Thursday’s 5,626/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On June 9

Six courses across Britain and Ireland go racing on Thursday. With Listed and Group races occurring across the cards, it is an excellent precursor to Saturday’s top action. Our 5,626/1 Lucky 15 top tips come from two flat meetings at Nottingham and Newbury.


Dream For Gold (2.00 Nottingham)

Both Marbaan and Mutaany have the benefit of already having run, but DREAM FOR GOLD boasts a profile which suggests he can challenge first time out.

Kevin Ryan may have had a slow start with his juveniles this term, but he is usually more prolific with the youngest age group than any other. A correction towards that more positive correlation is expected sooner rather than later and his charge here is certainly most alluring of the unraced contingent.

Dream For Gold is by three-time Group 1 winner US Navy Flag, who also won four times as a two-year-old. He may have taken five starts to get off the mark for Aidan O’Brien, but his first crop as a sire are not hanging around. Four of his 11 offspring so far in 2022 have won, while a further three have placed.

With eight currently going to post, he rates a decent each-way bet to come out on top of the debutants and beat at least one of those who have been to the track beforehand.


Elegant Verse (3.10 Newbury)

The feature race in Britain on the day is the Listed Abingdon Stakes at Newbury, in which ELEGANT VERSE can cause a minor upset for John & Thady Gosden.

Stay Alert and Ching Shih both finished in the top three of trials for the Oaks and Golden Lyra was an easy maiden winner for an in-form combination last term, but there is far greater value in Elegant Verse’s price. She only made her debut at the end of April, but she has every chance of being progressive.

A daughter of Galileo and Special Duty, that gives potential for her to be blessed with a handy mix of speed and stamina. She was runner-up at Newmarket to a winner who retains an entry in the RIbblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, before getting off the mark at Redcar last month.

The runner-up had been third to Emily Upjohn beforehand and the form of that race looks fairly decent, with Elegant Verse doing her best work late on. This step up in class is well worth a go this early in her career and the yard are really beginning to spring into form.


Tessy Lad (4.15 Newbury)

An eyecatcher last time out, TESSY LAD could provide Richard Hughes with a winner on Thursday.

The son of Australia has run exclusively over 7f so far, beginning in January on the all-weather. Although he failed to challenge in three novice/maiden events, his turf debut was much more promising at Lingfield where he finished seventh of 12.

Realistically, a mark of 64 looked harsh for him after his opening three efforts, but he kept on despite running like a horse benefitting from the experience. Unsurprisingly, he was dropped another 2lb, but the step up to 1m, though possibly still shorter than ideal, promises to bring out even more from him.

There may be a small leap of faith involved in backing him, but this could easily prove to be his level.


Rendition (4.50 Newbury)

Top weight RENDITION looks like a horse who could easily step beyond this company. She carries the colours of Cheveley Park in the final race on Newbury’s card.

She made her debut at the end of 2021 at Wolverhampton, finishing fifth over 1m1½f. She filled the same position at Chepstow on her turf debut in April, before stepping forward with her best effort to finish third behind fellow Lucky 15 selection Elegant Verse at Redcar.

By Ulysses, an extra stamina test over 1m4f, after her best run came over 1m2f on good-to-soft, could easily bring about further improvement. Though she could not live with the first two home last time out, both of those may prove to be useful fillies, and Rendition was four lengths clear of those who finished behind her.

With the ante-post favourite Al Azhar not a guaranteed runner due to a possible Goodwood commitment on Friday, it may be time to get on Rendition early.