We have expert betting tips for the card this Saturday at Newcastle that features 10 quality betting races.
The Hunter is the big race on the card and we have our best value bets available for every race.
Newcastle horse racing tips
Race 1. (12:20) NZB Airfreight M Lees Classic (900m)
#9 – Uncorked @ $4 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Uncorked comes off an impressive trial win at Randwick and she could make a winning debut in a tough race.
The Waterhouse/Bott-trained daughter of Pierro is bred to be good, and we’re happy to see early betting support coming her way.
Watch for any late betting moves.
Race 2. (12:55) Te Akau NZ BM78 (1600m)
#2 – Ma and Pa @ $2.70 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Ma and Pa is gunning for his fifth consecutive win and we wouldn’t be betting against him.
The four-year-old gelding owns two wins at this distance and he lifted when being challenged by Pippali, and that run holds it in good stead.
$2.70 is a fair price, so we’re confident of his chances.
Race 3. (13:30) Tab Highway C3 Handicap (1300m)
#5 – Casino Kid @ $7 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Casino Kid is better for two runs back from a spell and he was only 2.8 lengths behind the winner last time out.
The four-year-old gelding owns three wins and seven placings from 18 starts, so the consistency is there and punters get value odds.
3kg comes off his back and that is ideal.
Race 4. (14:05) Sage Printing Midway BM72 (1600m)
#13 – Harvey’s Way @ $4.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Harvey’s Way has been well supported after winning at Newcastle last start, so having winning form on this track is ideal.
The three-year-old son of Adelaide scored by a half-length and he has yet to finish worse than third from two starts here.
Getting the inside barrier with only 53kg on his back should see him running close.
Race 5. (14:40) Alf Kneebone Trans-Tasman BM88 (1850m)
#3 – Mightybeel @ $3.70 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Mightybeel couldn’t make it three consecutive wins last start when running second behind Lord Ardmore, but he didn’t get much luck.
The son of Savabeel was too far off the pace and was left with a mammoth task. Getting James McDonald back in the saddle is a bonus.
We’re happy with the current odds, so put him on top.
Race 6. (15:20) Visit Karaka 2022 The Beauford (2300m)
#1 – Shared Ambition @ $4.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
We have been patiently waiting for Shared Ambition to return to his best form, but he should go close on Saturday.
The Chris Waller-trained gelding owns eight wins from 27 starts and he wasn’t far behind Think It Over last time out.
We expect that form to stack up nicely against this level of opposition.
Race 7. (16:00) NZ Bloodstock Spring Stakes (1600m)
#10 – Festival Dancer @ $4.20 – Bet @ Sportsbet
We’re not surprised by the money coming for Festival Dancer after winning her last three starts.
The Matthew Smith-trained filly hadn’t won from her first nine starts, but her confidence levels are high after scoring by 5.5 lengths at Goulburn last start.
This is easily her toughest test to date, but she looks like a progressive type.
Race 9. (17:20) PFD Food Services BM78 (1400m)
#11 – Norwegian Bliss @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Norwegian Bliss comes off three consecutive wins and the unbeaten mare could continue her winning ways.
The Nathan Doyle-trained four-year-old scored by a half-length at Canterbury, which followed a win at Newcastle by 3.8 lengths.
Carrying a light weight is ideal and we’re prepared to back her in.
Race 10. (18:00) Hunter Valley Prem Meats BM88 (1300m)
#6 – Gravina @ $3.30 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Gravina has yet to win this preparation after posting three placings, but he is close to getting it done for punters.
The James Cummings-trained son of Sebring ran a close third behind Quantico last start, who has since won during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
McDonald rides and that should give punters confidence.
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.