Saturday’s Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On January 15
Horse Racing Tips on Saturday, January 15
There are five meetings spread across Britain on Saturday, January 15th with the action coming from Chelmsford, Kempton, Lingfield, Warwick and Wetherby. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Saturday Lucky 15.
Stag Horn (14.25 Warwick)
Formerly a classy stayer on the flat for connections, STAG HORN made the perfect start to life over hurdles when comfortably landing a Novice Hurdle at Hereford last time out over an extended 2m3f.
Archie Watson’s charge quickly climbed the ranks on the level, going up 20lb in the ratings after winning three of five starts in handicap company a couple of seasons ago. Notable performances behind the likes of Stradivarius in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot and finding the frame in the Queen Alexandra Stakes behind the impressive Stratum highlighted him as a seriously talented individual.
Stag Horn will have to improve once more after that winning hurdling debut but there should be plenty more to come as he steps up further in trip to 2m5f. He appears to be a very useful recruit to this discipline and connections will have high hopes for the rest of the campaign if Stag Horn can extend his unbeaten run over hurdles this weekend.
Quinta Do Mar (14.40 Kempton)
QUINTA DO MAR certainly looked in need of a return to further last time out after being readily outpaced at Cheltenham over an extended 2miles behind eventual winner Lively Citizen back in December.
Ben Pauling’s charge had previously registered back to back handicap wins following a layoff, with an impressive victory at Carlisle before routing the opposition by 31l at Fontwell off a mark of 131 over 2m1f.
Prior to those two victories, Quinta Do Mar finished an eye-catching fourth at Cheltenham over an extended 2m4f at Prestbury Park and would have finished closer to those in front that day if it wasn’t for a couple of mistakes as they climbed to the line.
A return to a flatter track will further aid his cause and he only remains 4lb higher than when slamming his rivals at Fontwell and is definitely worth supporting at generous odds.
Glentruan (14.47 Wetherby)
There was plenty of market support for GLENTRUAN on first start for trainer Ann Duffield last time out at Ayr and the seven-year-old certainly lived up to market expectations as he forced a dead-heat with the hat-trick seeking Foster’sisland.
Formerly with Irish trainer Patrick Neville, Glentruan had shown up well in previous outings over hurdles including when landing a Maiden Hurdle at Cork over 2m4f before recently coming over to Britain to run respectably at Carlisle behind some smart rivals including Mister Whittaker and Kayf Hernando when finishing fifth on penultimate outing.
A 5lb rise demands more from Glentruan after that recent dead-heat but he receives plenty of weight from the majority of the field and connections have enlisted the services of Brian Hughes which certainly catches the eye.
Corach Rambler (15.00 Warwick)
The last horse to shoulder top weight in this Grade 3 contest was Hey Big Spender for David Pipe in 2012 but that record could change on Saturday as CORACH RAMBLER heads the weights for trainer Lucinda Russell, who will be looking for her eight-year-old to emulate the success of One For Arthur who was of the same age when striding to victory in this contest in 2017.
The former winning point-to-pointer was quick to make his mark in novice hurdles last season when landing a pair of events at Ary and Carlisle over 3miles. Connections wasted little time on embarking on Corach Rambler’s chasing career following a layoff and after finishing third behind the progressive Minella Trump of Donal McCain’s on chasing debut, the eight-year-old has delivered two strong staying performances to win at Aintree and Cheltenham most recently.
Corach Rambler now must prove he can do it against established handicappers moving out of novice company for the first time. However, the step-up in trip should ideally suit and Lucinda Russell’s improving stayer is taken to land Warwick’s feature weekend prize now in open company for the first time.