Our NAP and Next Best both won on Tuesday, so take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
THEATRE TERRITORY (Newbury 3.25) looked good in easily landing the odds in a mares’ maiden hurdle for Nicky Henderson at Uttoxeter in early December when returning from an eight-month break. She had previously won an Irish point-to-point and while she failed to score in three bumpers, they were high-class affairs and she was placed twice. He latest run was in a Listed mares’ novices’ hurdle at Taunton, where she was beaten around nine lengths by Coillte Lass, but she lost no caste in defeat as it looked hot form. Back down to a more realistic level for a six-runner 2m4½f novices’ event, she is expected to regain the winning thread.
DUTCH GOLDEN AGE (Lingfield Park 12.50) appears better at Kempton than he does anywhere else, but Gary Moore’s runner may be able to follow up his recent success at the Sunbury track off a 5lb higher mark. While it would represent a career best, the five-year-old is in good heart at present and has won twice and been placed in four runs since late October. There are not too many miles on the clock (just 15 runs) and if he is allowed to dominate like he did at Kempton, he may well find the necessary improvement in this competitive 13-runner 7f handicap.
FINAL CHOICE (Newbury 1.15) appears to hold a bright chance of making it three wins in four starts for Warren Greatrix, having scored by eight lengths in a 2m½f juvenile hurdle here in December. His jumping was slick and while he looked a sitting duck in front between the last two flights, he found plenty and finished off his race nicely. His trainer was half thinking about going for the Triumph Hurdle after his latest success, so if that plan is to hatch, he will probably have to win today’s 2m event. The issue could be a lack of pace with only five runners.
POET’S SOCIETY (Lingfield 3.05) landed a reasonably well-contested nursery at Chelmsford in September, getting a soft lead and keeping on for pressure. That was over 6f and he was subsequently held by Spin Doctor at Newcastle the following month off a career-high mark of 89. Having had 11 weeks off, he returned and finished second to Visionary in a 5f conditions race at Wolverhampton earlier this month, with stablemate Chupalla (who re-opposes today) held. While he would appear to be better over 6f than today’s 5f, he may well frank that form, although Mark Johnston’s other runner was having his first run since May and should be fitter.
NEWBURY: 1.15 Final Choice, 1.50 Shantou Rock, 2.20 Champagne At Tara, 2.55 Monbeg Gold, 3.25 THEATRE TERRITORY (NAP), 3.55 Bang On Frankie
MARKET RASEN: 1.00 Master Of Irony, 1.35 Brian Borahna, 2.10 Viking Mistress, 2.40 King’s Odyssey, 3.15 Attimo, 3.45 Movie Legend
LINGFIELD PARK: 12.50 Dutch Golden Age (nb), 1.25 Hathfa, 2.00 Darebin, 2.30 Thomas Blossom, 3.05 Poet’s Society, 3.35 Global Revival, 4.05 Encapsulated
KEMPTON PARK: 4.20 Frivolous Prince, 4.50 Henry Grace, 5.20 Persistence, 5.50 My Lady Marie, 6.20 Absolute Blast, 6.50 Pivotal Flame
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