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    ANDREW O’ROURKE PREVIEWS NEWCASTLE SATURDAY NIGHT Race 1: Gate speed from No 2 Glitznglam should see her lead over the 2030m. A winner at... Newcastle Saturday night preview


    Race 1:

    Gate speed from No 2 Glitznglam should see her lead over the 2030m. A winner at the Riverina paceway in 1.55.5 over the 1740m three starts back should see her hard to beat if she finds the front. No 1 Jodie Podie will get the economical run behind the leader and will be hoping for a split at the top of the straight. No 5 Shez Got Bling, who was a last-start track and distance winner in 2.00.8 will be charging home late, and if the speed is on up front she could very well storm home over the top. No 10 Yesnomaybeso is another who will be hoping for plenty of speed up front, and will be flashing home late.

    TIPS: 2-1-5-10


    Race 2:

    With plenty of early speed predicted No 6 Portalegre should find a handy spot in running and prove hard to beat. Beaten first up over the mile in 1.56.6 when sitting outside the Leader, Portalegre then won next start over the longer journey of 2550m. I’m predicting Portalegre can turn the tables on No 5 Masons Delight and make it back-to-back wins. Masons Delight ran a huge race when winning last start in 1.56.6 at the track and distance; forced to work hard in the run he was still to classy for his rivals. He looks to be the main danger and will be hard to beat. No 4 Johnny White can look to settle in a handy position from the good draw and is an each way chance. No 2 Major Megs can look to run on late and is a place chance.

    TIPS: 6-5-4-2


    Race 3:

    No 1 Classy Trim has raced well in previous two starts and from the good gate will be hard to beat. The main danger will be No 3 Beautiful Stranger, who comes into this race through the Inter City Pace series which is always a strong form line. No 5 Caesareal has been racing well and is knocking on the door for a win. No 9 Martinson could be the party crasher late in the home straight and hit the front right on the line.

    TIPS: 1-3-5-9


    Race 4:

    No 1 Styx Vixen has drawn perfectly in alley one for the staying trip over 2550m, should sit behind the leader and looks the each-way bet of the night. No 2 Emm Aye Dee has been racing very consistently and comes through the Inter City Pace form line. No 5 Always A Secret did win at the track and distance in a time of 1.58.7 and if he can reproduce that performance will be hard to hold out. No 9 Glenn Ford and No 10 Rolling With Stell will be running home late and must be respected.

    TIPS: 1-2-5-9-10


    Race 5:

    No 4 Eclipse Stride looks well placed over the mile and can notch up career win No. 3. Drawn to get a nice run and with one of the best drivers in the business Michael Formosa taking the reins, he’s the one to beat. No 2 Justlikeroyalty is a promising three-year-old filly who looks to have a bright future. Justlikeroyalty possesses plenty of gate speed and she can choose to lead or take a trail and is the obvious danger. No 6 Can’t Explain It is racing better than what the form numbers suggest and is an each-way chance. No 1 Betawenimdancin can make use of the handy alley and be a place chance.

    Tips: 4-2-6-1


    Race 6:

    In a very open race No 1 Write About Her, looks like she will get every chance to register career win No. 3. The No 2 Heathbern Elimay lands her best draw in sometime and can certainly be a threat. No 3 Sunny Town and No 9 American Kestrel aren’t without a winning chance in an open race.

    TIPS: 1-2-3-9


    Race 7:

    The Clayton Harmey trained No 3 Major Mondo gets his chance to lead and win from the three alley. Only beaten 8.8m last start at the track and distance in a time of 2.00.6 he looks well placed to take the seventh event on the card out. No 9 Breezer Boy has been racing well of late and looks the main danger. No 1 Tiz A Magictime will be looking to take advantage of the nice draw and try and crack that elusive first win, as will No 2 Prima Donna.

    TIPS: 3-9-1-2


    Race 8:

    A race for the three-year-olds looks to be a solid race and one which could produce a few nice horses to follow in the future. No 3 Harms Lowana is first-up here since running fourth in August and looks like she will be hard to beat. Drawn to get a nice run she can sit on the pace and win. No 1 Miss Mach has run super last two starts and will be looking to go one better this week. Drawn to lead she is the main danger. No 2 Motu Sapphire from the powerful Callaghan stable is having career start No. 2 and a strong showing wouldn’t surprise. No 6 Watching You Dream will be running home late.

    TIPS: 3-1-2-6


    Race 9:

    The Clayton Harmey-trained mare No 1 Choisir Damour is third up from a spell and with the extra fitness under her belt is the one to beat. No 4 Miss Ciriello, a winner three starts back at Maitland, looks to be the main danger. Both are consistent performers, No 11 Allfourbeers and No 10 Ultra Bliss, can be running home strong late and a win from either wouldn’t surprise.

    TIPS: 1-4-11-10


    Best Bets:

    Race 5: Eclipse Stride

    Race 7: Major Mondo

    Best each-way: Race 4 Styx Vixen


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