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Race-by-race preview and tips for Newcastle on Monday

How to play it: Cecilia to win Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 2 F & M MAIDEN HCP (1200m)

Same distance for the maiden fillies and mares. Liked the debut run of Gosford 3YO 2. Hasalake who worked home into a place behind a smart youngster. Tougher draw and up in weight, but she’s bred to get through wet ground and can improve enough. Was scratched from Port on Sunday to be saved for this.

Dangers: Wyong 3YO 3. Victorella steps up sharply in trip from a solid debut effort here when she was tardy to begin before working through to lead into the straight. Fitter and stable is going well. Debutant Warwick Farm 3YO 6. Rufina has shown plenty of speed at the trials but struggled to find the line, and this trip could be a trip too far.

How to play it: Hasalake to win and quinella 2 and 3 Odds and Evens: Split

Race 3 C, G & E MAIDEN HCP (1200m)

Now for the boys’ edition over the same journey, and talented Wyong 4YO 1. Ralph’s Folly can break through first-up off a smart trial win. Has shown plenty of ability right from his first trial win in April and went close in three runs last prep, at times without luck. Clear one to beat!

Dangers: Warwick Farm 3YO 11. Top Top Timing hasn’t been seen for more than six months and will likely go around at big odds. Draws to get cover back in the field, and recent trial suggests he’s come back stronger. Both Cessnock 5YO 2. Indian Dancer who resumes with no public trial. Wyong first starter 3. McNair is by noted wet track sire Sidestep and can be included in exotics.

How to play it: Ralph’s Folly to win and trifecta 1/2,3,11/2,3,11 Odds and Evens: Odds

Race 4 CESSNOCK CUP (1900m)

Feature race is surely the domain of progressive Rosehill 4YO 4. Unamerican who swept home to thrash a handy CL1 field here third-up. Drops sharply to a comparative luxury weight and handles soft ground.

Dangers: Doubt there are any, but Newcastle 6YO 1. Occupy can run the quinella. Was beaten under a length in a metro BM 78 and is drawn to get plenty of cover up in trip. Muswellbrook 6YO 5. Yuralla Boy won a BM 64 here two runs back before a solid effort in a strong metro BM 72, although drops back sharply in journey. Local mare 7. French Response draws well and will relish more ground after two plain efforts at BM 64 provincial level.

How to play it: Unamerican to win and quinella 1 and 4 Odds and Evens: Split

Race 5 MAIDEN HCP (1350m)

Much trickier assignment with plenty of chances. Like the decision to send Newcastle 3YO 4. Hooyah back to the trials after a solid closing run on debut at Tamworth. The second horse that day then bolted in in his maiden at Scone on Friday.

Dangers: Wyong 4YO 1. Our Cousin Al made up a stack of ground from a mile back on debut before a solid closing effort at Gunnedah. Yearning for more ground and can go close. Wyong 4YO 2. Excellency was well beaten first-up at Muswellbrook from a wide draw, but that was a very handy maiden, and the winner ran a record. Fitter and guaranteed a better run from the draw. Warwick Farm 3YO 8. Distinctive Glory hasn’t run a place yet in eight starts but generally been taking on much tougher metro and provincial opposition. Bred to be a real wet tracker and gets in well at the weights.

How to play it: Hooyah to win and box trifecta 1,2,4,8 Odds and Evens: Evens

Race 6 F & M BM 58 HCP (1350m)

Another open affair for the girls with not a lot of natural speed up front but plenty who like wet ground. Improving Newcastle 4YO 4. Leisa Louise is by Dundeel and the one on the rise. Worked home stylishly resuming at Port Macquarie and suited this trip second-up. Her debut win on heavy ground back in March remains a strong pointer.

Dangers: Wellington 6YO 1. Divine Jewel loves to settle back and finish hard so should relish this track. Has found the line well in deeper races of late and the wetter the better. Local 4YO 2. Hit The High Note did her best work late at huge odds in a strong CL1 at Gosford and is also at her best in rain-affected going. Wyong 5YO 3. Mosht Up is another one building a solid wet track record and will find this easier than her last few, although not convinced the inside gate helps. Include Warwick Farm 4YO 6. Latina Beauty who has shown improvement in two runs back from a spell and won third-up last prep in similar grade.

How to play it: Leisa Louise to win and trifecta 1,2,4/1,2,4/1,2,3,4,6 Odds and Evens: Split

Race 7 JUNGLE JUICE UP (1350m)

Now for the other headline race. Newcastle 5YO 7. General Soho is ready to win again after four progressive runs this prep. Just missed getting home late in a strong BM 84 at Tamworth before again working home from midfield in a metro BM 72. Drops 2.5kg from that run.

Dangers: Hawkesbury 5YO 10. Zouologist was only collared in the last few strides first-up in the Denman Cup at Muswellbrook and generally holds his second-up form. Well treated at the weights and only needs to get across from the wide draw to be in the finish. Age refuses to weary Newcastle 11YO 3. Got Unders who dropped back from metro grade to charge home in the Hastings at Port Macquarie. Natural back-marker who needs speed on but loves it wet. Progressive Newcastle 5YO 14. Super needs a scratching to get a run but produced a career best performance here last start sweeping home to destroy a BM 68 field by more than five lengths. Draws to get good cover but doesn’t want it too wet. Wyong 6YO 2. Oakfield Captain resumes off two trials, winning the latest at Gosford, and has won three from five first-up. Drawn to get a good run around midfield but is a big query on rain-affected ground.

How to play it: General Soho to win Odds and Evens: Split

Race 8 C, G & E BM 58 HCP (1350m)

The boys bring us home in a testing battle. Expecting promising 4YO Newcastle stallion 5. Berruti to hit back at his third start. Swept home to win a handy maiden on debut at Muswellbrook before flat next start but is a natural soft tracker and much better drawn outside horses.

Dangers: Warwick Farm 5YO 1. Sea Echo has to cart a big weight third-up and far from proven in wet ground but only missed narrowly at Kembla and is improving. Scone 4YO 8. Ficsmm Dave was impressive landing his maiden first-up at Gunnedah.

How to play it: Berruti to win Odds and Evens: Odds


Race 1: (3) CECILIA
Race 6: (4) LEISA LOUISE


Race 8: (5) BERRUTI

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