Thursday’s 18,128/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On June 23

The Northumberland Plate Festival kicks off on Thursday at Newcastle.The Northumberland Plate Festival kicks off on Thursday at Newcastle.

Horse Racing Tips on Thursday, June 23

There are five meetings spread across Britain on Thursday, June 23rd with the action coming from Hamilton, Leicester, Newcastle, Newmarket and Nottingham. Our expert editor has produced their top tips across the cards, which make up our advised Thursday Lucky 15.


Sezaam (4:30 Newcastle)

The application of blinkers could see SEZAAM return to form for Michael Dods on Thursday afternoon. The lightly-raced three-year-old has been disappointing in his two outings this term at Beverley and York, however, Sezaam showed plenty of encouraging signs in novice company last year and is surely capable of making his mark in handicap company at some stage this season. 

Prior to his seasonal comeback, Sezaam had performed well in his three outings as a juvenile last term, showing clear signs of promise on his debut before going on to score at the second time of asking at Redcar over six furlongs. Returning to that aforementioned track just ten days later, Sezaam ran extremely well under a penalty to finish third and was only beaten half a length at the line.

Now dropped into a 0-75 contest, connections will be hopeful that the first-time blinkers can spark Sezaam back into form on Thursday and with the yard ticking over nicely in recent weeks, it wouldn’t be a total surprise to see the three-year-old return to winning ways. 

Trainer Michael Dods can get amongst the winners at Musselburgh on Wednesday evening.

Trainer Michael Dods can get amongst the winners at Newcastle on Thursday.


Hot Scoop (7:00 Hamilton)

Fairly low-grade action here, but despite the lack of quality on show, Hamilton’s selling handicap appears to be a fairly wide-open affair, with plenty holding a chance in some shape or form. Although an infrequent winner, there were plenty of encouraging signs displayed by HOT SCOOP in his latest outing at Ripon and the four-year-old could be set to return to the winner’s enclosure on Thursday evening. 

Poorly berthed in stall 3 on his latest outing at the North Yorkshire venue, Sam England’s charge was one of four runners who decided to race on the far side of the track. Despite racing away from the favoured stand side-rail, Hot Scoop battled on bravely inside the closing stages and despite ultimately crossing the line in fifth, he was only beaten just under two lengths and his effort in defeat can certainly be upgraded. 

Rated 55, the four-year-old remains extremely well-handicapped on the pick of his previous form when in the care of Jamie Osborne, and the four-year-old appears to have solid claims in ending his long-losing run here. 

Jockey Joanna Mason appears to have two live chances at Hamilton on Thursday evening.


Brush Creek (7:45 Leicester)

Although still a maiden after five career starts, it surely won’t be long before BRUSH CREEK gets off the mark for trainer Henry Candy. The well-bred filly has failed to trouble the judge in her opening two outings as a 3yo this season but could be a different proposition after a recent break. 

Prior to her seasonal reappearance at Lingfield, Brush Creek had shown plenty of ability in her three outings as a juvenile last season. Eighth on debut at Nottingham last August, she stepped up markedly on her following start at Goodwood later that month, keeping on well on the run to the line over six furlongs to finish a respectable third. Switched to the all-weather at Kempton on her final start as a two-year-old in October, she filled the same spot once again and was perhaps beaten by an exceptional filly that day in the form of Andrew Balding’s Orzo. 

It’s too soon to write off Henry Candy’s filly after two below-par efforts this season and whilst she does have plenty to prove on Thursday evening, she is bred to be a very smart filly and it’s surely only a matter of time before connections finally find the key to her. 

Jockey Dane O’Neill can strike aboard Brush Creek at Leicester.


Sophiesticate (8:00 Hamilton)

Scottish trainer Jim Goldie recently celebrated his 1,000th winner and will be hoping to add to that growing tally at Hamilton on Thursday evening with SOPHIESTICATE, who has shown enough in her recent outings at this track to suggest she can get her head in front at the seventh time of asking in this four runner contest. 

Kept busy this season, the three-year-old filly wasn’t disgraced three starts back on her handicap debut when finishing fourth behind George Boughey’’s progressive handicapper Simply Sondheim over the 1m1f trip. Dropped back to a mile on her last two starts at Hamilton, Sophiesticate has been desperately unlucky not to get her head in front on both occasions. Narrowly defeated on her penultimate outing after being slowly away, she then endured no luck in running in the closing stages when a fast-finishing third just over a week ago. 

Priced up as the outsider of four on Thursday, Sophiesticate has a better chance than her odds currently reflect and in receipt of plenty of weight from her three rivals, Jim Goldie’s charge could cause a bit of a surprise here. 

Trainer Jim Goldie (left) can train another winner at Hamilton on Thursday with Sophiesticate.