Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Friday, January 13, 2017.
O O SEVEN (Huntingdon 3.20) made a good start to his chasing career when scoring with ease at Cheltenham, beating he useful Sizing Tennessee and Rock The Kasbah in November. The strapping son of Flemensfirth won over 3m as a hurdler and he was a fine second in a Grade 1 novice hurdle at Punchestown in April. So it was something of a surprise that he was a beaten third as an odds-on favourite for his second spin over fences at Doncaster last time. The Nicky Henderson-trained seven-year-old did not quite get home over that 3m trip and today’s 2m4f trip should be ideal, despite giving away upwards of 16lbs to his five rivals. Henderson was planning to run in the Grade 2 Dipper Chase at Cheltenham but withdrew him from that, although the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Festival meeting still the long-term plan.
POTTERS LADY JANE (Lingfield Park 3.00) won a bumper on her second start at Fakenham and was thought enough of to run in a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree in April. The Lucy Wadham-trained mare has since had a trio of runs in maidens on all-weather surfaces and has twice finished as a runner-up, both times at Chelmsford. Latterly, she ran a fair race behind Lord Topper in a 1m5f in October, when touched off by half a length. She has not run since, but goes well fresh and the Newmarket stable remains in fine fettle. This 1m4f fillies’ handicap won’t take a lot of winning, so she has a reasonable chance off a mark of 73.
SNOW SQUAW (Lingfield 2.30) goes in search of her first win after five unsuccessful attempts. David Elsworth’s runner was backed from 25/1 to 11/2 on her Newmarket debut in July, but was a no-show behind Hawana. She looked much straighter next time at Ascot but was beaten 2l by Kazimiera, who went on to finish runner-up in a Listed race at Newmarket in October. The nearest she came to success was when short-headed in a 7f AW Kempton fillies’ maiden in August but she has a bit to prove after two below-par efforts in her last two runs. She was understandably keen after a long break last time over 1m and Elsworth sends her sprinting now, as she takes on six rivals in a weak 5f maiden. She should hold a major chance.
FREE STONE HILL (Sedgefield 3.10) runs in his first handicap finishing third at Worcester and at this track when in November when well held by Prime Venture in a six-runner 2m1f novices’ hurdle. Dan Skelton trains the seven-year-old who runs off a hefty-looking mark of 112, given what he has so far achieved – six runs without success and not within 19 lengths of the winner in each of his last three outings). Still, the handicapper has seen something to think that he should be competitive in the extended 2m½f event, in which eight go to post. The assessors rarely get it wrong.
HUNTINGDON (precautionary inspection 8am): 1.20 Camron De Chaillac, 1.50 Calva D’honore, 2.20 Wait A Second, 2.50 Master Blueyes, 3.20 O O SEVEN (NAP), 3.50 Scorpio Queen
LINGFIELD PARK: 1.00 Tisbutadream, 1.30 Still Waiting, 2.00 Illegally Blonde, 2.30 Snow Squaw, 3.00 Potters Lady Jane (nb), 3.30 Caledonia Laird, 4.00 Temple Road
SEDGEFIELD (precautionary inspection 7am): 1.10 Spread Boy, 1.40 Testify, 2.10 Lochlash, 2.20 Cabragh, 3.10 Free Stone Hill, 3.40 Carlos Du Fruitier
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Harmonic Wave, 6.15 Cee Jay, 6.45 Pivot Bridge, 7.15 Oriental Relation, 7.45 Bamako Du Chatelet, 8.15 Things Happen, 8.45 Keane’s Point
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