Thursday’s 6,610/1 Lucky 15 – Racing Tips Best Bets on December 16

Exeter and Ffos Las host meetings over fences, while Southwell and Chelmsford are on the all-weather.Exeter and Ffos Las host meetings over fences, while Southwell and Chelmsford are on the all-weather.

Horse Racing Tips on Thursday, December 16th

Exeter, Ffos Las, Southwell and Chelmsford all host racing on a busy Thursday in the UK. Our editor has picked out four selections that combine to make Thursday’s 6,610/1 Lucky 15.


Lassue (12:00 Exeter)

LASSUE ran two excellent races in point to points for Will Biddick earlier this year and the move to a top yard in Fergal O’Brien’s means she should be winning over hurdles sooner rather than later.

Those point efforts included a success on her second start, so she should improve now for obstacles after finishing fourth in a Wetherby bumper last month. That saw her stay on through the field towards the end of the two-mile trip so the extra couple of furlongs may well be to her benefit as well.

She has only ever run on good ground, but a softer surface should not be to her hindrance as a budding National Hunt type and it is telling her yard have entered her here anyway. With her recent racecourse outing likely to sharpen her up, she looks good value in this Exeter opener.


Lettie Lutz (12:10 Ffos Las)

The odds-on favourite in this race, Be The Difference, has certainly improved significantly this season for Phil Kirby, but he is opposed with Ben Clarke’s LETTIE LUTZ.

The five-year-old mare was 80/1 for her hurdles bow at Chepstow last month, but belied that price and some strong opposition to finish third. She showed that was no fluke by finishing fourth in equally useful company in a novice hurdle at Exeter at the start of December.

She may have been even closer on her most recent effort but for stumbling late on and a mark of 107 does not look harsh given the unusual depth of opponents she has already been asked to face. With those runs under her belt, her trainer may have found a good opportunity for her to earn some winning prize money.


Dusky Prince (12:56 Southwell)

On the all-weather, Archie Watson’s DUSKY PRINCE may finally have an opportunity to strike for the first time since his debut.

That initial victory suggested he could be a useful sprinter, but the wheels completely fell off, as he finished down the field in Listed company, as well as novice events in the UK and Ireland.

However, his first effort on Tapeta at Wolverhampton sparked somewhat of a revival, as he came fourth, running on at the finish. He has been dropped a further 1lb by the handicapper and may be ridden a little more positively now he seems to have the edge for racing back.


Martinhal (1:05 Exeter)

In what looks an open contest, the fitness of MARTINHAL may be back up to 100% after his seasonal debut and he is definitely well treated on the best of last year’s form.

Down to a mark of 128, he won two novice hurdles for David Pipe last season, including one over course and distance. Behind him that day was Orbys Legend, winner of the Silver Trophy at Chepstow in October.

He almost certainly would have needed his comeback at Aintree and has gone down another 4lbs in the weights. This is the least difficult of the three handicaps he has raced in thus far and the return to Exeter is very much in his favour too.