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Newcastle Betting Tips, Best Bets & Odds for February 18

  • Get our tips and best bets for the Newcastle Races in New South Wales
  • They host an eight race program on February 18
  • The track is currently in the Soft 6 range and there's a chance of rain on race day
  • Our preview for Thursday can be found below
Newcastle Tips for 18.02.2021
Newcastle hosts the NSW Provincial meeting on February 18. (Getty)
Alex Marsh 17 Feb 2021
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Get free Newcastle tips and betting selections for all key meetings from the Newcastle Races in New South Wales.

Our Newcastle best bets are provided by expert form analysts and tipsters, with free betting tips available right here.

Newcastle Tips February 18


Newcastle Next Best Bet - Race 2 No. 3 Hello Sunshine

Although wary that she was moved on after showing some promise in one preparation for Michael Moroney, this mare has found a very weak Provincial Maiden and her Victorian form should measure up here.

Sent out as favourite in her debut last year, she boxed on fairly for second but was no match for Scream Dream who was runner-up to a handy one in Rainbiel following that and Hello Sunshine was last seen on a heavy track where she was well held but still managed a second to a useful Jimenez (subsequently won two more).

The daughter of Jimmy Choux went to the line well for third in a recent trial and in a field with very little exposed form around most of her opposition, she's good enough to get away with this.


Newcastle Best Bet - Race 3 No. 1 Magic Ruler

While the two January trials were fine, they still left a bit in the tank for the return run at Kensington on February 2 where he's run into a smart debut winner and the runner-up Lady Of Luxury arguably should've won yesterday, so confident that stacks up at Provincial level.

Magic Ruler has strong form lines from his first preparation that started in a Hawkesbury Maiden where he was heavily supported but could only manage second to Mr Colorful (won a Benchmark 64 in December) but held-off Winds Of War (Provincial winner) in a Maiden that rated well for that July 2 program.

This colt was runner-up to Yardstick at start two and defeated Rule Of Law (dual winner) in the process, two genuine city class gallopers and had genuine excuses in his August flop (cardiac arrhythmia) but with the blinkers now going on second-up, I suspect he's ready to fire.


Newcastle Value Bet - Race 8 No. 5 Admit It

Although the beaten margin didn't necessarily reflect it, the second-up defeat was a poor showing on the January 23 card from Kembla Grange where he was a big drifter late in the betting ($2.35-$3.10) in what was technically a higher grade to this.

It is worth noting that jockey Andrew Gibbons (who stays aboard) suggested that this gelding is likely looking for some give in the track and he did let down powerfully first-up on a Soft 7, so it's worth forgiving that last effort and the tongue tie now goes on (possibly choked down?).

Admit It was outclassed in his last winter outing before being tipped out but was still second to Snowfire, who has won twice in town this campaign and he did have a good margin on McGeehan (city winner in January) in that same contest, so the form around him is good enough to figure here.

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Newcastle Races FAQs

Can I watch a live stream from Newcastle Races?

Yes, you can stream all of the action from Newcastle Races. 

You can find more information in our live streaming section.

How many meetings are held at the Newcastle racecourse?

Newcastle hosts around 25 meetings per year.

These are mainly provincial meetings with a few feature programs as well which includes the Group Three Newcastle Gold Cup which is scheduled for September 18 in 2020.

How do I bet at Newcastle?

To place a bet on the Newcastle races you'll need to be signed up with an online bookmaker. 

Generally corporate bookies provide betting markets a day or two prior to a provincial meeting at Newcastle.



Magic Ruler (Race 3) strips fitter from a return in handy Maiden and the blinkers go on for his most winnable assignment to date.

Hello Sunshine has trialled well ahead of a weak Race 2 and her Victorian form is strong enough.

Admit It was disappointing as favourite second-up but had some excuses and is a big price off prior efforts.

Best Bet: Magic Ruler To Win @150.00 at BetMGM - 6 Units
Next Best Bet: Hello Sunshine To Win @345.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 3 Units
Value Bet: Admit It Each Way @1300.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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