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Thursday’s Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On January 13

Horse Racing Tips on Thursday, January 13

There are four meetings spread across Britain on Thursday, January 13th with the action coming from Bangor, Catterick, Chelmsford and Newcastle. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Thursday Lucky 15.

No Cruise Yet (13.40 Catterick)

A recent change of scenery looks to have worked the oracle for NO CRUISE YET who was quick to get back into the winning groove on just the second start for trainer Sam England after joining from Oliver Greenall’s yard. 

It took the seven-year-old twelve starts to register a first win but soon added to that tally on his penultimate run for new connections when staying on best of all to land an extended 3m2f handicap at Sedgefield in December. 

It looked very much like a case of bumping into one on his latest start as No Cruise Yet finished second behind the progressive Representing Bob who was winning for the third time in four starts for trainer Jamie Snowden. That most recent outing came over Thursday’s course and distance and No Cruise Yet looks to have obvious claims now tackling inferior rivals compared to those he has faced on his latest outings. 

Clondaw Promise (14.00 Bangor)

Last time out winner’s One Fer Mamma and CLONDAW PROMISE look the pair to focus on in this Handicap Chase and although Matt Sheppard’s six-year-old was an impressive winner last time out at Uttoxeter, he didn’t overly convince with his jumping and faces a much sterner test on Thursday, especially up against Jonjo O’Neill’s charge who will be looking to complete a hat-trick over the larger obstacles. 

The former point-to-pointer looks to have been revitalised since switching disciplines and confirmed the promise of his opening runner-up effort over fences at Uttoxeter with a taking victory at Lingfield on penultimate start over 2m4f. 

The eight-year-old then needed every yard of the extended 2m6f at Uttoxeter on the latest start when delivering a strong staying finish to defeat Mille Sussurri by 1l under a well-judged ride by Jonjo O’Neill Jr. 

Useful 3lb claimer Kevin Brogan takes over in the saddle on Thursday and Clondaw Promise remains one to keep on side as he goes back up to 3mile in search of a third win from just four starts since going chasing. 

Racing tips for Thursday’s meetings. Jonjo O’Neill can saddle a winner on the card at Bangor.

Stroxx (14.20 Newcastle) 

Although still a maiden, STROXX has hinted that he is capable of winning from his current mark after going down by just a neck on his penultimate start at Newcastle over 5f. 

Tim Easterby’s charge was unlucky not to get his head in front on that occasion but that recent effort was a welcome return to form off a career-low mark of 57. Connections would have expected a better performance from Stroxx most recently at Southwell but he was outpaced in the final furlong and clearly didn’t appreciate the sharp speed test at the East Midlands track. 

The five-year-old remains on the same mark for that neck second two starts ago and Tim Easterby’s charge won’t find many better opportunities to shed his maiden tag now returning to his optimum conditions. 

Thursday UK racing tips. Tim Easterby will be hoping Stroxx can get off the mark at Newcastle.

Thursday UK racing tips. Tim Easterby will be hoping Stroxx can get off the mark at Newcastle.

Dubai Emperor (18.30 Chelmsford) 

It will be interesting to see if Bella Colorossa lines up in this Handicap but a chance is taken on DUBAI EMPEROR who has only had six career starts and certainly looked unlucky in his latest outing after meeting interference after finishing fifth in a blanket finish at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day. 

David Simcock’s four-year-old met trouble a furlong from home when last seen and was forced to switch late under jockey Callum Shepherd before staying on well to be beaten just 0.5l at the winning post. That was an eye-catching return to action after 6 months off the track and appears very well treated off a mark of 53. 

Dubai Emperor remains relatively unexposed at this level and it would be no surprise to see him record a first career win for connections after that promising return to action.