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Horse Racing Tips of the Day – Tuesday January 2

Both of today's best bets are in action on the all-weather at Newcastle

Our racing expert marks your card for Tuesday's action.

The 5f conditions stakes looks very competitive but they’ve all got GRACIOUS JOHN to beat and David Evans’ bang in form five-year-old can complete his hat-trick following wins at Lingfield and Wolverhampton 11 days ago.

The son of Baltic King has long been a smart sprinter and has now won 10 of his 37 starts. He lost his form after being gelded back in May and it took him to October to recover from being deprived of his manhood, but he’s not looked back since with three wins from his last four starts and on that evidence he’s still improving.

He has nothing to fear from Doctor Sardonicus on their latest Wolverhampton running, while Intisaab’s victory at that track seven days ago came over 6f and the drop back to the minimum asks a serious question of him. The selection may have most to fear from Caspian Prince who can take some pegging back over 5f, although he does have a penalty to carry here and has to give Gracious John 5lb as a result.

SHAMSHON doesn’t win as often as he should given his raw ability, but he is used to running at a much higher level than the class 4 5f handicap he contests this afternoon and he can take advantage.

The Stuart Williams-trained seven-year-old has not won since scoring on the Newmarket July Course, when coming with his trademark late run to land the spoils, but recent efforts back on the all-weather suggest he is ready to strike again having been shown a little leniency by the handicapper.

At Lingfield two starts back, he was just a length and a half behind the winner Gracious John in fourth and he meets nothing of that calibre here, while he is able to run off the same mark. He didn’t appear to take to Wolverhampton last time when finishing stone last, albeit he was still only four lengths adrift of the winner at the line, and the return to this straight 5f should suit him much better.

With a few confirmed front runners in the race, Sean Levey should get a decent pace to aim him at and the stable is in good nick (last three runners have finished 112), if further encouragement for a bet was needed.

SELECTIONS

Newcastle 5.10, Gracious John @ 7/2 bet365
Newcastle 6.10, Shamshon @ 4/1 Betfair

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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