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Newcastle top racing tip: Tathmeen lined up for overdue success at preferred venue

Our partners at Tipstrr have been crunching their numbers to share their most widely-tipped selection from Monday evening’s all-weather meeting at Newcastle.

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All the early signs point to a strong bid from Noble Captain, who landed two course-distance successes among his first five visits here since the turn of the year, and was not far off the pace when fourth of nine here 10 days ago.

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Last-time-out winner Absolute Dream is expected to provide the biggest challenge, although most of his recent experience is over a mile or more, and even that recent success here 15 days ago was over seven furlongs, so there has to be a question mark over this return to an even shorter trip. 

Marie’s Jewel and the Antony Brittain-trained Eldeyaar have the ability to have a say in proceedings, but attracting most attention within the Tipstrr camp is the second of Brittain’s runners, Tathmeen, who is a seven-time victor at this venue, albeit winless in 24 outings since a course-distance success here in February last year.

That’s not to say there haven’t been a few near misses along the way, the closest of which came four outings ago last month when he came within a head of the well-backed favourite Fantasy Navigator, just failing to get up after having been cramped for room down the stretch.

Suggested best bet: Tathmeen in the 20:00 at Newcastle

The seasoned nine-year-old was last seen in action here 10 days ago, when he finished a respectable fifth of nine, notably just half a length behind fourth-placed Noble Captain, who is the well-supported market leader here.

Most of the amateur jockeys in this line-up receive a weight allowance, so the five-pound claim of Kevin Skelton is perhaps less significant than the reputation he brings as the brother of professional trainer/jockey team Dan and Harry.

If they can get a decent break from their handy inside draw, then it would be no surprise to see Skelton Jr. and Tathmeen in the mix in the closing stages.


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