Race 1 – Neuro Alliance Maiden Plate 1860m
Galifianakis has been placed in four Australian starts, all at Newcastle. His first up placing over 1400m here on August 6 suggested he is ready to win over the longer trip on Saturday.
Pavitra is bred for this trip and her last run was okay, while Parsonage Lane can improve.
Selections: 1- Galifianakis 9- Pavitra 8- Parsonage Lane
Race 2 – Newcastle Knights Class 1 Handicap 1600m
Martini Crusader defied a huge betting drift to bolt in on this track two weeks ago. He is a former Victorian who has had two starts in NSW. He was a close and eye catching second at Wyong first up before the Newcastle win. Promising apprentice Zac Lloyd has the mount again and he claims 1½kg.
Amarantz races well here and is the main threat while Pacheco has a place chance.
Selections: 1- Martini Crusader 2- Amarantz 3- Pacheco
Race 3 – Slattery Auctions & Valuations Maiden Plate 900m
Dashing Legend is a quality filly resuming after good Group form in the Autumn. She wasn’t far away in the Reisling and was beaten less than a length in a 2yo Maiden on the Kensington track on debut in February. She was very impressive in winning a recent trial.
Kin had a very quiet trial and Iknowastar is very quick.
Selections: 11- Dashing Legend 13- Kin 8- Iknowastar
Race 4- Seyon Virtual Reality Maiden Handicap 1400m
Absolute Star has no luck when fourth first up on this track on August 6. He was slowly away then trapped three deep with no cover, and the blinkers go on for Saturday.
Prize Draw came from well back when a close fourth on this track first up. Great Southernland can improve on his first up run.
Selections: 2- Absolute Star 4- Prize Draw 6- Great Southernland
Race 5 – Goodyear Newcastle F&M Benchmark 64 Handicap 1400m
Tycoon Hallie raced well without winning on this track last preparation. She made good ground from well back when beaten less then 2 lengths first up at Kembla recently. She races well fresh and needs the long straight to unwind.
Highly Ambitious was narrowly beaten on this track last start and Yasamine won well at Goulburn first up.
Selections: 8- Tycoon Hallie 6- Highly Ambitious 5- Yasamine
Race 6 – Eight Recruitment Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap 1250m
Ang Pow has outstanding country form, and he resumes here. Since moving to Rosehill, he has won two trials in good style.
Rocstar Boy bolted in here two starts back and he got a mile back last start at Kembla.
Annulus is chasing a hat trick.
Selections: 7- Ang Pow 6- Rocstar Boy 8- Annulus
Race 7 – Drayton Group Maiden Handicap 1250m
The unraced Grand Crusader looks smart, and he gets the nod in an open race. He was narrowly beaten by his talented stablemate Dashing Legend in a recent trial. He won’t be far off the lead and he will appreciate the big track.
Yankee Hussel looked good in a recent Wyong trial.
Avebury was a close second at Kembla at its only start.
Selections: 1- Grand Crusader 7- Yankee Hussel 8- Avebury
Race 8 – Tipp-Exc Civil CG&E Benchmark 64 Handicap 1400m
Endorsement is promising and he has a good record on this track. He came from well back when a first up winner here in February before finishing second here last start.
Rebel’s Edge has a chance at big odds while Capital Asset will run well.
Selections: 5- Endorsement 19- Rebel’s Edge 12- Capital Asset