Newcastle Stakes 2023 Race Details

Race 7 at Newcastle Racecourse on Friday the 3rd of March 2023.

The Newcastle Stakes, previously called the Newcastle Newmarket Handicap, is a Group 3 race held at Newcastle Racecourse and is run over 1400 metres. It is run under quality handicap conditions and is the feature race of the meeting. The total prize money is $200,000 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the Newcastle Stakes page.

Newcastle Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Fine Weather: Good

There are 12 runners for the $200,000 Newcastle Stakes, with 11 geldings and one mare. There are four 4YOS, one 5YO, three 6YOs, two 7YOs and two 8YOs. Five of the runners had their last start in the James Ruse Handicap over 1400m at Rosehill on 18 February while the rest all came through different races. Trainers Kris Lees and James Cummings both have 2 runners.

The early favourite is Cross Talk who came 2nd in the James Ruse. Second favourite is Pizarro who finished 0.5 length 2nd over 1300m at Randwick last start. Third favourite is Kiss Sum who resumed for 2.5 lengths 6th over 1100m at Rosehill. All other runners are currently $14 or longer.

Newcastle Stakes 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Gem Song (8)

Resumes after 15 weeks. Has won 2 of his 4 races at this track. Can be competitive.

2. Aramayo (11)

Returns from a let-up. Prefer others.

3. Cross Talk (3)

Came 2nd in the James Ruse beating several other runners here. One of the main hopes.

4. Looks Like Elvis (12)

Has drawn the outside barrier but goes well at this distance.

5. Superium (10)

Finished 3.2 lengths 5th in the James Ruse. Hasn’t placed in 2 runs at this track. Prefer others.

6. Lackeen (4)

Resumed for 6th in the James Ruse. Tens to need a run or two to show his best. Rough place chance.

7. Character (1)

Ran 7th in the James Ruse when fresh. Drawn barrier 1 and has won at the track before. Respect.

8. Cuban Royale (6)

Has won 3 from 5 this campaign and was 3rd in the James Ruse last start. One of the main chances.

9. Kiss Sum (5)

Resumed for 2.5 lengths 6th over 1100m at Rosehill. Ran 2nd at only previous start here. Place chance.

10. Bellatrix Black (2)

The only mare in the race. Finished strongly for 2.3 lengths 6th in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes when resuming from a long break. Not the worst.

11. Pizarro (9)

Finished 0.5 length 2nd over 1300m at Randwick last start. Has 3 wins and 7 places from 11 starts. Should go well.

12. Pandano (7)


Newcastle Stakes 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Bryce Parker’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
1 Gem Song 3 Cross Talk
3 Cross Talk 11 Pizarro
7 Character 8 Cuban Royale
10 Bellatrix Black 5 Superium

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Randwick Guineas 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 1 Canterbury Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1300m)

Group 2 Challenge Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1000m)

Group 2 Reisling Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 2 Todman Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 3 Aspiration Quality 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Listed Randwick City Stakes 2023 (Randwick 2000m)

Listed Fireball Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1100m)

Group1 Australian Guineas 2023 (Flemington 1600m)

Group 2 Blamey Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1000m)

Listed Furphy Trophy 2023 (Flemington 1000m)

Newcastle Stakes 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 3 Cross Talk
2nd 1 Gem Song 0.64 length
3rd 8 Cuban Royale 0.95 length
4th 12 Pandano 1.74 lengths

The track was rated as Good 4.

There were no scratchings.