Thursday’s Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On January 27

Wetherby plays host to the only jumps meeting in Britain on Thursday, with Gowran Park hosting in Ireland.Wetherby plays host to the only jumps meeting in Britain on Thursday, with Gowran Park hosting in Ireland.

Horse Racing Tips on Thursday, January 27

The two jumps meetings in Britain and Ireland are the subject of our 11,195/1 Lucky 15 best bets on Thursday. There are two selections each from Wetherby and Gowran Park, including in the feature Thyestes Chase.

Sigurd (12:40 Wetherby)

Trainer Joanne Foster may be having a frustrating season, but jockey Nathan Moscrop is having his most prosperous to date. They team up with SIGURD in the opener at Wetherby.

The ten-year-old has to be forgiven his runs this season, but it is easy to do so for two of those. He has always been far below his best after a layoff, so his fifth on reappearance over course and distance is not a concern, while he was given a thankless task in a cross country handicap at Cheltenham from 32lb out the handicap.

His most disappointing effort came at Catterick last time where he was well below his best, but he has now dropped to just 2lb above his last winning mark at a track and trip he has won at before. A big run is not ruled out.

Monkstreet (1:35 Gowran Park)

Jennifer Torrens is given the leg up for Gordon Elliott in this Ladies Maiden at Gowran Park.

Her mount MONKSTREET looks to have among the strongest form in the race despite dangers from within the Elliott stable in Sam’s Choice and from Willie Mullins’ yard in Glengouly.

In two of his three starts, he has been beaten by horses who would place in Grade 1s next time out in Three Stripe Life and Grand Jury. He was only third as favourite at Limerick after Christmas, but might not have benefitted from making his own running.

Similarly, a step up in trip looked necessary based on his first two efforts and he looks sure to go well now over 2m 4f.

Ontheropes (3:05 Gowran Park)

The Thyestes Chase is the spectacle of the day in Britain and Ireland. Currently, the one the market seems to have forgotten about is ONTHEROPES.

Although he is still 10lb higher than his winning mark at Limerick in October, he was made favourite for the Ladbrokes Trophy off the back of that victory. Fourth place represented a respectable effort that day.

In Grade 1 company, however, he struggled. That was always going to be a tall order, though and he has not encountered soft ground in either of his last two starts, which should bring about significant improvement.

If this turns into enough of a stamina test, he still looks like a possible winner on his Limerick form.

Bird On The Wire (4:17 Wetherby)

We top and tail this week’s Lucky 15 with Wetherby’s first and last races. Donald McCain, who is having such a marvellous season, sends out BIRD ON THE WIRE in this contest.

He had gone close a couple of times prior to finally getting off the mark at Doncaster two weeks ago. That was on only his second start over three miles, with the other having come over fences.

The seven-year-old never took off over the larger obstacles, but could well go further over hurdles now he has gotten off the mark. He was a dual point-to-point winner back in the day, so he should prove capable of better than a mark of 99.