Atherton clearly needed the run when he resumed for seventh at Randwick, but he’ll take good improvement from the hit-out and rates as a winning chance in the second at Newcastle today. The three-year-old son of Written Tycoon has only had two career starts so far but has shown plenty of promise and can begin his rise through the grades today.
McCullum hasn’t been seen at the races since July, but he showed good ability during his short debut prep and can launch his new campaign in the best way possible at Newcastle this afternoon. The three-year-old son of Deep Field placed in each of his first two starts, both in metro company, and has had the benefit of a nice trial in the lead-up to this race.
There is no denying that Hoof Hustler has mixed his form this time, but he is rock-hard fit and does look up to a race of this quality. The Chris Waller-trained gelding faded late in tougher company at Randwick last time out but ran a nice place at Doomben at his prior start and a repeat of that effort would see him fighting out the finish of this. He looks a touch of overs at his current price ($13 at publish).
Former Snowden runner Munich will have his first start for Jason Attard at Newcastle this afternoon and looms as a live chance at a price ($8.50 at publish). The Snitzel gelding hasn’t quite lived up to the hype that followed his early career, but he boasts good fresh form and was a smart winner at Doomben when last first-up. He’s trialled well and can win this.