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Australian Racing: Super tip for Newcastle

There’s five meetings for punters to get involved in on Thursday with over $1,000,000 on offer in total at Warrnambool’s 10 race card.

Race 9 Warrnambool 

Not Usual Glorious @ 7.00

Race 7 Wagga 

Ang Pow @ 5.50

Race 3 Newcastle 

Super @ 3.60

Glorious to take Cup 

The feature Flat race at Warrnambool is the 2350m Listed Warrnambool Cup. A field of 19 has been declared for the contest with a heavy 10 track expected for the $300,000 contest. 

Top weight Mankayan is expected to prove popular with punters having acquitted himself well in Group company for the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace team in recent starts. 

The seven-year-old delivered a solid fourth when beaten by nearly three lengths in the 2100m Tobin Brothers Easter Cup, a Group 3 contest held at Sandown Lakeside April 8. 

Freshened since that effort and jockey Ben Melham has won on the son of Intello in the past, however he may find the concession of weight to all bar one of his rivals too much here. 

NOT USUAL GLORIOUS is preferred on this occasion with the selection having contested plenty of Cup races in the last 12 months. 

Those Cup starts include wins in the bet365 Apsley Cup at Casterton in June last year, the Benalla Gold Cup and when last in action in the Terang Cup. 

That most recent Cup triumph came by one-and-a-half-lengths over 2150m April 16 having previously finished third on the Onkaparinga Cup over the same trip eight days earlier. 

That Terang Cup triumph came on a heavy 10 surface and with similar underfoot conditions expected here the Travis Doudle-trained gelding looks up to completing a double.

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Ang to triumph at Wagga 

The most valuable race on the Wagga card comes up as the penultimate contest on an eight race card. A soft 6 track is expected at the New South Wales venue with the Wagga Town Plate set to be contested over 1200m. 

Front Page is likely to jump as favourite having contested races worth $1,000,000 or more on each of his last four starts. 

Those efforts include three Group 1 contests and while he faded late on in the Group 1 William Reid over this trip at Moonee Valley March 24 he did show up well for a long way. 

A wide barrier in 17 is a negative here however and it can pay dividends to side with the returning ANG POW who will jump from barrier four. 

Trained by Richard & Will Freedman the pick ended last year in good form winning twice including over 1400m on a good 4 track at Eagle Farm on his penultimate start. 

The four-year-old had previously registered a success in the 1350m Tie Newcastle Jungle Juice Cup on a soft 6 surface at Newcastle. 

The selection should have no issue with the heavy track here having placed on a heavy 10 surface when runner-up in a small field at Bathurst on his only previous outing on heavy. 

The son of Flying Artie has won first up in the past and coming into this on the back of a couple of barrier trials at Rosehill he is taken to deliver a victory under Jeff Penza.

Super for Newcastle success 

SUPER is expected to prove hard to beat in the third race at Newcastle. The race in question is a 1400m Benchmark 64 handicap contest with a good 4 track forecast. 

The seven-year-old has been a regular at this venue in 2023 making four of his five starts here including when taking out a 10 runner 1200m Benchmark 64 event on his penultimate start. 

That effort came in similar underfoot conditions to those forecast here, while he followed that up with a good fourth in a similar contest April 29. 

Georgia McDonnell’s mount makes a quick reappearance here and the Snitzel gelding is selected to deliver a seventh career success having gone well from wide barriers in the past.

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