Sunday’s 8,608/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On June 5

Musselburgh plays host to the Sky Bet Sunday Series.Musselburgh plays host to the Sky Bet Sunday Series.

Horse Racing Tips on Sunday, June 5

There are five meetings spread across Britain and Ireland on Sunday, June 5th with the action coming from Goodwood, Musselburgh, Perth, Kilbeggan and Listowel. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Sunday Lucky 15.


El Hibri (1:30 Goodwood)

Trainer Tony Carroll has sent out five winners in recent weeks and runs two interesting runners in Goodwood’s opener on Sunday. Three-time course and distance winner Sir Titan is respected now returning to the West Sussex track, however, it could pay to take a chance on EL HIBRI, who has recently joined the yard from Brian Meehan.

Despite being unable to get his head in front in five starts as a juvenile, El Hibri ran some eye-catching races in defeat last season and was admirably consistent, finishing second or third in four of his racecourse outings as a two-year-old. 

Whilst he was slightly disappointing at Haydock on his final start back in October, he’s clearly a horse with plenty of ability on his day and if the recent change of scenery has worked the oracle, the three-year-old could still be open to plenty of improvement this year and he could turn out to be a useful acquisition for new connections. 

Luke Morris can get amongst the winners at Goodwood on Sunday afternoon.


Smart Champion (3:15 Goodwood)

Slow starts have often been the undoing of SMART CHAMPION in his races, and whilst his career strike rate of 2-20 is far from inspiring, the seven-year-old is a very smart staying handicapper on his day and has run several highly-promising races in defeat, including on his seasonal reappearance at Southwell back in April. 

Breaking out on terms with his four rivals on that occasion, the seven-year-old soon established a clear lead over the extended two-mile trip. Despite taking a keen hold throughout, Smart Champion battled bravely as the field turned into the straight and whilst he seemingly appeared as if he was going to be left behind by race favourite Phoenix Aquilus, David Simcock’s stayer kept finding for pressure and was beaten just a nose at the line. 

A mark of 82 leaves him well-handicapped on his previous form and if producing a similar performance on Sunday afternoon, it would come as no surprise if Smart Champion belatedly returned to the winner’s enclosure and perhaps connections will be eyeing up the Northumberland Plate towards the end of the month if things go to plan. 

Trainer David Simcock will be confident Smart Champion can return to winning ways at Goodwood.


Le Beau Garcon (4:45 Musselburgh)

There should be plenty more to come from progressive sprinter LE BEAU GARCON this season as Michael and David Easterby’s charge moves into the handicapping ranks off a mark of 81.

Thrice raced as a juvenile last season, Le Beau Garcon certainly didn’t take long to make an immediate impression on the track. Second on his debut at Catterick over five furlongs, he soon went one place better just thirteen days later at Beverley in novice company – comfortably accounting for his nine rivals and readily defeating six subsequent winners in the process. 

Sent to Redcar on his final start as a two-year-old, Le Beau Garcon took his record to 2 from 3, showing a tremendous attitude in the closing stages to comfortably defeat market rivals Firebomb and May Blossom on the run to the line.  

Whilst he does have fitness to prove on his return to the track following a nine-month break, Le Beau Garcon is clearly a sprinter that is heading in the right direction and with plenty of scope for improvement this season, the three-year-old is certainly one to follow and it would come as no surprise if he makes a winning handicap debut. 

Jockey Paul Mulrennan is in fine form and has a strong book of rides on Sunday afternoon at Musselburgh.


Annandale (5:15 Musselburgh)

Trainer Jim Goldie has his string in excellent form at the moment, operating at a healthy 28% strike rate in the last couple of weeks. The Scottish handler will be hoping to continue his excellent spell in the Sky Bet Sunday Series at Musselburgh this weekend and appears to hold a strong chance in the 5.15 contest. 

Geremia hasn’t been with the yard for long but produced an eye-catching effort when finishing third at York when last seen. The four-year-old was perhaps unlucky not to have finished closer after meeting trouble in running and is respected off the back of that encouraging performance. 

However, this race can go the way of ANNANDALE, who has been crying out for a proper test of stamina in his most recent starts and is now 2lb lower than his last winning mark. After posting creditable efforts in his opening two starts for the yard over inadequate trips at Newcastle and Doncaster, the four-year-old colt produced a very smart performance on his next start over 1m5f at Hamilton – staying on strongly on the run to the line to finish fourth against Class 3 opposition. 

Unsuited by the drop in trip on his latest start at York, Annandale should fair significantly better now that his stamina is finally tested. With 9/1 currently available, the four-year-old is certainly overpriced and rates a confident selection as he drops back into Class 4 company. 

Annandale (centre) made a pleasing return at Newcastle and will be expected to go well on Sunday.

Annandale (yellow) should relish the two-mile trip on Sunday.