Tuesday’s 17,803/1 Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets On June 28
There is plenty of racing to savour throughout the day on Tuesday. With two afternoon meetings from Hamilton and Brighton, as well as a trio of evening cards at Chepstow, Roscommon and Stratford, there is lots to enjoy. Check our our 17,803/1 Lucky 15 best bets of the day below.
Head Chef (1.45 Hamilton)
Course and distance winner Shaladar arrives off the back of that success, but David O’Meara’s HEAD CHEF catches the eye at the prices on recent form.
Though he has been soundly beaten in three of his four handicap starts this season, his one victory, at Ripon at the start of this month, reads very well up against a pair of opponents who are shorter prices here. All of May Punch, Timbukone and Come On John were behind that day and the swing at the weights between that race and this would probably have seen a similar result.
The first-named was only beaten a neck but was under sustained pressure from the winner from a long way out and Tim Easterby’s filly only gets a 1lb pull in the handicap with Head Chef. On that form, he has a much better chance than the odds suggest.
The son of Awtaad has not always been straightforward in his races, but Danny Tudhope is back aboard from that Ripon success.
Hortzadar (2.45 Hamilton)
Another for O’Meara and Tudhope is the seven-year-old HORTZADAR, a veteran of big 1m handicaps across the country in the last few seasons.
Given the current favourite for this race, Ghaly, has not run for 662 days, this could significantly open up. Hortzadar, meanwhile, has gradually begun to fall in the weights after a decent start to this season.
He was a runner-up in Listed company at Redcar, suffered a narrow one-length defeat in fourth at Newmarket, and then won at Ripon, off a mark of 91. Since then, he has contested some very strong handicaps, finding life tough off 95.
However, the handicapper has dropped him 2lb after finishing down the field at Royal Ascot. He was not totally disgraced that day, or at York two starts prior and could easily compete off this mark. His current price offers up excellent each-way value.
My Boy Jack (4.10 Brighton)
Trainer Tom Clover struck with four runners in a row between the 20th-23rd June, which has ensured that he has a 29% strike rate in the last two weeks.
One of those was a 12/1 shot and MY BOY JACK may not go off too much shorter. Nevertheless, he has been shaping in the right direction in recent runs and could appreciate this step up to 1m after a promising effort over 7f last time.
Brighton so often favours horses who run well at the track. King Of War, while impressive last time, is now 5lb higher than when third over course and distance. While My Boy Jack only filled the same position earlier this month, it represented significant improvement on his previous two efforts.
He was also dropped 2lb for that run, ensuring a 5lb swing with runner-up Sun Emperor. His trainer’s form could ensure he finds a little improvement too.
Beamish (7.40 Roscommon)
This Listed race looks open for the taking. The likes of Jason The Militant and Yaxeni have impressed at this level recently, but there may be room for one of the less exposed types to use this as a springboard to bigger things.
Fumata’s maiden-winning form looks hot, but BEAMISH represents the in-form Paddy Twomey. Six of Twomey’s last nine runners have been placed, four of those winning, including La Petite Coco in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the weekend.
Beamish has won both his races, not having made his debut until the summer of his three-year-old season last year. He then spent another 334 days on the sidelines before he won an open contest at Killarney. The runner-up is rated 87 and Billy lee did not have to get too serious with Beamish once he hit the front.
There is every chance this son of Teofilo has more to come, including a tilt at victory at this level. Group options may await afterwards.