Sam Turner's Best Bets BlogDEANSGATE (Newcastle, 6.25) - has been a regular at this track in his career, registering two of his three lifetime successes at Newcastle.

The figures suggest today's course and distance are his optimum conditions as all four of his career-best performances have been recorded under these circumstances and his form figures read a very healthy 534454216213.

Deansgate wasn’t helped here last time by a very clever winner in Equiano Springs who dictated the pace, made all and basically scored unchallenged. Not beaten far, he stayed on well enough but now returns freshened up by a two-month break. He should be very competitive.

Deansgate 1pt win @ 5/1

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MELGATE MAGIC (Southwell, 2.40) - won snugly at the track last time in a figure above average on his Fibresand bow with first-time blinkers. It was an impressive victory by the selection, so he appears a fair bet to reproduce that level of performance off a revised mark which still appears reasonable despite a 9lb rise.

Melgate Magic 1pt win @ 15/8

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SPACE BANDIT (Southwell, 4.10) - responded well to an aggressive ride over a mile at today's venue in November and there have been valid reasons behind subsequent defeats.

Here he is tackling seven furlongs for the first time, but doesn't seem to lack pace and should make a bold bid for career win number two in the finale.

Space Bandit 2pt win @ 11/4

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