Sunday’s Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets on January 30
Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, January 30
Fontwell, Naas and Sedgefield go racing on Sunday. Our expert editor’s 15,229/1 Lucky 15 top tips encompass all three meetings.
En Beton (12:40 Naas)
This looks a particularly deep renewal of this Grade 3, with many of these promising to stake a claim for the Cheltenham Festival in March.
It is EN BETON who sticks out most, even though Paul Townend has opted to ride Stattler for Willie Mullins. However, they arguably won on their first starts over fences as impressively, with En Beton shaping like he would improve substantially for stepping up to three miles.
He only raced twice over hurdles, winning well at Tramore on the second, but the eight-year-old should have plenty to come over fences and is very unexposed for his age.
There is every chance he could prove superior to his stablemate and the National Hunt Chase will be next on the list for him.
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Light Em Up Nigel (1.20 Fontwell)
There is a very small field for this novice hurdle, but none of those with runs over obstacles so far have particularly inspiring form.
It is a gamble to side with LIGHT EM UP NIGEL for Nicky Martin with his trainer having had only two winners this season especially as he has been off the track for some time.
However, he contested two very strong bumpers at Wincanton and Warwick in 2020, with the winners both having won over hurdles already. Whether he will be ready first time out is the question, but he could make his presence felt in this smaller field if he takes to hurdles and is worth chancing with none of the first three in the market having lit up the track so far.
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Cash Again (2.30 Sedgefield)
This looks like a good opportunity for Ben Haslam’s ten-year-old, who has now dropped to 1lb below his previous winning mark over hurdles.
In fact CASH AGAIN won off 5lb higher over fences last March and while he initially struggled to back up that form when switched back to the smaller obstacles, he put in a much better effort at this course last time.
The extra furlong should be no issue and while he has not seemingly operated on good ground, other conditions could also be put to blame. Fundamentally, he is capable of winning this well off this mark should he perform.
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Midnight Glance (3.20 Fontwell)
Alan King’s seven-year-old was close to NAP potential, only missing out due to his absence from the track.
That said, the reason MIDNIGHT GLANCE still appeals for this Lucky 15 is because he won after 236 days off to begin last season. While this is a slightly belated restart for him, he can clearly operate fresh if he wants to.
He ran very well on good ground at Doncaster last March, with the winner Onemorefortheroad having franked that form no end this season. However, Midnight Glance is now 2lb lower than for that run after failing to stay at Market Rasen.
This looks like a great opportunity for him first time out and he can be confidently backed.