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A strong 15-horse field will contest the Group 3 2013 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) on Wednesday.
Heading the weights with 58kg is Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding Laser Hawk who will be having his second run of the autumn when he jumps from barrier seven.
Laser Hawk, who is coming back from a lengthy stint on the sidelines from injury, was eighth in the Apollo Stakes on a heavy track last month.
The four-year-old missed the spring but was a star performer last autumn, beating Ocean Park to win the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and running third in the Australian Derby.
Waterhouse’s other runner in the field is Under The Sun who has failed to fire in two starts this autumn.
Just behind Laser Hawk in the weights is Peter Moody’s Italian import Voila Ici who will carry 58.5kg.
In his first campaign under Moody in the spring, the grey entire ran second in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes and fourth in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes.
Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller has two runners in the field, with Triple Elegance ling up alongside Said Com.
Triple Elegance was last seen winning the Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast in January while Group 1 placegetter Said Com will need to bounce back from two disappointing runs to begin his autumn campaign.
Darley trainer Peter Snowden also has two Newcastle Newmarket contenders.
Bello will be chasing a second straight win while Raspberries will be out for another Group win in Newcastle after winning the Cameron Handicap in 2011.
Guy Walter’s gelding Jacquinot Bay will continue his road to the Doncaster Mile as he attempts to add a seventh win to his resume in what will be just his eighth career start.
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Newcastle Newmarket Handicap 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11x1313x8||LASER HAWK||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||7||59kg||108|
|2||343x62400x||VOILA ICI (IRE)||Peter G Moody||Joshua Parr||9||58.5kg||107|
|3||630x28901x||TRIPLE ELEGANCE||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||10||56.5kg||103|
|4||58x61671x0||ALL LEGAL||Kevin Moses||Glyn Schofield||1||55.5kg||101|
|5||881x4063x5||RASPBERRIES||Peter Snowden||Glen Boss||6||54kg||102|
|6||3132×35121||BELLO||Peter Snowden||Jason Collett||3||54kg||98|
|7||7x13620x44||SAID COM (NZ)||Chris Waller||Corey Brown||14||54kg||98|
|8||4384×87610||YOUTHFUL JACK||Ross Stitt||Robert Thompson||8||54kg||98|
|9||x869x1811x||MAHISARA||Paul Messara||Craig Williams||13||54kg||96|
|10||4212x010x6||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Ms Robyn Freeman-Key||4||54kg||94|
|11||17x857568x||MAULES CREEK||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||2||54kg||93|
|12||111x221x26||UNDER THE SUN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||12||54kg||86|
|13||111121×1||JACQUINOT BAY||Guy Walter||Blake Shinn||5||54kg||84|
|14||690×583244||BEREFT||David Atkins||Brenton Avdulla||15||54kg||80|
|15||57×5025795||KIRINATA||Paul Perry||Nathan Berry||11||54kg||79|
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