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Australian Racing: Left Field looks right at Newcastle

There's plenty of racing action for punters to get stuck into on Thursday, including at Newcastle where an eight-race card is set to take place.

Race 6 Newcastle

Left Field @ 2.90

Race 5 Pakenham

Derozario @ 9.00

Race 4 Ipswich

Purezza @ 8.00

Newcastle conditions suit Left Field

The sixth race on the Newcastle card is a 1200m Class 1 handicap contest set to take place on a soft 5 surface.

Monte Kante scratched from an engagement at Hawkesbury on Tuesday to head to this contest and she is expected to jump as favourite under Tommy Berry.

The daughter of I Am Invincible was a $400,000 yearling purchase in 2022 and went some way to recouping that when breaking her maiden at Kembla Grange in December.

The three-year-old was making her second start when saluting on a heavy 10 track that day, having previously debuted with a third over 1100m at Canterbury earlier that month.

The filly has registered third-place finishes in both subsequent starts and has been freshened since contesting a Benchmark 72 handicap at Warwick Farm in January.

However, the Brad Widdup-trained LEFT FIELD is preferred on this occasion, with the filly another to have broken her maiden earlier this season.

That maiden success came by a length in a 1250m contest held on a good 4 track here in September.

The 2.90 pick went on to place in two of her three subsequent starts, most recently when a close-up third over 1400m in a Class 1 handicap at Kembla Grange in November.

The selection proved that she handles wet tracks when racing on a soft 7 track on that occasion and she arrives here on the back of two barrier trials.

Apprentice Zac Waddick’s mount is expected to have improved for those efforts and she is taken to resume with a win jumping from barrier eight.

Derozario ready to break maiden

At Pakenham the fifth race of the day is expected to see Spellmaster start favourite for a 1400m maiden plate.

A good 4 track is expected, with the New Zealand-bred gelding having registered placed top three efforts in three of his four starts to date.

Those efforts include a third when beaten just under one-and-a-half-lengths in a 1354m maiden held on a soft 5 surface at Donald at the end of August.

The quicker going expected here should prove no issue for the Trent Busuttin & Natalie young-trained three-year-old, who makes his first start since a gelding operation.

However, DEROZARIO is the selection on this occasion, making just her third career start and her first of this season.

The filly debuted with a sixth on a soft 7 surface when contesting a 1400m maiden at Pakenham in April last year.

Just eight ran in that Pakenham contest, but the 9.00 pick took a marked step forward when third over 1765m at Geelong at the end of June on her only subsequent start.

That Geelong contest was held on a heavy 8 track and tackling a sound surface for the first time the New Zealand-bred filly looks up to breaking her maiden racing first up.

Purezza primed for Ipswich success

The fourth race at Ipswich takes the eye with the 1200m Class 1 handicap attracting a field of 13.

Trainer Paul Wallace saddled a metro winner at Eagle Farm last weekend and he sends out PUREZZA in this event.

The filly ended her last prep with a narrow margin win in an 1100m maiden on a good 4 track at Toowoomba in September.

The 8.00 selection raced on the pace on that occasion and has placed at the same venue on all three starts this time around.

Those three starts include a good second in a similar race to this over 1200m on a good 4 track earlier this month.

The pick raced from mid-division that day and, with Mark Du Plessis booked to ride, she looks up to registering her second career win.

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