Friday’s 13,883/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On December 31
Horse Racing Tips on Friday, December 31
There are three meetings spread across Britain on New Year’s Eve with the action coming from Lingfield, Warwick and Uttoxeter. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the New Year’s Eve cards, which make up our advised Friday Lucky 15.
Choctaw Brave (1.30 Uttoxeter)
At a healthy each-way price, it looks worth taking a chance on CHOCTAW BRAVE in the Steve Lawrence Northern Soul Memorial Handicap Chase.
This 7yo had a number of respectable Point to Point runs to his name earlier in his career, and he made a respectable debut over the large obstacles under rules when third of four at Newcastle earlier this month.
That run came in a 0-120 handicap, and Choctaw Brave now drops to 0-105 level, with regular pilot Harry Reed maintaining the partnership. He carries a nice racing weight compared to the majority at the top of the market and can put that to good advantage with a big run here.
Tap Tap Boom (2.05 Uttoxeter)
Grade 3 placed in France at his best, TAP TAP BOOM gets his favoured conditions here and looks a solid proposition in the In Memory Of David Thomas Handicap Hurdle.
His three runs since joining current connections have been well spaced out, with a recent Hereford third coming on his first start for over a year. That performance came at Class 2 level, so he drops in grade here, runs off 2lb lower, and has the assistance of talented conditional Jay Tidball in the saddle once again.
Still only a 7yo, there could still be improvement to come from Tap Tap Boom, and testing conditions should bring out the best in this proven mudlark.
Graces Order (2.37 Uttoxeter)
The Uttoxeter Tile And Bathroom Novices’ Handicap Chase looks a wide-open affair and it could pay to side with GRACES ORDER, who hasn’t been seen since bombing out at Perth in April.
Subsequent wind surgery suggests that there was a problem identified after that showing, so it could be worth putting a line through the run.
Prior to that Graces Order had shown a consistent level of form in three hurdles starts and was a bumper winner, but being a sister to the top-class chaser Chris’s Dream, this is where her future was always likely to lie. An opening mark of 107 looks workable and the booking of Aidan Coleman suggests that connections are confident of a good run.
Eros (2.45 Warwick)
Lingfield’s Poundland – Proud To Support Warwick Racecourse Handicap Chase can provide EROS with a first victory under rules at the tenth attempt.
This Diamond Boy gelding has looked much improved since switched to fences on return from a break, backing up a Ffos Las fifth when third at Bangor earlier this month.
He has somewhat kindly been dropped a pound for that run, and almost identical conditions to these (2m on heavy ground) saw Eros produce his career-best hurdles RPR. Trainer Kayley Woollacott is operating at a 21% strike-rate with her runners here at Warwick (+84.50 to level stakes) and Eros can enhance that with victory here.