Loader’s Lucky 15 – Massive multiple covering races at Clonmel, Catterick and Newcastle

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Chris Loader provides four tips for today, rolling his selections at Clonmel, Catterick and Newcastle into this Lucky 15 on Thursday 9th January.

I’m back in the hot seat with Racing Tips on Thursday for my EW Lucky15 picks. We have some good racing on show on both sides of the Irish Sea and I’m hoping we can have some good fortune on our side.

Thursday’s Lucky 15

Richard Fahey has been in good form so far in 2020 and I think he’s got a strong chance here. Bendy Spirit was a decisive winner at Lingfield last time when making all from the front and subsequently has been raised 8lbs by the handicapper. The course at Newcastle favoured front runners yesterday and I’m hoping those tactics can be ideal for the three-year-old. Furthermore there are questions for some of the field at the course and also the trip and with those doubts in mind I think we could be on to a winning start with this selection.

We then don’t have to wait long with our second selection for one of my favourite combinations at the moment in racing, Rachel Blackmore & Henry De Bromhead. This mare has already hinted at ability finishing third on her hurdles debut Fairyhouse but then probably was unsuited by the drop back in trip at Tramore. However moving back up in trip looks a positive move as she’s got lots of stamina in her pedigree. If she’s prominent then daughter of Stowaway might outstay her rivals with the seven pound mares allowance.

This horse might appear a little bit short in such a big field but looking through the five-year-old’s form you can see why he is favourite. His latest outing at Fairyhouse was very eye catching when he was backed into favouritism. The son of Kayf Tara looks well treated off 94 and could have lots of more to offer in the colours of JP McManus. He’s surely the one to beat.

2:40pm Catterick Watt Fences North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase (For The Denys Smith Memorial Trophy) (Class 3) 3m6f

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Little Bruce ran a very creditable race here last year to finish second behind Sharp Response when he was a novice. After that performance he racked up a few wins including the Cambridgeshire National at Huntingdon. The nine-year-old made a pleasing return over hurdles at Doncaster last month and this looks like it’s been the target for Phil Kirby’ gelding. For me he has to go very close.

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