Friday’s Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets on January 7

Dundalk's all-weather meeting in Ireland comes under the microscope for our Lucky 15 on Friday.Dundalk's all-weather meeting in Ireland comes under the microscope for our Lucky 15 on Friday.

Horse Racing Tips on Friday, January 7

All four runners in our editor’s Lucky 15 on Friday come on the all-weather surfaces at Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Dundalk in Ireland. They combine to pay out at a healthy 8,431/1

Boy George (1:05 Lingfield)

Porfin is on a good winning run for Phil McEntee given this level of race, but BOY GEORGE has been second in nine of his last 12 starts and consistently looks like he can improve off his mark.

He’s had a break for two months which could help him find that little bit extra as he raced 17 times in 2021. This course and distance may help to bring the best out of him as well.

Although sometimes frustrating to follow, his consistency is definitely an asset and Callum Hutchinson’s 5lb claim may be just enough to get Dominic Ffrench Davis’ horse over the line.

Artisan Bleu (3:20 Lingfield)

Adam West’s four-year-old may have put some very disappointing efforts in on his most recent two starts in December, but both came on tapeta, which i not a surface he has revelled on in the past.

Back on Lingfield’s polytrack, ARTISAN BLEU should be right more at home. He was second on his last start on the surface, which came over two furlongs further than the trip he will race over in this race.

Although campaigned mostly at 1m 4f last year, his best efforts have come over this trip and a mark of 55 is definitely a winnable one for him if he is on a going day. Conditions are set up for that to be so.

Sangria (4:15 Dundalk)

SANGRIA has had an interesting existence for Joseph O’Brien. She was not a bad juvenile last year, but her three-year-old season could bring about some improvement.

She is technically without a win, but that is because she was disqualified over six furlongs at this venue in November. Her claimer weighed in 2lb light, so she has effectively won off a mark of 64 before.

She is now rated 71, but she was not beaten far off 2lb higher when upped to seven furlongs, though there is a chance a good gallop over five furlongs here will suit her well. Having been purchased for 185,000 guineas, there should be more to come.

Glen Rosa (5:30 Wolverhampton)

This is an unusual conditions contest for 0-50 horses as it is not a handicap. As such, last time out winners Bernard Spierpoint and Blackcurrent could be feasibly well treated.

However, GLEN ROSA may trump them on that front. He was secon off a mark of 48 last time out, but remains within the threshold for this race at a mark of 49. He gets 5lb from the former and may just prove too strong for the latter.

David Probert is a booking of intent by his trainer and he was previously rated in the 60s. Any recapturing of that form and he will go close.