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GTS LAWNPRIDE AUSTRALIA CG&E MAIDEN HANDICAP Tips (Race 2)
Newcastle Best Bet - Race 2 No. 2 Yangtze Rapids
Remaining at the 1400m is the potential knock, however, from a low draw where James McDonald can take closer order, he can get away with this on class.
A son of the mighty Frankel and prepared by master trainer Chris Waller, Yangtze Rapids was excellent fresh when making ground against the pattern when resuming at Warwick Farm on September 2.
He produced a 33.52 last 600m on that occasion, which was clearly the fastest of that contest when coming from the rear and nearly nabbing Miravalle whilst the form has been franked from that with Jack The Lad winning on Wednesday.
With a shade more luck from an inside alley and finding what doesn't look to be the strongest of maidens, Yangtze Rapids looks well placed to breakthrough as the best bet at Newcastle.
MINDER CLOUD SERVICES HURRICANE HANDICAP Tips (Race 4)
Newcastle Value Bet - Race 4 No. 4 Akasaki
This seven-year-old hasn't won in 12 months since taking out this race last year although if anything, he does seem to be going better this time around and will carry 2.5kg less in his 2020 tilt.
After a freshen-up following a somewhat flat performance at Rosehill on July 25, Akasaki was no match for the very impressive Mr Mosaic on September 2 but was clearly the pick of the closers as runner-up with 6kg more than the speedy winner.
He's a proven short course performer having triumphed in both 900m attempts to date and his overall strike rate of 10 wins and 11 placings from 40 starts is well worth respecting in this line-up.
Gate one is probably not ideal, but looking to come from just off midfield under Koby Jennings, Akasaki is a leading contender in the Hurricane Handicap at an each-way price.
YARRAMAN PARK TIBBIE STAKES Tips (Race 7)
Newcastle Next Best Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Miss Siska
Now under the care of Matthew Smith is this mare by So You Think who has an excellent fresh record and has been very competitive at stakes level over her last few campaigns which includes a pair of group wins early in 2020.
Her worst first-up finish was a fourth-place effort over 1200m back in 2017 whilst the other five fresh attempts have netted three wins and two seconds which does include a victory over this seven-furlong journey.
As comfortably the most proven galloper in this Tibbie Stakes field, she's quite well weighted as she's only spotting 3kg to those with far inferior ratings and has trialled up well twice in readiness for her return.
Hugh Bowman takes the ride on Miss Siska this Friday who versus what looks quite an even line-up, does represent good value in the last on Newcastle Cup day 2020.