Sydney Specials: Newcastle - 14th November 2020

Can't wait for Newcastle tomorrow, we get a dry track and every horse should get their chance.

Trainers have certainly voted with their feet, we have capacity fields and hopefully plenty of value to be had.

THROUGH THE CRACKS winning the Polytrack Prov. C'ships Final
THROUGH THE CRACKS winning the Polytrack Prov. C'ships Final Picture: Bradley Photography

In the last event we see the Angela Davies trained Through The Cracks line up following his eye catching effort first up behind Hilo.

Originally nominated for The Hunter, he unfortunately didn't make the field, but this looks a decent consolation prize.

A winner of six of his 14 starts, he has improved with every preparation and has won two of three second up.

An impressive winner of the Provincial Championships Final last prep, he looks very well treated in this company and has clearly been set for this day.

Leading rider James McDonald legs back aboard (1/1) and he's drawn to park him wherever he sees fit.

Always hard to be too bullish with backmarkers, they do need a few things to go their way, however he looks to have these covered for talent.

He's never missed the money (5/5) when having 21 days between runs and should be better suited at 1300m.

When assessing Timeform weight adjusted ratings, he holds an edge off his first up run and with further improvement expected, he should prove hard to beat.

Have marked him 7/4 and happy to bet up at the early price.

Trainer MARK NEWNHAM and Jockey JOSH PARR
Trainer MARK NEWNHAM and Jockey JOSH PARR Picture: Steve Hart

The Mark Newnham trained Spirit Ridge won well in his Australian debut and looks hard to beat in his return on Saturday.

Formerly based in the UK, he brought over a solid foundation of form and love the fact Newnham tipped him straight out off his win at Randwick (K).

Given the four trials in the lead up he was not knocked around in his first, before ridden urgently early at his next two, before allowed to just coast to the line last Wednesday.

You get the feeling his latest was just a "tick-over" trial with Newnham happy with where he is at.

The wide draw may appear a hindrance on paper, but just expect him to slide over and settle outside likely leader Ulusaba.

He looks in good order and it is a big push with Newnham not electing to claim with Josh Parr booked.

No doubt he will be better over further this time in, but confident he can measure up in his return.

Simon Dinopoulos' Three Tips:

Race 5 #1 Spirit Ridge @ $6.50

Race 7 #1 Trumbull @ $5.50

Race 9 #9 Through The Cracks @ $4.00


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Simon Dinopoulos

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Sydney-born Simon Dinopoulos joined Racing and Sports' as a form analyst in 2012.

Under the tutelage of Gary Crispe and Adam Blencowe, Simon has quickly established himself as a respected member of the R&S ratings team, with a key focus on NSW, Western Australia and Singapore.

As a journalist he contributes stories for the R&S website, while also priding himself on being a part of the data management sector. Simon has helped establish and maintain Racing And Sports’ global database – the most comprehensive privately owned racing database in the world.

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