Friday’s Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On January 14
Horse Racing Tips on Friday, January 14
There are four meetings spread across Britain on Friday, January 14th with the action coming from Huntingdon, Lingfield, Sedgefield and Wolverhampton. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Friday Lucky 15.
Rubytwo (13.20 Sedgefield)
Nicky Richards will be pleased with the recent return to form of RUBYTWO who looks to have found a decent opportunity to return to winning ways after finishing second and third on her latest two starts.
The ten-year-old mare was runner-up on her penultimate outing at Sedgefield in Class 4 company. The pair were nicely clear of the remainder on that occasion and the form looks solid considering the winner that day, Cailin Dearg, has gone in again since off a 6lb higher mark.
Rubytwo was again unlucky on her latest start when bumping into stablemate Headscarf Lil who was winning for the second time in three starts for connections. Although she is an infrequent winner, the mare drops into Class 5 company for only the fourth time in her career over hurdles and if replicating her course and distance second from two starts ago, she should be able to return to winning ways.
Fere D’armes (13.30 Huntingdon)
There was a lot to like about the first start under rules from FERE D’ARMES when chasing home the progressive Balco Coastal of Nicky Henderson’s at Ludlow on the first start for trainer Dan Skelton.
The five-year-old had shown promise in three point-to-point runs including when finishing second when last seen in that sphere at Oldcastle. There was sustained and strong support for Dan Skelton’s new recruit on first start over hurdles and despite finishing second, Fere D’armes still finished miles clear of the remainder that day and looks a winner waiting to happen with improvement forthcoming.
The King Of May (14.20 Sedgefield)
This looks like a competitive contest with three last time out winners set to lineup including Galileo Silver who has registered two wide-margin chase wins in recent outings. However, it might be worth taking a chance on THE KING OF MAY who returns back to the scene of his last success after a recent return to action at Kelso.
Brian Ellison’s charge held his own in Class 2 company a couple of seasons ago but has clearly had his issues subsequently and after two below-par runs in cheekpieces, connections decided to tweak the eight-year-olds wind before returning for seasonal reappearance.
The King Of May was sent off just 7/2 for his return at Kelso and certainly raced throughout as if in need of the comeback when finishing fourth over an extended 2m1f. The eight-year-old now finds himself on a career-low mark and is 8lb lower than when last visiting the winner’s enclosure. The King Of May should strip fitter on the second start after a layoff and it would be no surprise to see him return to winning ways.
Acrion (15.40 Lingfield)
Brian Meehan’s runners tend to come on plenty for a recent outing and his charge ACRION shaped with plenty of promise on debut at Southwell over 7f when racing prominently throughout.
The four-year-old only weakened out of contention in the final furlong on that occasion and certainly would have learnt plenty from that initial experience. The drop back to 6f on that latest evidence looks a wise move from connections and with Luke Morris taking over in the saddle from stall 1, Acrion should be up with the pace from the start and looks to have leading claims in a fairly poor novice contest.