Newcastle tips: 12th January

After nailing the Place 6 twice last week, Steven Dowler returns to take on Tuesday’s Boosted £5,000 Place 6 at Newcastle. Check out his Newcastle tips and join his Syndicate.

Newcastle Betting Tips

15.25 – Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap – 1m4f

The very capable ALFRED HUTCHINSON is clearly well-handicapped in a race of this calibre and almost capitalised on a career-low mark over C&D last time out. He’s back up 1Ib to a mark of 68, but he’s often plied his trade at a much higher-level over track and trip, and holds rock-solid credentials on these terms.

LOPES DANCER has the welter-burden weight to carry but if you draw a line through his uncharacteristic tame display over two-miles on his penultimate start, he’d have an excellent chance. Being a three-time C&D winner, he’s 2Ib below his last winning mark despite his advancing years, therefore, a bold showing is entirely possible.


16.00 – Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap – 7f

I am mindful of the fact that this race in particular looks extremely competitive with a host of horses fancied, but I’m putting three up against the field.

Firstly, Kevin Ryan’s RATHBONE who has knocked on the door several times from this sort of mark, including over C&D twice this time last year. He has a nice-looking draw and is certainly well handicapped to win a race like this.

GUNMETAL is thrown in on old form and worth a chance to capitalise on his much-reduced mark. He has looked on good terms with himself at this track on his last three starts, particularly over C&D last time where he may well have won with a clear passage.

Ralph Beckett’s DIOCLES OF ROME left the strong impression that his turn is near when finishing second two starts back and justified that impression when producing a power-packed finish to score over C&D last month. He can be expected to go well again.


16.30 – Betway Handicap – 6f

It would take a leap of faith to be confident about FUTURISTIC winning this on his return to action. However, Marco Botti’s five-year-old looked promising back in 2019, winning two of his five starts and his handicap mark remains lenient. That could prove pivotal in the context of this contest and he looks hard to leave out.

Of the rest, MYTHMAKER has chalked up some fine runs in defeat the last two times and has to come into the equation. His form, generally, has been solid on this surface throughout his career and being on a near career-low mark, he’s definite shortlist material.


17.00 – Betway Conditions Stakes (All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) – 5f

A lot of these smart sprinters will be looking to book there ticket for the All-Weather Finals, including EXALTED ANGEL who had been in fine settle last year. With form figures of 1, 1, 2, 2, and 3 in his last five races, he earns the vote to come out on top.

The hat-trick seeking ROYAL BIRTH has an obvious chance with this race likely to be run to suit. This race demands more than his latest victory, but given the way he’s bounced back to his best the last twice, you couldn’t rule out another bold bid from the ten-year-old.


17.30 – Bombardier Conditions Stakes (All-Weather Championships Fast-Track Qualifier) – 1m

These sort of races invariably throw up a decent horse and the Simon Crisford-trained VINTAGER has leading claims. Officially the highest-rated horse in the line-up at 112, this six-year-old has arguably the strongest form in the book and looks poised to go close.

Meanwhile the improving William Haggas-trained UMMALNAR has developed an excellent winning strike-rate having won four of her seven starts. She was last seen slaughtering a good field in a Listed event at Dundalk and looks ready for the task ahead.


18.00 – Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Novice Stakes – 7f

An interesting Novice event with BRIGHT APPARITION setting the standard of those with experience. He hasn’t been seen for 200 days, so is likely to need this but his fourth behind Method and Fev Rover looks particularly strong. He’s worth an interest on our ticket.

Mark Johnson’s BAILEYS WARRIOR finished with a strong surge to be beaten only a head on debut and, with further improvement on the cards, she could go one better.


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