15 September 2017
Champion trainer Darren Weir will have his will have his first ever starter at Newcastle when he saddles up the in-form European import Pacodali in Fridays $175,000 Group 3 XXXX Gold Newcastle Cup (2300m).
The Newcastle Cup will highlight the eight-race program which includes four Group 3 events - the $150,000 Australian Bloodstock Cameron Handicap (1500m), the $150,000 Yarraman Park Tibbie Stakes (1400m) and the $150,000 NBN News NJC 3YO Spring Stakes (1600m).
Pacodali has won his last three starts at Flemington (2) and Moonee Valley.
He is a stout stayer and last start over the 2040m at Moonee Valley, the five-year-old came from near last to beat 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin.
Damian Lane rode the gelding at Moonee Valley and he has been booked for the Newcastle Cup mount. Wyong Cup Winner Destiny’s Kiss is in top form and has a great chance.
Local trainer Kris Lees yet to taste success in his hometown Cup and will run three stayers on Friday. They are Admiral Jello, Wahng Wah, and Doukhan. Admiral Jello is racing well in weaker company and he will carry five kilograms less than when placed at Randwick last start. The gelding has won over 2400m so the trip won’t be a problem and Corey Brown rides. Wahng Wah was gallant when runner up to Up N Rolling last start at Randwick and she is in fine form.
Doukhan finished more than four lengths behind Wahng Wah at Randwick and needs to improve sharply to figure in the race. Wyong Cup runner up Sayed should race well with his light weight and McEvoy aboard. Auvray was strong winning over 2400m last start at Randwick.
New Zealander Sound Proposition is the one to beat in the Cameron Handicap after two impressive Randwick wins during the winter
A Group 1 winner in his homeland, Sound Proposition is unbeaten since entering the Lees stable at Newcastle.
The Cameron rider Blake Shinn rode him in a solo track gallop on the Newcastle Course Proper between races recently and he flew.
Special Missile has won five on-the-trot and is an on pace runner with a light weight, barrier one and has Avdulla aboard. Kings Guard was runner up in the recent Hawksbury Rowley Mile and he beat a smart field at Rosehill two starts back.
The Godolphin galloper Spectroscope has a good first up record and he won the Doncaster Prelude in the Autumn.
A capacity field of Fillies and Mares will run in the Tibbie Stakes.
Invincible Gem is second up after a cracking second up third in the Tramway. She won the Group 2 Missile Stakes first up and last prep the filly won the Group 3 Newcastle Spring Stakes at Randwick. The filly was beaten a head in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas in March.
Imposing Lass has had two starts this prep and she is in top form. The mare was narrowly beaten in the Toy Show first up and she was a close second in the Wyong Mona Lisa last start.
Philosophy is a progressive mare with a great record and she is a good each way chance.
The boom Frankel colt Merovee returns to Newcastle to contest the Spring Stakes and he will be start favourite. He was most impressive in a first up Maiden win on the Beaumont track in August and the colt followed up with a cracking second at Randwick in good company.
Astoria has been placed in a couple of Group races and he is a
threat, while Hypnotist has won three from four and is place hope.
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