- Race Date: 12th November 2022
- Race Category: Group I
- Race Track: Newcastle Racecourse
- Race Distance: 1300m
- Prize Money: $1,000,000
After the exciting action at Rosehill and Randwick during the past few weeks, Sydney’s horse racing will move out to Newcastle in the coming week. On Saturday 12th November, Racing NSW will hold its relatively newer Group 1 features, The Hunter at the Newcastle Racecourse.
The quality handicap race is a high-stake race with a million dollar purse, making the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival one of the richest racing festivals in the country. The Hunter is also one of the richest races held outside Sydney’s major racing tracks.
The race has a distance of 1300m and is reserved for three-year-old and above runners. It was held for the first time in 2019, where Savatiano, the race favourite, was the winner.
The Hunter Betting Preview
Since The Hunter has only had three runs so far, it is challenging to infer a trend from the previous seasons and predict an outcome for betting odds for the upcoming race, here is our take on how to bet for the 2022 edition of the race.
During the previous race editions, we have seen a mix of local and visiting runners having middle-distance and sprint running experiences gracing the race line-up. Possible lead-up races include the Roman Consul Stakes, a 1200m Group 2 race held at Randwick, while some may be coming from The Kosciuszko.
For betting purposes, it is a good idea to look out for horses with a good track record earlier in the season. For instance, one good indicator is the Cameron Handicap, a 1500m Group 3 race held at Newcastle in September. Another good tip is to watch out for gallopers with good performance at similar distance races like the recently held Winners Stakes, a 1300m Group 1 race held at the Rosehill Racecourse. The 2021 winner Lost and Running had won second place at the Winner Stakes.
While the first race in 2019 was won by the race favourite, Savatiano, next year saw an upset as Sweet Deal was the winner with odds of $10. However, next year’s winner Lost and Running was the favourite for the race with odds of $2.50. Lost and Running is also in the line-up this year placed at $8, while the betting odds are led by Waihaha Falls at $1.75. Last year’s fourth place holder Kementari is also in the line-up.