Daily Racing Tips – Thursday, August 13

Newcastle: Race 3 (1:50pm)
No. 3 Pride Of Islington

Pride Of Islington faces a rise in class at Newcastle this afternoon, but she was a dominant winner at Hawkesbury last time out and can continue her progression through the grades.

The Ron Quinton-trained mare needed the run when she finished sixth on debut at Gosford, but her last effort suggested that she is a capable mare.

Fitter third-up, I think she’ll take plenty of beating.

Newcastle: Race 7 (4:15pm)
No. 3 Somnus

Somnus has returned some bold efforts this preparation and strikes another winnable contest at Newcastle this afternoon.

The Mark Newnham-trained gelding finished second at each of his first two starts back from a spell, winning in BM64 company here before stepping out in a tougher race at Canterbury last time out.

He looks to be at peak fitness for this race, he gets some relief in the weights and has options from the rails draw.

Ipswich: Race 8 (4:35pm)
No. 5 Jewel Of The Crown

Jewel Of The Crown will take winning form into the last race at Ipswich this afternoon and looks up to making it two in a row.

The Steve O’Dea-trained mare finished second at the Gold Coast when debuting in Queensland last month, filling the minors at Eagle Farm before breaking her maiden in style last time out.

This is harder, but she’ll have conditions to suit and can win again.

Newcastle: Race 8 (4:50pm)
No. 1 Exhibition

Exhibition has made just two appearances at the races so far, but he looks to be a colt of ability and can win again at Newcastle this afternoon.

The three-year-old son of Vancouver finished midfield in a maiden race here on debut, but clearly enjoyed good improvement when he stepped out at Randwick last time; taking up the running and holding on to score a lovely win.

He’s proven on rain-affected ground and I like that he’s had a trial in the lead up to this.