Horse Racing tips: An 11/2 play leads the way at Newcastle today

The Racing Post tipster fancies Melodic Charm in the 17:30.

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15:25 – Scots Sonnet

The unexposed Powerful Hero could take a step forward over this longer trip, while Toshack and Smart Boyo are others with fewer convictions than many. Vertice won here as recently as October but SCOTS SONNET returns to the Flat under suitable conditions and he might prove the answer.

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15:55 – One Punch Terri

The pair to appeal most are the 4yo fillies ONE PUNCH TERRI (nap) and Rose Of Lancashire. The selection is the least exposed runner in the field and did more than enough over 1m4f here last time to think she could win a similar event.

16:30 – Sparka

Cephalus is thriving and is very much respected in his bid for a four-timer, but SPARKA may have beaten him over C&D last time if she hadn’t had to wait for a clear run, and can turn the tables today.

17:00 – Balqaa

A revival from Zenzero isn’t out of the question, while Saulire Star made an encouraging start for this yard and the drop back in trip isn’t necessarily a negative. BALQAA flopped when last seen but her previous second at Redcar was very encouraging and a wind operation and cheekpieces could prompt some improvement.

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17:30 – Melodic Charm

John Quinn is likely to squeeze further progress from Miss Nay Never this year but whether she will be fully primed for her return from a break remains to be seen. Ornate is of obvious interest from a handicapping perspective, while most of the others have something to recommend them, notably Ballyare and Buniann. A strongly run 5f might be just what the free-going MELODIC CHARM wants though and she may be able to defy top weight.

18:00 – Firebomb

Unfinishedsympathy drops back in grade for her handicap debut and could go well but perhaps the durable FIREBOMB will be able to follow up his Southwell success last month. Antiphon fluffed his lines at Lingfield last time.

18:30 – Dion Baker

How Impressive may prove best of the newcomers but both Swinton and DION BAKER shaped well on debut and may fight this out. The selection only tied up late on slow ground at Doncaster on his debut and he can put that experience to good use today.

19:00 – Intervention

Things didn’t go in favour of INTERVENTION when he was narrowly denied a quick double on Saturday, and Mick Appleby’s recent recruit can return to winning ways today. Oriental Lilly has been running really well here of late and is second choice, ahead of Thaki who can build on his New Year’s Eve return to action.

Newcastle betting tips:

15:25 – Scots Sonnet
15:55 – One Punch Terri
16:30 – Sparka
17:00 – Balqaa
17:30 – Melodic Charm
18:00 – Firebomb
18:30 – Dion Baker
19:00 – Intervention

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

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