Monday’s Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On January 17

Monday Lucky 15 Tips. Racing tips at Chepstow, Fakenham and all weather action from Wolverhampton on January 17th.Monday Lucky 15 Tips. Racing tips at Chepstow, Fakenham and all weather action from Wolverhampton on January 17th.

Horse Racing Tips on Monday, January 17

There are three meetings spread across Britain on Monday, January 17th with the action coming from Chepstow, Fakenham and all-weather action from Wolverhampton. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Monday Lucky 15.

Caswell Bay (13:00 Chepstow)

The step up to 3miles can see CASWELL BAY return to winning ways for welsh trainer Evan Williams. Despite the seven-year-old being well beaten in recent starts, Caswell Bay has shaped with promise and has hinted that a stamina test is exactly what he needs when staying on in the closing stages on penultimate start over 2miles at Haydock behind the progressive Green Book for Venetia Williams. 

Evan Williams’ charge could never get competitive last time out when racing over the extended 2m3f trip but the seven-year-old was well supported in the market on that occasion and connections evidently thought better was expected despite the sixth-place finish over that inadequate trip.

Caswell Bay now lines up off a career-low mark of 109 which remains 6lb lower than when he last visited the winner’s enclosure and on the evidence of his last two starts he looks ready for a stamina test at this stage of his career. The testing conditions will also be in his favour and he appears to tick plenty of boxes on Monday afternoon. 

Caswell Bay can get back to winning ways now granted a proper test of stamina on Monday afternoon.

Caswell Bay can get back to winning ways now granted a proper test of stamina on Monday afternoon.

Sure Touch (13:40 Fakenham) 

Although he has been expensive to follow over hurdles so far, SURE TOUCH looks to have found an ideal opportunity to record a first win over the smaller obstacles. 

Olly Murphy’s charge was sent off a warm order on hurdling debut at Southwell but failed to reel in eventual winner Greatest Star over 2miles. The five-year-old was again heading the market last time out when getting outpaced over the same trip at Ayr after being held up by jockey Fergus Gregory. 

The step-up in trip shouldn’t be an inconvenience on Fakenham’s tight left-handed track and connections will be extremely disappointed if he can’t return to winning ways against a very modest field. 

Portelet Bay (17:30 Wolverhampton)

It could be a case that David Evans’ PORTELET BAY needs some more help from the handicapper but he’s worth chancing at the likely odds returning to 6f after he was set a difficult task at Southwell over the minimum distance earlier this month. 

Portelet Bay could only finish sixth on that occasion but was not beaten far behind the Alice Haynes’ progressive sprinter Strong Power who has subsequently franked the form by racking up a hat trick of wins at Lingfield and smashing the track record over 5f in the process.

David Evans’ four-year-old was only beaten 3l on penultimate start in Class 4 company over Monday’s course and distance and is now 2lb lower for that promising effort. The drop back into Class 5 company should suit Portelet Bay and interestingly jockey George Downing takes over in the saddle for the first time who has recently registered three wins in recent weeks all coming for this trainer. 

Zoom Zoom Babe (19:30 Wolverhampton) 

Trainer Mick Appleby is renowned for improving recent recruits to his yard and it would be no surprise to see ZOOM ZOOM BABE fair much better now lining up off a mark of 63 for the first time in Class 6 company on Monday evening.

It appears to have been somewhat of a fact-finding mission for Zoom Zoom Babe after joining from Joseph O’Brien’s Irish yard earlier last season as the five-year-old has lined up just six times for new connections but at three different trips. 

The mare returned in late November last year in Class 4 company at Kempton over an extended 1m3f and despite finishing fifth, Zoom Zoom Babe displayed promise after meeting interference in the latter stages of that particular contest. A below-par effort can be easily forgiven at Southwell last time out as he clearly didn’t appreciate the slow surface on that occasion. 

Jockey Theodore Ladd is set to claim a handy 3lb on Monday and the five-year-old is taken to bounce back to form and should go close at likely generous odds back down in distance.