Tuesday’s Lucky 15 – Our UK Racing Best Bets on February 1
Horse Racing Tips on Tuesday, February 1
There are three meetings spread across Britain on Tuesday, February 1st with the action coming from Ffos Las, Newcastle and Wolverhampton. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Tuesday Lucky 15.
Dr Des (1:50 Ffos Las)
Although his last win came back in 2019, DR DES went close to returning to the winner’s enclosure at Uttoxeter back in December, finishing runner-up by 1l in Class 5 company after giving the eventual winner 16lbs.
Now housed with Peter Bowen, the eleven-year-old had previously reached a career-high mark of 140 when trained by Henry Oliver and certainly looked as if he was returning to form on just his fifth start for new connections last time out off a mark of just 102.
Nudged up 2lb by the handicapper after that latest outing, Peter Bowen’s veteran certainly looks poised to strike from his current mark and rates a confident selection in what appears to be a very modest handicap contest.
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Geryville (2:00 Newcastle)
Formerly trained in France by Francois Cottin, GERYVILLE went down as a horse to follow when powering clear from his rivals on stable debut for Micky Hammond at Wetherby back in October, defying odds of 40/1 in the process in Class 3 company.
The six-year-old confirmed that first success on British soil was no fluke when chasing home David Pipe’s progressive stayer Sidi Ismael on penultimate start over 3miles off a 10lb higher mark, with the pair readily going clear from the rest of the field.
A mark of 120 clearly still looks within range for Micky Hammonds charge and despite being forced to pull up early last time out, Geryville looks to have his optimum conditions on Tuesday afternoon and he can return to winning ways now receiving plenty of weight from his four rivals.
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Gold Clermont (3:20 Ffos Las)
Eighteen runners are scheduled to head to post for this handicap chase and with very little recent winning form on offer, it’s probably best to focus on one of the more unexposed types in this particular contest. Having just her second start over fences at Hereford last time out, GOLD CLERMONT put in a much-improved display over the larger obstacles and despite being no match for the market principals, she still caught the eye when finishing fifth.
Winless in six starts over hurdles, the mare was subject to sustained market support on her first start over fences at Ffos Las but was quickly pulled up by jockey Stan Sheppard after making a bad mistake five from the finish. However, the six-year-old stepped up markedly on her opening chasing debut when racing in a first-time hood at Hereford, travelling well throughout and putting in a much more accomplished round of jumping at the second time of asking.
Tom Lacey’s charge was detached in the rear of the fourteen runner affair that day, but made significant headway down the back straight under considerate handling from her rider and certainly would have finished closer to her rivals if not for a later blunder over the last flight.
Gold Clermont has been dropped 2lb for that improved display and with the yard sending out a few winners in the past couple of weeks, she could go well at generous odds and a repeat of that latest Hereford outing would see her seriously involved in the finish.
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Birdie Bowers (4:50 Wolverhampton)
In a race that is restricted to Amateur jockeys, BIRDIE BOWERS won’t find better opportunities in which to shed his maiden tag and looks the one to follow off a career-low mark of 49 under 7lb claimer Joshua Thompson.
Although Birdie Bowers has found getting his head in front difficult, the five-year-old has shown that he is more than capable of landing a contest such as the one he faces on Tuesday, reaching the frame in three previous outings at Newcastle against much tougher opposition.
A tardy start cost him all winning chance when last seen in January but David Thompson’s charge still made up significant ground on those in front and did extremely well to finish fifth considering the ground he gave away at the beginning of the 6f contest.
If breaking on terms with the rest of the field, Birdie Bowers holds leading claims on gaining a first career success and he at least comes into this in reasonable form which certainly can’t be said for the majority of the twelve runner field.