Horse racing Lucky 15 – Monday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Monday, January 30, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

EMINENT POET (Plumpton 3.20) found 3m a little beyond his stamina last year when upped in the weights and when bidding for a hat-trick at Huntingdon. The six-year-old has strengthened up a bit and made a fair comeback after six month off when fourth of nine to Oscar Rock in a 2m4½f handicap hurdle at Market Rasen in November. Dropped 3lb since, Venetia Williams’ representative is given a second chance to get this 3m1f trip in a lesser grade and he would have a fair chance of defying top weight and beating five rivals.

REIVERS LAD (Ayr 1.50) is worth chancing on his seasonal debut, despite having his first run since April. Anything that the Nicky Richards-trained Alflora gelding did in bumpers was going to be a bonus as he is bred to be a jumper. So to win and be placed twice in three bumpers last year showed clear ability. He was keen on his second start at Carlisle but won convincingly, and was not beaten far by Gibbes Bay at Ayr on his last start. He is bred to do better when faced with obstacles and the yard has not be going badly, so it will be interesting to see how he fares in the seven-runner maiden hurdle on heavy ground, which he should handle.

BETTER GETALONG (Ayr 4.35) is one of three previous winners in the 2m bumper and while he meets Sam’s Adventure, whom he beat by a short head here last month, on 7lb worse terms, Nicky Richards’ runner may well be able to frank that form. The six-year-old had almost a year on the sidelines before making his comeback and while he took time to get into his stride, he showed a willing attitude to beat his race-fit rival who was seeking a hat-trick. He needs further than this 2m and is a nice jumping prospect, regardless of how he fares today.

VANTAGE POINT (Southwell 2.30) has been a beaten favourite on two of his last three starts for John Gosden and has a little bit to find given what we have seen from the three-year-old on the all-weather. He does not appear to have moved forward since a couple of runner-up efforts on turf at Newmarket and Bath in the autumn. Forcing tactics did not appear to suit him at Wolverhampton and with cheekpieces fitted at Newcastle, he was unable to find another gear in a 10f maiden won by Doctor Bartolo a couple of weeks ago. Back to 1m and with the headgear retained, he should at least be competitive.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 1.50 Reivers Lad (nb), 2.20 Cadeau De Bresil, 2.55 Simmply Sam, 3.30 Newtown Lad, 4.00 Nakadam, 4.35 Better Getalong

PLUMPTON: 1.40 Royal Hall, 2.10 Clonusker, 2.45 Jerrysback, 3.20 EMINENT POET (NAP), 3.50 Talk Of The South, 4.25 Great Link

SOUTHWELL: 1.30 Brigadoon, 2.00 Regarde Moi, 2.30 Vantage Point, 3.05 It Must Be Faith, 3.40 Arcanista, 4.15 Athassel

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Tuesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Tuesday, January 16, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

STARCHITECT (Ayr 2.20) is a 143-rated hurdler who has found the transition to chasing a little more taxing. In two starts in fair novice events, he has finished third to A Hare Breath at Bangor and in the same position behind Baron Alco in a better race at Plumpton over 2m1f. There is no question the David Pipe-trained six-year-old would prefer better ground and a longer trip than he gets here in the 1m7½f novices’ chase but this is a slight drop in class and most of his five rivals are equally inexperienced. He will be better when he goes handicapping, but he may well be worth siding with if he runs anywhere near his hurdle rating.

DE DOLLAR MAN (Ayr 1.15) hold a serious chance of following up his Uttoxeter success in the 2m4½f maiden hurdle for Evan Williams and jockey Paul Moloney. The Irish point-to-point winner who was purchased for £75,000, duly scored on his bumper debut, drawing well clear of a few moderate rivals in heavy ground last month. Visually, at least, he left the impression that he could be quite decent and would be better over obstacles in due course. He handles the ground and that may be key as he makes his hurdling debut.

CASPER KING (Exeter 3.50) has been runner-up in all but one of his seven starts in bumper and over hurdles for Philip Hobbs. While expensive to follow, he has been campaigned in some fair novice hurdles and has twice been touched off in his last three runs. Though he did nothing wrong when going down by half a length to Geordie Des Champs at Chepstow in October, he was left at the start at Taunton last time and could be considered a little unfortunate not to have broken his duck, as he finished a quarter of a length behind Volpone Jelois. He is worthy of respect as he takes on 12 rivals in the extended 2½m maiden hurdle.

MUNRO (Kempton Park 3.40) left his debut form well behind when bolting up in a 6f maiden, making all here in November. Ralph Beckett’s Kyllachy three-year-old was unable to adopt the same font-running tactics in a subsequent nursery at Lingfield last month, but found plenty for pressure to score narrowly off a mark of 79. He has a little to find with Sutter County, Visionary and Tomily on official ratings in the six-runner 6f conditions stakes, but Adam Kirby’s mount is improving and is among the least exposed.  He may represent a little value.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 1.15 De Dollar Man (nb), 1.45 Front At the Last, 2.20 STARCHITECT (NAP), 2.55 Mango Cap, 3.30 Beauboreen, 4.00 Pikarnia

EXETER: 1.00 Mansion, 1.30 Admiral Blake, 2.05 Heaven Scent, 2.40 Grand Gold, 3.15 Bindon Mill, 3.50 Casper King, 4.20 Coole Cody

KEMPTON PARK: 1.55 Daydream, 2.30 Altaira, 3.05 Dutch Art Dealer, 3.40 Munro, 4.10 Pendo, 4.40 Rianna Star, 5.10 Al Bin Nayef, 5.40 Aurora Gray

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Monday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Monday, January 15, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

TALK OF THE SOUTH (Plumpton 3.05) has been a largely consistent handicap hurdler, with his last win coming at this track off a mark of 102 last March. A string of runner-up efforts followed off higher marks and his 3l defeat by The Tourard Man at Warwick in May was a fine effort off of 115. He looked in need of the run when pulled up on his chasing debut on his return in a beginners’ chase at Fontwell in October and again when the same scenario happened at Uttoxeter in November in a handicap chase. However, Paul Henderson’s eight-year-old was only beaten a length on his final start at Warwick in early December By Brandon Hill and despite making a couple of novicey errors, he is getting better over the bigger obstacles and a mark of 115 is fair as he takes in six rivals in the extended 3m1½f handicap chase.

SPOILS OF WAR (Ayr 3.15) loves the mud and has been in decent form of late, finishing runner-up to Halcyon Days in a 1m7 ½ f handicap chase at Hexham in December, followed by a close-up third to Achill Road Boy in a 2m5½f handicap chase, staying on well. The Lucinda Russell-trained eight-year-old has shown fair improvement in all three starts over fences and given that he handled the trip last time, there is no reason to think he will not appreciate today’s extended 3m event, where he takes on 10 rivals in a competitive handicap chase off a fighting mark of 94. The ground will certainly be in his favour.

STEVE ROGERS (Wolverhampton 4.00) scored at Kempton last April over 2m but has not always found much in a battle. However, he has appeared to up his game in a couple of runs last year to warrant a second look in today’s 2m½f conditions stakes. There was plenty to like when runner-up to Intense Tango in a 12-runner all-weather Kempton handicap in November on his first start for three months. Latterly, the Roger Varian-trained six-year-old was a fair third to Winning Story at Newcastle last month and a similar level of form should put him in the mix at a reasonable price.

TRIPLE CHIEF (Plumpton 2.00) seems to like the West Sussex track, having scored on his first run here in February over hurdles last year and then when runner-up to Like Sully in a 2m1f novices’ handicap chase in March. His first two runs this season ere tame efforts, when beaten 20l over hurdles and 26 lengths in a novices’ handicap chase, both at Ludlow. However, Chris Down’s six-year-old looked back on is game at Wincanton last time and made steady progress to get within 3l of Guanciale in a handicap chase off a mark of 98. Back on a track he likes, with conditions in his favour, he should go well off the same mark in the 2m1f handicap chase.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 1.10 Fairlee Grey, 1.40 Whizzzey Rascal, 2.10 Lochnell, 2.45 Mango Cap, 3.15 Spoils Of War (nb), 3.50 Fearless Tunes

PLUMPTON: 1.25 Work, 2.00 Triple Chief, 2.35 Newsworthy, 3.05 TALK OF THE SOUTH (NAP), 3.40 Bob Mahler, 4.10 Royal Etiquette

WOLVERHAMPTON: 1.50 Gentleman Giles, 2.20 Draw Swords, 2.55 Dutch Uncle, 3.25 Pivotman, 4.00 Steve Rogers, 4.30 Alinstante, 5.00 Chandresh, 5.30 Topsoil

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Monday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Monday, January 2, 2017.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

COUNT MERIBEL (Plumpton 12.50) was put away after a couple of inauspicious runs in bumpers last spring but looked a different proposition when chasing home well-regarded The Mighty Don at Plumpton in November upon his return. He made his hurdling debut for Nigel Twiston-Davies at Towcester last month and despite losing a left-fore shoe, showed up well when a close-up third to Azzerti, who had an experience edge. That looked a decent maiden for the money and the five-year-old should be in the shake-up for today’s 12-runner novices’ hurdle over an extended 1m7½f.

BARON ALCO (Plumpton 1.20) looks the answer in a really decent 2m1f novices’ chase. The Gary Moore-trained six-year-old was rated 134 over hurdles and made a fair debut over fences when chasing home Marracudja and Presenting Arms at Cheltenham in October. He did not travel particularly well at Plumpton next time but when left in front in a 2m3½f novices’ chase, he scored by almost the length of the straight in what was little more than a schooling exercise. Up in class last month, he was beaten into second place by Whisper in a 2m5f event on ground that was softer than he would have liked. While today’s trip appears on the sharp side, he has familiarity with the eccentricities of this track and also more fencing experience than his four rivals.

NORTONTHORPELEGEND (Ayr 2.00) can complete a hat-trick of handicap chase wins for Rebecca Menzies and jockey Brian Hughes. The seven-year-old has been improving steadily since reverting to fences in April and has been placed in his last four starts, winning at Sedgefield and Catterick in November. Having had a 33-day break, this will likely be a step towards a tilt at the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick in 10 days’ time. Though up to a mark of 113 (he defied a penalty to win off 107 last time), he is a relatively unexposed staying chaser with time on his side and it would be no surprise to see him make it four wins from eight starts over fences in the extended 3m handicap chase.

CAPTAIN SCOOBY (Southwell 1.10) has won just four of 52 races on the all-weather and he is 0-14 at Southwell, which is hardly a glowing endorsement, yet three of those wins have come in his last seven runs on artificial surfaces. Having just turned 11 and having his 182nd run, he never found his stride over 5f at Lingfield on Saturday and is best judged on his win at Wolverhampton in mid-December, just a day after flopping at Newcastle. If he gets a decent pace at which to aim, the Richard Guest-trained veteran has a squeak at what is likely to be a decent price in division two of the 6f handicap.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 12.30 Pinch Of Ginger, 1.00 Plus Jamais, 1.30 Massini’s Lady, 2.00 Nortonthorpelegend, 2.30 Isaacstown Lad, 3.00 Asuncion, 3.30 Donna’s Delight

PLUMPTON: 12.50 COUNT MERIBEL (NAP), 1.20 Baron Alco (nb), 1.50 No Comment, 2.20 Snippetydoodah, 2.50 Mysteree, 3.20 John’s Luck, 3.50 Cottesloe

SOUTHWELL: 12.10 Canadian Diamond, 12.40 Arizona Snow, 1.10 Captain Scooby, 1.40 Richter Scale, 2.10 Ominotago, 2.40 Marshgate Lane, 3.10 War Department, 3.40 Mustn’t Grumble

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Monday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

After Sunday’s winning NAP, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Monday, December 19, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

BIG RIVER (Ayr 3.00) is attempting to make up for a little lost time. He won a bumper at Kelso in March 2015 and won on his seasonal debut last term, when scoring in a maiden hurdle, again at Kelso, last October. Having had a year on the sidelines, he made his handicap debut at the same track in October off a mark of 115, but did not have the pace to match Cool Baranca in a 2m hurdle. Tom Scudamore is booked to ride for the Lucinda Russell-trained six-year-old, who takes in five rivals in the extended 2m5f handicap hurdle and the step up in trip looks sure to suit. The fitting of a first-time tongue-tie may also be a plus.

GIBBES BAY (Hereford 1.05) cost 25,000 euros as a three-year-old and was then re-sold for £90,000 last December. The half-brother to French 2m1f chase winner Suite A Coeur landed an Ayr bumper in April on his debut, staying on well from a modest early pace in a race where there was plenty of dead wood. This big, scopey individual made his seasonal return at Haydock last month under a penalty and was quite well supported to follow up. However, he was out-paced in a slowly-run race and finished fourth of 11 to Claimantakinforgan. The Paul Nicholls-trained four-year-old makes his hurdling debut in an extended 2m5½f novices’ event, taking on previous winners Acting Lass and Some Invitation among a field of 11 rivals, and while it will be no picnic, the step up in trip should be a major benefit.

ROBBING THE PREY (Ayr 12.50) is a six-race maiden who may well get off the schneid in the 2m maiden hurdle. The Malcolm Jefferson-trained five-year-old looked an improver when making his return after a five-month break when fourth to Scotchtown in a 2m3½f novices’ hurdle at Wetherby in October. Back to a 2m trip at the same track last month, he travelled well and led between the last two flights, only to be collared close home. A repeat of that form would see him in the mix when it matters today and jockey Brian Hughes remains in cracking form.

PAPER FACES (Chelmsford City 4.50) also goes in seek of a first success when she lines up against eight rivals in a weak 1m6f handicap. The Roger Varian-trained three-year-old has been placed in her last two all-weather races – at Kempton (1m3f) and Wolverhampton (1m4f) – and was something of an unlucky loser last time when short-headed by Major Ben. She goes up in trip today, but the booking of champion jockey Jim Crowley, who signalled he is back to his best with a treble on Saturday, appears significant.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 12.50 Robbing The Prey, 1.20 Titian Boy, 1.55 The Bishop, 2.30 Mango Cap, 3.00 BIG RIVER (NAP), 3.30 Sam’s Adventure

CHELMSFORD CITY: 1.45 Marquee Club, 2.15 Kingofmerrows, 2.50 Cricklewood Green, 3.20 Rockley Point, 3.50 Frap, 4.20 Candesta, 4.50 Paper Faces

HEREFORD: 12.35 Pembroke House, 1.05 Gibbes Bay (nb), 1.35 Black Narcissus, 2.05 Chef D’oeuvre, 2.40 Stamp Your Feet, 3.10 Guanciale, 3.40 Cybelle Colombe

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Monday’s top selections

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Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Monday, December 5, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

SPANISH FLEET (Ayr 1.45) was rates as high as 133 over hurdles in the spring of 2015 but three runs last term were disappointing and his mark dropped to 120. A change of scenery may have helped rekindle his enthusiasm, as his two runs this term for George Bewley over fences have been relatively promising. He was a fair third to Tikkandemickey at Carlisle over 2m4f in October and followed that with a close-up fourth to Palm Grey over the same course and distance. He has had just three previous tries over fences and remains unexposed. The 2m2f handicap chase does not offer a great deal of depth, so he should go well under man-of the-moment Brian Hughes.

NICOLAS CHAUVIN (Ludlow 2.40) got off the mark over fences at the third time of asking at Huntingdon in May. He has had four subsequent attempts in relatively decent races and showed his liking for quicker ground when chasing home I’dliketheoption here over the same 2m trip that he tackles today. He was a little keen last time in his usual hood, and tended to jump out to the left but he is suited by the sharp track, if not the hold-up tactics employed last time. He tackles five rivals and should be in the mix when it matters again.

JONAGOLD (Ludlow 12.30) has been knocking on the door this autumn in novice and handicap hurdle company, and may be able to break his duck under Rules in the extended 1m7½f claiming hurdle. Runner-up at Uttoxeter, Newton Abbot and Fakenham in recent weeks, he was not beaten far by Taroum in a selling handicap hurdle last time, when sporting cheekpieces. However, heavy rain meant that he did not have his ideal conditions, and he should be more at home this time in what looks a very weak 10-runner affair.

PEACEFUL PASSAGE (Lingfield Park 11.50) may be worth a second glance in the 1m2f maiden, which kicks off an interesting eight-race card at Lingfield Park. The John Gosden-trained daughter of War Front was an easy-to-back sixth of 16 to Original Choice at Redcar (7f), despite showing promise. She clearly put that experience to good use when chasing home Time To Study at Chelmsford over 1m2f last time, and although she had the run of the race, she was a fair way clear of the third home. She stays at the same trip and as long as she can overcome a tricky draw in stall 12, should go well for Robert Havlin.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 12.10 Progress Drive, 12.40 Rinnagree Rosie, 1.15 Wicked Games, 1.45 SPANISH FLEET (NAP), 2.20 Titan Boy, 2.50 So Satisfied, 3.20 Fernan

LINGFIELD PARK: 11.50 Peaceful Passage, 12.20 Stormflower, 12.50 Kiribati, 1.25 Pulsating, 1.55 Beardwood, 2.30 Sandfrankskipsgo, 3.00 Hyland Heather, 3.30 Keep It Dark

LUDLOW: 12.30 Jonagold, 1.00 Midnight Folie, 1.35 Still Believing, 2.05 Late Night Lily, 2.40 Nicolas Chauvin (nb), 3.10 Double Court, 3.40 Our Belle Amie

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Wednesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will mark your card, providing a preview of the day’s racing and offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Having correctly selected five of the last seven NAP bets, take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

WORDSEARCH (Kempton Park 5.25) gets the tentative NAP vote on what looks like being a tricky day for punters. The Hugo Palmer-trained juvenile son of Pleasantly Perfect has had two starts; fifth on his 1m debut at Redcar and then showing improved form when a staying-on third of nine to Mojito in an average 1m maiden at Newcastle last month. This half-brother to a US 1m1f turf/dirt winner should be suited by all-weather surfaces and may well be able to get off the mark in what looks a modest 1m maiden.

PASSMORE (Exeter 3.40) was unsuccessful in four bumpers last season but the four-year-old filly seemed to have benefited from a summer in the fields, as she looked a much different proposition on her hurdling debut when finding only Tearsofclewbay too good for her in a 2m mares novices’ event at Worcester last month. She drew 11 lengths clear of the third and lost no caste in defeat to a useful mare. No doubt the Alan King-trained filly will come on a bit for that run and the step up to 2m2½f may also bring forth more improvement in today’s mares’ novices’ hurdle, where she will face nine opponents.

RED SQUARE REVIVAL (Ayr 1.10) represents the David Pipe yard and this one is not making the long trip form the Devon yard without meriting support. It is Pipe’s only runner on the card and the winner of a Worcester bumper on debut has a jumping pedigree, so should be ripe for his second start, making his hurdling bow over 2m4f. He won by a wide margin at Worcester, having made much of the running and connections stick with the hood.

RED RANNAGH (Kempton Park 7.25) has been beaten favourite on his last three runs and was left with plenty to do last time when a staying-on fourth to Marmajuke Bay in a slightly weaker 1m4f handicap. Though he has been a little frustrating, the addition of a first-time hood might wake him up and you can expect Jamie Spencer to be coming late and fast on the David Simcock-trained son of Teofilo, in what looks to be a very decent 1m3f handicap.

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OTHER SELECTIONS:

AYR: 1.10 Red Square Revival, 1.40 Ballyben, 2.15 Landmeafortune, 2.50 Marlee Massie, 3.20 Fred Le Macon, 3.55 Sunset Marquis

BANGOR-ON-DEE: 12.50 Kings Cross, 1.20 Stephanie Frances, 1.50 Goodtoknow, 2.25 Hubertus, 3.00 Tornado In Milan, 3.30 Tasty Ginger, 4.05 Lough Derg Leader

EXETER: 1.00 Bendomingo, 1.30 Mighty Leader, 2.00 Fact Of The Matter, 2.35 Drumlee Sunset, 3.10 Unison, 3.40 Passmore (nb), 4.15 Anchor Man

KEMPTON PARK: 4.25 Captain Scooby, 4.55 Dynamo Walt, 5.25 WORDSEARCH (NAP), 5.55 Aventus, 6.25 Hathiq, 6.55 Faydhan, 7.25 Red Rannagh, 7.55 Estibdaad

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