Horse Racing Tips on Saturday, January 29
It is a terrific day of action on Sunday, with Cheltenham, Doncaster and Uttoxeter racing over jumps in Britain, with Fairyhouse doing likewise in Ireland. There is also racing on the all-weather from Lingfield and Kempton.
It is at Cheltenham and Doncaster where our editor’s 5,017/1 Lucky 15 best bets are focused.
Grangeclare Glory (12:25 Doncaster)
The opener at Doncaster has a bumper field going to post, but there is significant value to be had in GRANGECLARE GLORY for David Pipe.
He won on his seasonal return at Newton Abbot in October, but his most recent starts have all been tough. Yet, he has emerged with credit from each of them.
In losing by just 2 ½ lengths to Lossiemouth at Ascot next time out, he nearly gave 2lb (allowing for their jockeys’ claims) to a horse who won a Grade 2 next time out. That is terrific form and he simply did not stay at Aintree when upped to three miles next time out.
He was most recently third to the potentially useful Jpr One at Taunton and a mark of 117 is a competitive one on ground he copes with. The trip looks his optimum too.
Western Victory (2:10 Doncaster)
Emma Lavelle runs WESTERN VICTORY once again just a week after she made her debut for the yard in a Grade 2 at Ascot.
That was always going to be a tough task for a mare who had only moved very recently from Ireland. Tom Bellamy’s decision to open up a clear advantage on the mare was also questionable, even though she had got the trip in the past.
Two miles is where she has thrived at though and it is over that trip at which she won a Listed prize at Gowran Park in October. As such, the return to this near-minimum distance here is seen as a positive, as is the confidence the yard must have to send her out once again so quickly.
Last year’s winner Miranda is an obvious danger, but on her Irish form, she would be very threatening in receipt of 2lb from the favourite.
Mahler Mission (2:45 Doncaster)
There is rarely a genuine top class winner of this Grade 2, with Barters Hill in 2016 the last horse who you could reasonably claim was so talented.
His trainer Ben Pauling has won this three times in the last six years, so Not At Present has to be considered, as he is also very progressive. However, the standout form belongs to MAHLER MISSION.
John McConnell turns for a tongue tie for the first time here, but that is not because anything needs correcting based on his last run. He won by 14 lengths on his first British start, beating a decent yardstick and the handler had the Albert Bartlett third in Streets Of Doyen last season.
Even a repeat of that form would be enough to see him in the equation and the way he kept galloping over 2m4f last time gives plenty of hope he can stay a full three miles.
Flirtatious Girl (4:15 Cheltenham)
Even though she will have to concede 4lb all round for having already won at Listed level, FLIRTATIOUS GIRL is the one they all have to beat.
Her only defeat in bumpers last season came at the hands of Rainyday Woman, who has done that form no harm at all. Moreover, Kim Bailey’s six-year-old followed up that defeat by winning next time out.
That day she beat Speech Bubble, another horse to have won this season and so there will have to be a useful one in this field to beat her. Hidden Beauty may well be that mare, but Flirtatious Girl remains the one to side with, especially at the prices.