Friday’s 1,479/1 Lucky 15 – Our Best Bets in the UK on November 26

Newbury will play host to the Ladbrokes Trophy this weekendNewbury will play host to the Ladbrokes Trophy this weekend

Horse Racing Tips on Friday, November 26

The pick of Friday’s action comes from Newbury and Doncaster. For the former, it is the opening day of the Ladbrokes Trophy meeting and our editor has included three selections from the track within their 1,479/1 Lucky 15.


Fifty Ball (1:50 Newbury)

It was a solid debut by FIFTY BALL over fences. But for getting in too close to the last, he’d have put real pressure on the winner, Minella Trump, who just happens to have won his last seven races.

His jumping was generally very sound, however, and there’s an argument that two-and-a-half miles slightly stretched him too. Off the same mark of 135, though there are some very promising rivals here, he can put that chasing experience to good stead.

The last time he ran at Newbury, he was an excellent second in the Betfair Hurdle and despite having had a run, he will get weight from the chase debutants, Boothill and Mister Coffey, who are above him in the market. He has every chance of building on his last start and would go very close if he did.


Phoenix Way (2:25 Newbury)

Harry Fry still seems to be making his mind up about PHOENIX WAY’s best trip, as he has won over two and three miles in the past two years. Most recently, he attempted the intermediate journey of two-and-a-half miles when fourth in the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree.

He has since had wind surgery and it is perhaps prudent to be sticking to a middle distance trip for now. After all, his last run was very creditable and he easily finished ahead of Umbrigado off level weights and he will be receiving 2lbs from that rival in this race.

Ultimately, the big selling point is how well he goes fresh: his last two victories have come after 383 and 299 days off the track respectively. As such, this 232-day break is of no concern whatsoever and he remains extremely lightly-raced for an eight-year-old. His mark of 144 might not last long.

Harry Fry will hope Phoenix Way can continue his excellent record after a break

Harry Fry will hope Phoenix Way can continue his excellent record after a break


White Walker (2:50 Doncaster)

Due to winning in the space of the last week, WHITE WALKER is officially 6lbs well-in for this staying handicap hurdle and it is those races which he has begun to make his forte.

That recent win came at Catterick in cosy fashion and he remains on a mark of just 95 for the time being. The small gap between racing is not a concern either, as he has raced seven times since the middle of July and never been beaten more than 10 lengths, or finished outside of the first four. This is a horse who maintains his form very well.

This is a more competitive contest than the one he won last week but Tabitha Worsely takes off another 5lbs with her claim and that could prove invaluable. That will ensure he is racing with 20lbs fewer on his back than any of his opposition, who might just find they are up against a fighting fit horse in terrific form.


One For You (3:35 Newbury)

This three-part brother to the high-class chaser Monalee looks poised to strike after his recent comeback run over course and distance.

ONE FOR YOU was third in a race won by Stoney Mountain that day, who backed that up with a very respectable fourth in a Grade 3 handicap at Haydock at the weekend. One For You was beaten only a little over three lengths and remains upwardly mobile having won his two starts prior to that.

His breeding suggests anything at three miles and extra will be to his liking, so this big-field set up should ensure a decent pace for him to aim at. If he comes on for his seasonal opener it would be no surprise, while Philip Hobbs is becoming a master of staying hurdlers, with Thyme Hill and Sporting John also on his books.