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Newcastle Betting Tips, Best Bets & Odds for May 18

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  • Seven races feature on the May 18 meeting
  • The track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is out 3 metres
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Newcastle host the NSW Provincial meeting this Tuesday. (Getty)
Alex Marsh 17 May 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 May 18


Newcastle Value Bet - Race 5 No. 8 Tri Nations

This honest gelding was brave first-up over the 1300m at Newcastle, sustaining a wide run in a race that was set for for the off-pace runners, but he managed to box on well for second.

Given it was quite a tough hit out, that space between runs isn't all that surprising for Tri Nations who won in this grade back in December, a performance that followed a luckless second-up effort at Wyong when forced to endure a wide run from the rear.

The four-year-old only just missed in a close finish on that occasion with Trajection and Margee Bee, both subsequent city winners and he only needs to perform to that last second-up attempt to be in the mix here.


Newcastle Next Best Bet - Race 6 No. 9 Wicklow

On Australian debut is this Chris Waller-trained import, a galloper that was competitive in three outings over similar journeys in Europe and off two good trials, can break the Maiden first-up.

After working to the line under a good hold on April 27, Wicklow responded to riding via his latest heat at Rosehill, making ground from the rear in an eventual fourth-place finish at Rosehill on May 11 (fastest of three 1030m heats that morning).

With 10 winners in May at a strike rate of 22%, jockey Brenton Avdulla is in form and while he's drawn out on this gelding. the big Newcastle circuit should suit in what is a rather thin Maiden line-up. 


Newcastle Best Bet - Race 7 No. 1 Henschel

While he was no match for Blondeau third-up on Wyong Cup Day, this four-year-old did look a false favourite coming from a Provincial 68 to Saturday 78, but is back to the same track, trip and grade which saw him bolt in second-up.

What is also worth noting is that the overall time for that 1200m contest stacked up superbly for that Metropolitan program, a meeting that had five six-furlong sprints including a listed race and Henschel's 78 has gone significantly faster than the other four races.

The son of Smart Missile does appear to be much better suited on a Soft 6 or better with his Heavy 8 victory coming 14 months ago in a Dubbo Class 1 by a narrow margin, so his decent wet track record is perhaps a little misleading.

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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.



Henschel (Race 7) bolted in two starts back with a similar weight in the same grade he faces on Tuesday.

Wicklow has done enough at the trials to breakthrough in Race 6.

Tri Nations was brave fresh and from a good draw, is a strong each-way chance in Race 5.

Best Bet: Henschel To Win @130.00 at BetMGM - 5 Units
Next Best Bet: Wicklow To Win @275.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 3 Units
Value Bet: Tri Nations Each Way @700.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 2 Units

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