Newcastle Jockey Club 

Provincial Championships Qualifier - Saturday 09 March 2019

The Club:

Newcastle Racecourse is home of arguably the two leading Provincial trainers in NSW, Kris Lees & Paul Perry, both names synonymous with outstanding racehorses. 

Lees has had the monopoly over the Provincial Championships Series since its inception winning two of the four finals at Royal Randwick on Championship Day and eight qualifier heats. 

The Newcastle Provincial Qualifying Heat will be held on March 9 over the 1400 metre trip as the second of the qualifying heats for 2019. Traditionally it has been the last opportunity for horses to secure a start in the final race. The 1400 metre start at Newcastle has a beautiful run in of 450 metres to the first turn, giving a capacity field the opportunity to find a nice position before the run home.

This is the second day of the Newcastle Autumn Racing Carnival, with the Group 3 Suez Newcastle Newmarket held the prior day, March 8.

Another Newcastle Nobbys race will also feature on the Saturday race program, with prizemoney $5,000 above the standard Provincial purse.

To be eligible to race, horses need to have had at least four starts at Provincial and Country meetings in Australia within 12 months of the nomination date. Previous winners of this class include Invicta, Oakfield Missile, Our Winnie, Dawn Raid & Kotinos.