Sunday’s 18,279/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On February 13
Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, February 13
There are three meetings spread across Britain and Ireland on Sunday, February 13th with the action coming from Punchestown, Southwell and Exeter. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Sunday Lucky 15.
Coeur Serein (3.30 Exeter)
Emmpressive Lady was a winner at Kempton last time and remains unexposed over this trip but her three wins have all come against her own sex. Art Approval must prove he stays this far, whilst Riggs failed to complete when favourite at Warwick last month and now has headgear fitted.
With Silver Sheen (form) and Eminent Poet (absence) both having questions to answer, it could pay to take a chance on COEUR SEREIN for this Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle.
Jonjo O’Neill’s 8yo hasn’t been seen over hurdles since finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Persian War, but that form has received subsequent notable boosts.
Although 0-3 over fences since, Coeur Serein has run to a consistent level on each occasion and he returns to hurdles just 3lb above his last winning mark in this sphere. With ground in his favour and regular pilot Jonjo O’Neill Jr doing the steering, he rates a solid play.
Recommended BetCOEUR SEREIN (3:30pm Exeter) 7/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Young Dev (4.10 Punchestown)
Denis Hogan took the David Trundley Artist At Punchestown Handicap Hurdle in 2019 with Lady Writer, and three years later, YOUNG DEV provides the trainer with a strong hand.
The 8yo has been gradually progressive this season, catching the eye when staying on for third at Fairyhouse last month.
That came in a far more competitive affair, and although he has been pushed up 2lb that is counteracted by the booking of top claimer Mark McDonagh, whose 7lb allowance was recently seen to good effect courtesy of Birchdale’s victory at last weekend’s Dublin Racing Festival.
Young Dev has gained his last three wins under a claiming rider, the most recent coming just over 12 months ago, so this could prove an opportune time to catch him.
Recommended BetYOUNG DEV (4:10pm Punchestown) 10/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Stone Soldier (4.20 Southwell)
My Oberon is a fascinating entrant for Southwell’s feature MansionBet Proud Partners Of The AWC Conditions Stakes yet he must concede weight all round on his first start since September and therefore the more attractive bet at the prices is STONE SOLDIER.
Archie Watson’s 5yo is a real all-weather specialist with his record on synthetics currently an impressive five wins from ten starts.
Three of those victories came on the now defunct Fibresand track here, yet he proved himself to be equally effective on Tapeta when runner-up over 7f here last month.
That was Stone Soldier’s first start since September, so he is entitled to strip fitter here, and Stone Soldier probably would have been in-front a few yards after the line last time, so going up a furlong can only suit.
My Oberon aside Stone Soldier really doesn’t have a great deal to find with the remainder on these terms, and therefore it is something of a surprise to see him trading at such a big price.
Recommended BetSTONE SOLDIER (4:20pm Southwell) 20/1 Bet Now! New Customers only. 18+. T&C’s Apply. begambleaware.org.
Mekbat (4.50 Southwell)
Richard Hannon and Sean Levey have just the one ride on the Southwell card in MEKBAT, who takes up an engagement in the concluding Watch Racing Free Online At Coral Handicap, which may prove a tip in itself.
This Al Shaqab owned colt has an exceptional pedigree being related to top miler Toormore, and he has run well in defeat in 7f contests over Polytrack the last twice.
He was no match for Wyvern at Lingfield latest, yet considering that rival is now rated 81 and Mekbat had a 74-rated horse held in fourth the handicapper appears to have let him in lightly here on an opening mark of 67, particularly as the step up to a mile on this more galloping track can bring about improvement.