Newcastle Breeders Challenge heat winner Captain Ritchie is the highest ranked two-year-old for the series heading into the semi-finals on October 15.
The Paul Fitzpatrick-trained gelding rated 1:57.1 to win his qualifier on September 30.
Captain Ritchie has pocketed $100,699 in stakes this debut season giving him the top position in the Breeders Challenge rankings.
Meanwhile, Major Delight is the highest-ranking two-year-old filly after winning her qualifier at Riverina Paceway last week.
Racing returns to Riverina Paceway and Newcastle today as well as Bathurst.
The iForm best bets for Friday:
Newcastle best bet
Race 6: Four Star Lincoln (4)
Could have their measure following a brave defeat here last.
Newcastle next best
Race 3: Ad Maiora (9)
Handy performance after a checkered passage last time and makes her presence felt.
Around the tracks
Wagga best bet
Race 8: Scared Stiff (2)
Impressive chasing down a smart one last time. Can go on with it here.
Bathurst best bet
Race 4: Mister Quirk (4)
Should find the front and from there is likely to be too classy.
Play the exotics
The Newcastle quaddie
Race 5: 2-9
Race 6: 4-7-3
Race 7: 3-10-8-5
Race 8: 4-2-1-5
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