Friday’s 1,224/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On May 20

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Horse Racing Tips on Wednesday, May 18

Our Lucky 15 best bets takes in just two meetings on Friday – Goodwood and Bath. Check out our selections below:


KAASIB (1.00, Goodwood)

KAASIB couldn’t be in better hands at this early stage of his career in Clive Cox – a dab hand with juvenile sprinters.

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Clive Cox can get Friday’s Lucky 15 off to a flyer with Kaasib

He won going away last time at Salisbury in some fashion, and with improvement on the horizon looks a really promising sort. He went five lengths clear that day with minimum fuss in the style of good horse.

This has very much the look of a two horse race with Godolphin’s Mischief Magic rating a danger on pedigree for William Buick. However, all-important racecourse experience could play a big part at a track like Goodwood, with all its quirks, and that tilts things very much in our favour.

Kaasib looks a standout of those with experience and could find out the hot-favourite on debut.


SECRET ARMY (1.35, Goodwood)

William Buick picks up the ride on SECRET ARMY, teaming up again with David Menusier who he has had plenty of success with in the past – including at this track.

Secret Army comes here off the back of a very solid 3rd at Chelmsford and looks the type to do much better going handicapping this year. Last time out he was beaten by Mountbatten in 2nd who showcased the form by winning cosily on his next start.

He’ll be ridden close to the pace here and avoid hard luck stories in running – so often the downfall at Goodwood – and rates a solid each way option.


CRYSTAL ESTRELLA (3.55, Goodwood)

Sir Michael Stoute knows the score when it comes to improving three-year-olds in May. It’s been a trait of his for many a year, and we’re hoping he can do just that with selection CRYSTAL ESTRELLA at Goodwood on Friday.

Legendary trainer Sir Michael Stoute knows how to bring improvement to his three-year-olds

This looks a really open renewal on paper. There are ifs and buts surrounding all of the field, but we can rely on Sir Michael Stoute to at least improve the selection who also holds major form claims.

Last time she came a solid fourth, with the winner of the Emily Upjohn demolishing the Musidora field at York last week majorly strengthening the form. That’s as good as anything here on paper.

Longer trips look sure to suite this filly and at early showings of 6/1 she rates a solid play here.


ROCHEBRUNE (4.40, Bath)

There was plenty to like about ROCHEBRUNE’s run last time out at this course – and he’s selected to make his presence felt and be right in the mix at the business end today.

What’s more, she gets to run off the same mark again on Friday and any improvement for that outing should see her at least go close.  George Baker’s charge has won in better company in the past, claiming a Class 5 last season so this race is well within her reach. This is her second attempt at the distance and should improve for that first experience.

His main rival looks to be Captain Kane who registered a good win last time and will give the selection lots to think about.