Sunday’s 2,064/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On July 31

Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, July 31

There are just three meetings spread across Britain and Ireland on Sunday July 31st, with the action coming from Chester, Market Rasen and Galway. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Sunday Lucky 15.


Have Secret (1:50 Chester) 6/1

Market leader Kiss N Cuddle is entitled to plenty of respect here for David Evans, however, his draw out wide in stall 9 tempers enthusiasm and it could pay to side with HAVE SECRET, who, unlike some of these, has already proved his stamina for seven furlongs and makes plenty of appeal on his nursery debut off an opening mark of 71. 

Sixth on his debut at Carlisle back in May, Have Secret built on his opening start when fast finishing third over Beverley’s extended seven furlongs last month. Dropped back a furlong on his latest outing at Pontefract, he again did all his best work late after being slowly away to finish an eye-catching fourth. 

Drawn in stall 2 and with the prospect of plenty more to come, Richard Fahey’s son of Havana Gold will be expected to go close now back to his optimum trip and it would be no surprise if Have Secret gets off the mark at the fourth attempt on Sunday Afternoon. 


Frankness (2:20 Chester) 3/1

This appears to be a fiercely competitive novice contest with plenty holding claims in some shape or form. While the likes of Utilis and Endeared are entitled to respect, the vote goes to Andrew Balding’s FRANKNESS, who attracted notable market support on his debut earlier this month at Newmarket and certainly will have learnt plenty following that opening effort. 

Despite displaying clear signs of inexperience throughout the seven-furlong maiden, Andrew Balding’s filly stuck to her task willingly once the penny eventually dropped and she was ultimately beaten just three parts of a length at the line in third. While that form is yet to be tested, it appeared to be a fair introduction from Frankness that day and with improvement forthcoming on Sunday afternoon, Andrew Balding’s well-bred two-year-old will be expected to go close from a handy draw in stall 2. 


Manaccan (2:55 Chester) 6/1

The feature race on Chester’s card is the Listed Freddie Wilson Queensferry Stakes and it certainly appears to be a wide-open renewal. Last year’s winner Judicial bids to follow up at the age of ten and despite his exceptional course record (4 from 5) he’s never actually won from a draw higher than 4 at Chester and is drawn out wide in 7 this weekend. 

MANACCAN has only had eight starts for trainer John Ryan and certainly hinted that he was returning to some kind of form when catching the eye over five furlongs at Chester just fifteen days ago. Beaten just a length in fifth in the Palace Of Holyroodhouse Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, John Ryan’s sprinter certainly entered many people’s trackers and notebooks when staying on smartly over the minimum trip at this track last time out. Stalking the leaders towards the inside rail, Manaccan endured a troubled passage turning for home but fairly flew home once the gaps ultimately appeared and certainly finished with plenty left in the tank crossing the line. 

With connections enlisting the services of William Buick on Sunday afternoon, a bold bid from John Ryan’s three-year-old looks assured and he can notch up career win number two this weekend. 


My Poem (3:50 Market Rasen) 9/2

Oliver Greenall’s MY POEM appears to have plenty in his favour in Market Rasen’s sixth race. The lowly-rated hurdler took a while to come to hand for connections but since returning this season, My Poem has seemingly turned a corner in his last two outings over timber. 

Following a 203-day break, the five-year-old mare registered her first success in this sphere when defeating Donald McCain’s well-treated four-year-old Simply Red at Southwell towards the end of June. Although unable to follow up her breakthrough success at Worcester earlier this month, My Poem was far from disgraced in fourth in a race that has worked out extremely well since – the second and third have both subsequently scored in recent weeks. 

In receipt of plenty of weight from her rivals this weekend, My Poem should have every chance of adding to her sole hurdle victory and Oliver Greenall’s charge rates a confident selection here.