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 27, 2017.
ETTU (Newcastle 6.15) may finally get off the mark on her fifth start in the 6f maiden. With an official handicap mark of 73, she should be capable of beating her six rivals, four of whom are unraced and two others who have not yet shown the ability to match Jeremy Noseda’s representative. The ability is apparent, yet she has shown it over further trips and she drops back to 6f today, so that may put a few off. She has hardly been punter-friendly, with both champion jockey Jim Crowley and Jamie Spencer on board when she was odds-on for both all-weather starts. She did not get home over a mile last time at Lingfield and while we still feel an easy 7f would suit her best, this Tapeta track should suit over this trip.
PERCY STREET (Taunton 1.45) was a fair middle-distance handicapper on the Flat for Karl Burke and had a rating of 97 when finishing second to To Be Wild in a 1m4f handicap at Doncaster in October. He was bought for £160,000 thereafter, but the way he ran when fourth on is hurdling debut at Newbury to Final Choice on New Year’s Eve would suggest that he was something of an expensive purchase. It would not do well to write him off after one attempt, however, especially since he is in the hands of Nicky Henderson. He did not jump as well as the master trainer would have hoped and he has done plenty of schooling since, so he should be given another chance to prove he is much better than that, and as a four-year-old, he gets plenty of weight from his nine rivals in the 2m novices’ hurdle.
COLIN’S BROTHER (Huntingdon 2.00) arrives here in good form for the 2m3f handicap chase, having won two on the spin – and three out of four – for Nigel Twiston-Davies. The first of his trio of victories came over hurdles at Chepstow in March last year and he failed to stay over 3m at Ludlow in April. Back over fences for his seasonal return in November at Bangor, he was very well backed and duly landed the odds, despite making a couple of errors. Up 7lb for that win, he stayed on gamely after hitting a flat spot at Ludlow last time in a decent class 2 handicap over 2m. That was fair effort in that company, given that he probably wants a tad further. He drops in class today, but has been hiked another 7lb to a mark of 128. While victory in the extended 2m3½f would be another career-best, there is no doubt he is getting the hang of it in this sphere, not that he has learned to settle.
FASHION BUSINESS (Lingfield 2.40) should be able to land the odds in the 10f maiden for Roger Charlton with normal progress. The three-year-old Frankel gelding, who is out of a mare who won a Group 1 on dirt in the US, has had just the one run, a promising second to Blaze Of Glory in a 1m maiden here 13 days ago. He was not particularly well backed, given his pedigree, especially given that it did not look a particularly hot race. Still, the trainer’s debutants usually improve for a second run and the way he ran suggested he will appreciate today’s extra distance.
DONCASTER (inspection 7.30am): 1.25 Ghost River, 1.55 Henllan Harri, 2.25 Four Mile Beach, 2.55 Glengra, 3.25 Mount Mews, 3.55 Aux Ptits Soins, 4.25 Brio Conti
HUNTINGDON (inspection 8am): 12.30 London Prize, 1.00 Mixchievous, 1.30 Theo’s Charm, 2.00 Colin’s Brother, 2.30 Ron’s Dream, 3.00 Whataknight, 3.30 Awesome Rosie, 4.00 Or De Vassy
TUNTON: 1.15 Celestial Path, 1.45 Percy Street (nb), 2.15 Dropzone, 2.45 The Unit, 3.15 Aber Gambler, 3.45 Fraser Canyon, 4.15 Clic Work
LINGFIELD PARK: 1.10 No Not Again, 1.40 Dandy Flame, 2.10 Ryan The Giant, 2.40 Fashion Business, 3.10 Burauq, 3.40 Emenem, 4.10 Take Two
NEWCASTLE: 5.45 Custard The Dragon, 6.15 ETTU (NAP), 6.45 Fredricka, 7.15 Newmarket Warrior, 7.45 Oak Bluffs, 8.15 Sugar Town
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