We have identified a few good chances at Newcastle that will go very close and look ideally placed. Our best of the day will prove hard to beat and can make it successive victories.
Newcastle is racing on a Good 4 with the rail +11m Entire.
Pakenham is synthetic with the rail TRUE Entire circuit.
No5 DIAMOND STAR HALO
Sticking with DIAMOND STAR HALO to break through after being narrowly beaten on this track two starts ago. Is on the quick back-up having gone around at Randwick on Saturday and finishing a brave third to Ombudsman after leading. Has placed in six from nine starts and won’t find an easier race to break its maiden than the one it faces today. Clear top pick.
1st: No5 DIAMOND STAR HALO 2nd: No1 Hendo’s Magic; 3rd: No6 Whitney’s Star 4th: No2 Dress Rehearsal
No5 THOR’S THUNDER
THOR’S THUNDER is still a maiden after eight starts but has placed four times and looks ready to breakthrough for his much deserved victory here today. Narrowly beaten at Kembla last start when finding one a touch to good on the day. Looks ready to fire and will be in this for a long way.
1st: No5 THOR’S THUNDER 2nd: No2 Kingston Heath; 3rd: No9 Greenskeeper; 4th: No10 Miss Moana
*SCRATCHED* No5 AL PHEROZ
Lightly raced AL PHEROZ has placed at her two starts to date and looks ready to break through here today. Looked good when beaten by 2.4 lengths at Tamworth a fortnight back after getting shuffled to a midfield spot. Is sure to strip fitter here. Looks a serious chance.
1st: *SCRATCHED* No5 AL PHEROZ 2nd: No2 Resonare; 3rd: No7 Got the Tickets 4th: No1 Kenninghall
BELICHICK is racing in good form and looks well placed to make it successive victories here today. Settled near the rear before storming home to win by 2.3 lengths on this track a fortnight ago and can repeat that performance here today. Has a superb record over the track/distance and sure to be very competitive. Is yet to miss a place in three runs on the Synthetic. Main contender.
1st: No7 BELICHICK 2nd: No2 Strike Action; 3rd: No3 Maxey Campo 4th: No8 Lord Rum
No3 GAYATRI (BEST BET)
After winning on debut this Chris Waller-trained filly GAYATRI looks ready to make it successive victories to kick start her racing career. Proved just too good on debut when chasing hard from the rear of the field, winning by a short neck. Looks a serious chance and will be in this for a long way. Extra 200m shouldn’t be an issue. Top chance.
1st: No3 GAYATRI 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No1 McMahon; 3rd: No2 Mister Rossa 4th: No5 Hail The Hero