but I am running with the Todd Howlett-trained YURALLA BOY to get the job done. Two starts back, the Dreamscape gelding finished second behind Unamerican in the Cessnock Cup, here over 1900m. Then last start, he stepped up sharply in grade and took on the big boys at Rosehill where he lined up in a BM78 over 2400m on a Heavy 8 that day. Clearly outclassed, he weakened to finish unplaced that day in unfavourable conditions. Despite winning one of five in heavy going, his resume shows that he performs much better on top of the ground. He drops back in grade here and returns to provincial racing and after the claim by Dylan Gibbons, he comes in nicely at the weights with just 55kgs. Unbeaten at the track and trip, he has drawn the fence today and enjoying a gun run, he should be there at the finish.
Race 7 - 4:50PM PAUL PERRY CONDITIONAL BENCHMARK 68 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
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Former jockey, now trainer, Tracey Bartley saddles-up SAPPHIRES SON here who has shown nothing but consistency this preparation, finishing top-two in his past five starts. After winning a BM58 at Scone three starts back, he stepped up to Class 2 company at the same track and finished a gallant second, grabbed on the line that day over the mile trip. Then last start, he lined up here for his first look at the Newcastle track (and first time over the 1870m trip) with Aaron Bullock in the saddle. He carried 1kg over his designated weight that day which may have cost him victory, as he finished second (beaten a long neck) on the line. He still managed to run his final 600m, five lengths better than benchmark that day. Since then he has enjoyed an eight-week let-up, so comes here today on relatively fresh legs. Mitchell Bell has ridden him to both his career victories and returns to the saddle today. He looks a solid winning chance here.
Race 8 - 5:30PM ROBERT THOMPSON CUP - BENCHMARK 64 HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Best Bet 🏆No. 4 PAQUIRRI $3.50 Bet Now!
The Gary Moore-trained PAQUIRRI lines up here, down in grade and looking the best of the day. The city-class galloper has been locking horns with BM72 company in his past four starts (winning at Canterbury over 1100m four starts back). Two starts back, Brenton Avdulla steered him into third place at Randwick (Kensington track) over 1000m where he travelled wide most of the way. Then last start, he was tightened for room in the run home when taking on BM72 company again over 1200m at Canterbury. He finished fourth that night but should have at least finished closer. Moore has put the winkers back on today and Louise Day gets her first ride on the I Am Invincible gelding. Drawn ideally in gate two, he gets the gun run again and should prove too good for them today.
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