Newcastle Racecourse will today host one of the traditional Doncaster Mile lead-ups with a field full of Doncaster hopefuls to face off in the 2012 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap.
This year’s edition of the $125,000 Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) is set to feature 13 gallopers, following the early scratching of #4 Fast Clip, seven of which are also nominated for the 2012 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick next month.
One of the Sydney Autumn Carnival’s richest races, the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile Handicap (1600m) runs on April 21 with current bookmaker.com.au markets led by Australian Guineas – Randwick Guineas double winner Mosheen.
Of the seven Doncaster-bound chances in Wednesday’s Newcastle Newmarket Handicap, the shortest-priced in the futures markets is Roger James’ Kiwi raider He’s Remarkable.
Not seen since his loss upon protest in the Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ascot in November, the Pentire four-year-old is rated $41 to win the Doncaster.
He’s Remarkable is also the newly instated Newcastle Newmarket Handicap favourite and betting market mover in from $6 to $3.80 through bookmaker.com.au following the withdrawal of Fast Clip.
Corey Brown, aboard He’s Remarkable for their third in the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley last October, reunites with them on Wednesday.
“I’m really happy to get back on him,” Brown said.
“I rode him at his first start here in Australia but when I was suspended Kerrin (McEvoy) got the ride.”
Another Doncaster Mile nominee out to improve their claims for next month’s feature is the over-priced Straight Albert.
Drawn in barrier eight, into seven, the Guy Walter-trained Straight Albert is one of the Newcastle Newmarket Handicap roughies at a quote of $41 through bookmaker.com.au.
For the Doncaster they are listed but punters must contact the bookie for a price they are that far down the order of entry.
It is true they don’t have the best gate and that the distance is going to be a bit short for their liking, but the Magic Albert four-year-old surely has Place claims this afternoon.
They have won their last four straight starting with the Goulburn Cup (1600m) in November and most recently finishing with the Listed Gosford Cup (2100m) on January 21.
Going back to the 1400-metres will indeed be a test, but the last time they raced over the distance they finished a close third after being blocked for a run at Randwick in November, and jockey Kathy O’Hara is hopeful the horse will run well.
“The Newmarket may be a little short of his best but he is a good fresh horse,” she said.
“We are trying to get him into the Doncaster with a light weight.
“He probably needs to win to get in.”
Bottom line – consider Straight Albert for your Newcastle Newmarket Handicap exotics through bookmaker.com.au but scratch them from your Doncaster bets.
As for the upcoming Doncaster Mile, two previous Newcastle Newmarket Handicap winners went on to win the Doncaster with Patezza (2005) and Secret Savings (1997), the first of which was trained by Walter.
To get in on this afternoon’s Newcastle Newmarket Handicap betting action, and access the best futures markets on the upcoming autumn elite levels including the Doncaster Mile, visit our preferred online bookie bookmaker.com.au now!