Expert tips: Newcastle - 21/03/24

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RACE 1 - SANBANO (8) sharp improvement at second run back when taken to the front for a gritty neck second over 1600m at this track on March 8. Well weighted today and a repeat of the latest will see her hard to hold out. OAKFIELD ECHIDNA (2) is close to his top now fourth-up after being anchored with the 59kg when a plugging fifth over 1600m here at the latest. In a leading yard and expected to race closer to the speed here. FRENCH DELIVERY (5) 14-start maiden who was strong through the line late when fourth over this track and trip on March 8. A repeat of the latest can see him take a hand in the finish. HELLBETTA (3) returned from a lengthy break with a plodding seventh over 1400m at Kembla Grange on March 15. Trained on the track and has claims.

RACE 2 - Group 3 placegetter FEARLESS (3) won't know himself back in this company after having no luck from the wide gate when an eye-catching sixth over 1200m in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on February 24. Well drawn today and should prove too sharp for these. INDECISIVE (4) resumed with a disappointing last to Storm Boy in the G2 Skyline Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on March 2. Will appreciate the sharp drop in grade and can take a hand in the finish. MEDIA WORLD (7) resumes for second prep after making ground late on debut when fifth over 1000m in the LR Merson Cooper Stakes at Caulfield three-and-a-half months ago. Fitted with a searching 1050m trial win and not to be underestimated from the inside gate. TOO SOON (9) resumes after failing to make an impression on debut when ninth to Espionage over 1000m in the G3 Breeders' Plate at Randwick on September 30. Since fitted with three trials and gets the blinkers added here. Expected to play a leading role.

RACE 3 - RATTLE AND HUM (3) former UK-trained import who made his Australian debut with an encouraging fifth over 1600m at Kembla Grange on February 29. Strips fitter now and will relish this trip and further. Claim helps again and will take plenty of stopping. BUSH GIRL (10) back in trip and a month between runs when a much better performance as favourite to finish third over 1600m at Kembla Grange on February 29. Expecting a similar performance today. ZENMASTER (4) back in easier company when a dismal 21 lens sixth over 1850m here on March 2. Handy on his day and the blinkers come off here. Gets map favours and worth another chance. LONG MEMORY (6) at her peak for this and sound effort when fourth over 1600m at Kembla Grange on February 29. Can take a hand in the finish.

RACE 4 - CALLISTEMON (5) smart filly who was unlucky not to shed her maiden status last time in. Will relish the good early tempo and gets in light with the 3kg claim. Placed in a recent 900m trial at Nowra on March 7 and look for her swooping late. QUEEN GEE EM (7) is back for second prep after a five-and-a-half-month spell. Dropped out quickly in the soft (6) going when ninth over 1000m at Canberra last October. Had plenty up the sleeve when a strong trial winner over 900m at Nowra on March 7. Looks primed for a first-up assault today. SUPER CAPONE (4) is a three-year-old filly by Super One from La Capone on debut from the Darren Treacy yard. Had two even trials last November and gets her chance with the claim from the inside gate. RUSSIAN ROSE (10) resumes after a break of five months and has placed first-up in the past. Best run for some time when a fast finishing second over 1400m at Bathurst on October 27. Has the figures to finish in the minor money.

RACE 5 - OUTISHKA (1) her best form is over this track and trip, and she will relish the drop in grade today. Showed speed from the wide gate when a tiring tenth over 1000m at Randwick in Highway company on March 2. The 3kg claim helps and go on the strong win two back here when assessing her chances. PARTY DOLL (9) is a consistent mare resuming from a lengthy break. Ran on late in a strong race when second over 1000m at Kembla Grange ten months ago. Fitted with two slick trials and in-form apprentice rides. Go close. PROCRASTINATOR (5) is racing well and saves his best for this track and trip. Went out hard and nailed late when third over 900m here in BM68 on March 2. Blinkers go on and will take catching. DEBUSSY (2) hard fit now and total forgive on the heavy (10) track when a struggling ninth over 1000m at Tuncurry on February 24. Go on the previous run here when assessing his prospects. Each-way.

RACE 6 - MONTE KATE (2) lightly raced filly with a stack of ability. Returns from a let-up after powering late when third over 1300m at Warwick Farm on January 26. Back sharply in grade and since fitted with a recent 900m trial at Nowra on March 7. Gets the right run and looks hard to hold out. LEFT FIELD (4) returns from a spell of four-and-a-half months and has good fresh figures. Improved sharply at second prep last time in and since fitted with two sharp trials. Gets in light with the claim and is sure to be strong late. SCHOLL DEEP (7) trained on the track and a win looks imminent after finishing a close-up third over 1300m here on March 2. A repeat of the latest will see her fight out the finish. ZAHDI (8) solid return after a four-month break when a close-up second over 1200m at Kembla Grange on March 5. Drawn to get the right run and looks to have genuine prospects.

RACE 7 - UNIQUE AMBITION (14) promising maiden filly resuming after failing to run on when tenth over 1600m in the G1 Flight Stakes at Randwick last September. Expected to have strengthened up over the break and since fitted with a recent 740m trial placing at Randwick on March 7. Blinkers come off and the trainer has a good record here. Will prove hard to hold out. I AM BREATHING (2) Ryan & Alexiou-trained three-year-old gelding by Delago Deluxe on debut. Scored a slick 5 len trial win over 1030m at Rosehill on March 1. Big market watch. PRIMO (1) resuming after showing ability in two runs at first prep. Returns without a trial and the winkers go on. Look for him powering late from the sticky gate. SIGLO DE ORO (8) looks ready to go today third-up after sitting on the speed for a tough third over 1200m at Kembla Grange on March 5. Well drawn again and stays in the mix.

RACE 8 - PIPISTRELLE (11) progressive filly who broke through at start four with a commanding win over 1300m here on March 2. Gets all the map favours today from the good draw and can win again. TAMAROA (4) was better placed over this track and trip after powering late with the 60kg when a close-up fifth over 1200m at Gosford on February 24. Expected to be swooping late. Go close. VENELOPE (5) comes off a 43-day let-up after resuming from a lengthy break when fourth over 1400m at Warwick Farm on February 7. This much easier and expected to figure prominently. EDITED BY (6) started favourite when shedding his maiden status at start six to score by a nose over 1400m here on March 8. Fitter now and can play a leading role.