Friday’s Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On January 28

Thursday Lucky 15 Tips. Racing Tips at Huntingdon, Ffos Las and Doncaster on Thursday, February 10th.Thursday Lucky 15 Tips. Racing Tips at Huntingdon, Ffos Las and Doncaster on Thursday, February 10th.

Horse Racing Tips on Friday, January 28

A trio from Huntingdon and a single selection from Doncaster combine to make our editor’s 8.431/1 Lucky 15 on Friday. Find out his insight into his selections below for our UK racing top tips.

Kalinihta (12:55 Huntingdon)

Without doubt the most interesting horse running on Friday, KALINIHTA will run for the first time in 1379 days for Noel Williams.

Therefore, he first ran in public nearly four years ago, when winning a bumper at Fontwell in April 2018. That is his only racecourse start and he duly won by 3 ¼ lengths.

The lengthy layoff is not the most intriguing thing about him though. It is that he beat Itchy Feet into second, a horse rated in the 150s over both hurdles and fences.

He must have significant ability to be able to do that and the amount of time off the track feels less significant given he won his only start without having had any experience before. The market will guide and if he drifts like a barge, there will obviously be fitness concerns, but were the layoff shorter, he’d almost certainly be favourite on the quality of that bumper form.

What A Glance (2:00 Huntingdon)

WHAT A GLANCE experienced a huge upturn in fortunes for a change of yard from Oliver Sherwood to David Dennis in November.

He promptly romped home for Dennis within a week of settling in, thumping his opposition by 16 lengths at Worcester off a mark of 101. But for an omitted hurdle, he may well have followed up ay Southwell when only going down by 1 ¼ lengths off an 8lb higher mark next time out.

The seven-year-old then clattered the first hurdle in an amateur ladies’ jockey event next time out and that probably told later in that race. However, it was a contest won by a decent horse and his margin to the winner wasn’t as great as his finishing position would suggest.

He is down another 2lb and given how easily he won on his reappearance, wind surgery could well brighten him up once again and he looks capable of winning again.

Samatian (3:00 Doncaster)

Kim Bailey’s charge looks to have an ideal profile for handicaps based on his exertions in novice events so far.

SAMATIAN’s three starts over hurdles have come in strong maiden and novice events, two of which were won by horses contesting Grade 2 races at Cheltenham on Saturday. The other was won by the very talented Knappers Hill.

Realistically, he had very little chance of featuring at the finish, but was mid-division on each occasion and handicapping at around this level was always going to be his game. Bailey’s runners are going in the right direction and this horse should be competitive on his handicap debut.

Mill Green (3:10 Huntingdon)

A fascinating contender for Nicky Henderson, MILL GREEN’s last two hurdles starts have both come in the Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

In neither of those was he disgraced and he was a close sixth in 2020, beaten just over four lengths. Similarly, he was on a hiding to nothing getting only 2lb from Galopin Des Champs last season.

Although he got off the mark over fences last May, a fall at Worcester in June has led to a return to the smaller obstacles for his return from an absence. His record after breaks of at least 50 days is very solid: 43151.

One of those was after 262 days off at Sandown (he has had 236 days since his last run here), off just 2lb lower than his current mark. Given he has gone close off a rating of 140, he looks a smart play to challenge.