Saturday’s 1,836/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On July 30

Horse Racing Tips on Satuday, July 30

There are seven meetings spread across Britain and Ireland on Saturday July 30th, with the action coming from Doncaster, Goodwood, Hamilton, Lingfield, Newmarket, Thirsk and Galway. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Saturday Lucky 15.


Star Fortress (2:25 Newmarket) 9/2

STAR FORTRESS could well turn out to be a very smart filly for trainer Ralph Beckett and it’s no surprise to see that connections have wasted little time in pitching her into Listed company this weekend. 

The daughter of Sea The Stars made an eye-catching debut at Windsor last month when finishing second over ten furlongs. Beaten two lengths on that occasion, she managed to split a pair of talented rivals in the shape of Special Envoy (won again since off 92) and Wilkins (bolted up at Pontefract last weekend). 

Switched to the all-weather surface on her following start, Star Fortress confirmed her debut promise by going on place better at Chelmsford. Travelling powerfully throughout, she soon kicked clear turning for home with Roger Varian’s Jahoori and soon got the better of the argument, staying on powerfully to pull a couple of lengths clear of her nearest pursuer. 

While she’s up markedly in class on Saturday afternoon, Ralph Beckett’s filly looks more than capable of making her mark at Listed level given what we’ve seen of her so far and Star Fortress could be right out of the top drawer. 


Laatansa (2:52 Doncaster) 11/4

Tribal Wisdom will be a warm order to provide in-form trainer Charlie Appleby with yet another winner after finishing runner-up on his debut at Newmarket earlier this month. The Godolphin runner will be expected to go in here, however, the Frankel gelding may be bumping into a talented rival in the form of LAATANSA, who makes his debut for William Haggas after joining from Ed Dunlop’s yard last year. 

The son of New Bay didn’t show much on his debut at Salisbury last September but certainly built on that opening display with two notable efforts at Newmarket the following month. Third over a mile behind David Simcock’s subsequent Group 3 runner-up Cash, Laatansa field the same position once more, this time behind Andrew Balding’s dual scorer Soul Stopper and recent Group 3 Gordon Stakes winner New London. 

Having subsequently changed hands for 250,000gns, connections will be expecting Laatansa to make an immediate impact on his seasonal return at Doncaster this weekend and there is every reason to believe that William Haggas’ latest recruit could be destined for bigger targets ahead.  


Dirtyoldtown (3:48 Thirsk) 8/1

This looks to be an ultra-competitive renewal of the Summer Cup Handicap at Thirsk and it could pay to take a chance on DIRTYOLDTOWN for North Yorkshire trainer Grant Tuer. 

The three-year-old was highly tried in his three outings for former trainer George Boughey last season. Fifth at Ffos Las on his debut last August, Dirtyoldtown got off the mark in some style on his second start when thumping his three rivals in novice company over seven furlongs at Chepstow. Evidently held in high regard, he made his final appearance for George Boughey in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes in a race that was ultimately won by subsequent dual Group 1 winner Coroebus. 

Switching yards, Grant Tuer’s recruit caught the eye with a pleasing reappearance when finding ahead of three subsequent winners in second at Musselburgh back in April and while his penultimate start at Haydock was some way below his best, Dirtyoldtown got back on track with a staying on sixth at Chester last time out over the extended seven furlongs. 

Rated 89, there is certainly room for improvement from his current mark and with the step back up to a mile this weekend in his favour, Dirtyoldtown should go close here and is well worth supporting at his current odds. 


Another Investment (4:00 Doncaster) 4/1

This looks like a good opportunity for ANOTHER INVESTMENT to return to winning ways for trainer Nigel Tinkler. 

A surprise winner of a York novice on his final juvenile start last term, Another Investment has performed well since switching to handicaps this season as a three-year-old. Not beaten far behind John & Thady Gosden’s well-regarded Kingman colt Samburu back in May, Nigel Tinkler’s sprinter was desperately unlucky not to add to his sole victory when collared in the closing stages at Haydock on his following start when beaten just a short head at the line off a mark of 80 behind Karl Burke’s progressive sprinter Lethal Levi. 

Pitched into an ultra-competitive Class 2 handicap at York three starts back, the three-year-old met plenty of interference throughout the six-furlong contest and whilst he ultimately finished seven lengths behind Clive Cox’s subsequent Listed winner Harry Three, he was far from disgraced on that occasion and would have finished a lot closer to those ahead if granted a clearer passage. Disappointing at Newmarket over seven furlongs on his penultimate outing, Another investment returned to form when reverting to six furlongs last time out when chasing home Hugo Palmer’s Roman Dragon at Chester. 

Facing just six rivals on Saturday afternoon, Nigel Tinkler’s charge appears to hold leading claims once more and it will be disappointing if he can’ get his head in front against this level of opposition.