Loader’s Lucky 15 – best bets at Lingfield, Kempton and Newcastle

Chris Loader (@Luckyloaders15) returns with his best bets from the Saturday cards at Newcastle, Kempton and Lingfield.

I’m turning back to the each-way lucky 15  on Saturday. It will be one of the last opportunities to see some of the final clues before the Cheltenham Festival, while there is good action on the all-weather with the Winter Derby at Lingfield.

Saturday’s Lucky 15

Calipso Collonges – 2.45 Newcastle

This horse has been favourite in the ante-post markets all week for the Eider Chase at Newcastle. The main reason for that is his latest performance at Haydock, where he finished second behind Lord Du Mensil in the Tommy Whittle Chase.

That particular line of form has been franked and Calipso Collonges has only been raised 3lb by the handicappe.r. That rise is offset by Fergus Gregory’s claim and he looks the best treated in the field and can go seriously close.

Highway One O Two – 3.02 Kempton

I spent some time with trainer Chris Gordon recently and he holds this horse in high esteem . It speaks volumes that Gordon has decided to come here as connections must think they have a great chance of landing their first graded success for the trainer.

This five-year-old has been impressive on his last two starts making all for comfortable successes at Plumpton. The latest effort worked out particularly well as the third-placed mare, White Chocolate, has scored since. The handicapper has given the son of Shirocco a rating of 135, which looks fair on what he has achieved so far. If he can get into a decent lead, he might just have too much speed for the opposition.

Bangkok – 3.15 Lingfield

The son of Australia hacked up by four lengths when taking the Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield this month. Australia’s progeny have often been noted as improving with age and that could be the case with Bangkok.

If you go back through his form as a three-year-old, he is the classiest type on paper with a Group 3 win at Sandown next to his name. Andrew Balding’s team have been going well of late and are operating at a 40% strike-rate in the last fortnight.

Black Corton – 3.35 Kempton

Black Corton has been one of my favourite horses since I’ve become a racing journalist and owes his connections nothing. The nine-year-old has probably just been short of top quality despite winning the Group 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase at Kempton in 2018.

He’s been a good handicapper recently, finishing second in the Galway Plate, as well as making the frame in some decent contests at Ascot. Despite carrying top weight today, I think his trainer Paul Nicholls has targeted this race and I would be disappointed if Black Corton was not placed at the very least.