Feature racing returns to the Hunter on Friday, and a wide-open edition of the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup headlines the program.
John O’Shea’s Berdibek has found career-best form this time, winning both the Rowley Mile and Wyong Gold Cup, but he’ll need to go to another level to beat this talented field and add the Newcastle Gold Cup to his mantle.
Check out my 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Tips below.
- 3 Units E/W #2 Quick Thinker
- Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
Group 1 winner Quick Thinker tends to keep his best racing for Heavy tracks, and the Newcastle Gold Cup looks a lovely race for him.
The So You Think entire has been a great horse for the Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman stable throughout his career, winning last year’s ATC Derby most notably, but it is fair to say that he has mixed his form a little.
He needed the run when finishing at the tail of the field in the Rowley Mile when fresh, but he was only a length and a half behind Harpo Marx in the Premier’s Cup last time, and he will relish getting further out in trip on Friday.
He took a couple of preps to find his feet when arriving in Australia, but it’s fair to say that Berdibek is well and truly there now, and he rates as a key winning chance in the Newcastle Gold Cup.
The Dark Angel gelding flashed home in the Rowley Mile, and he hardly looked trouble in the Wyong Gold Cup.
He is at peak fitness, and while he is untested at this trip in Australia, he did race well over it in some decent European contests.
If he holds his form, he’ll be right in the finish again!
He hasn’t been altogether good to us punters this time, but Great House gets into the Newcastle Gold Cup extremely well under the conditions, and I am more than happy to have an each-way play.
Great House has been a largely consistent performer since arriving in Australia, and he did record a nice win in BM78 company at Rosehill Gardens most notably this time.
He’s rock-hard fit for this contest and with even luck, I think he can return a really cheeky effort.
Harpo Marx is another competitive chance in the Newcastle Gold Cup.
The Galileo gelding has won three of his last four starts, and his performance and win in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup last time was probably the best of his career so far.
He’s another who strikes this race in peak condition, and with even luck, he does look up to it.