Tuesday’s Lucky 15 Tips – Our UK Racing Best Bets On January 4
Horse Racing Tips on Tuesday, January 4
There are three meetings spread across Britain on Tuesday with the action coming from Hereford, Lingfield, and Newcastle. Our expert tipster has produced their best bets across the cards, which make up our advised Tuesday Lucky 15.
She’s Sophie (13:00 Lingfield)
This isn’t the strongest of Handicaps and although Exceling will be fancied to get back to winning ways by connections she is taken on at the prices this time around with SHE’S SOPHIE who has faired better than her recent form figures suggest.
David Evans’ filly wasn’t disgraced on her penultimate start at Wolverhampton after showing plenty of early pace over 5f, and despite finishing sixth on that occasion, she was only beaten 3l at the line in that maiden contest.
A line can also be drawn through the two-year-olds most recent start at Southwell as she didn’t handle Southwell’s unique racing surface despite attracting some support at big prices in the market before the off.
Connections now step the filly back up to 6f which appears to be her optimum distance at this early stage of her career and if getting an uncontested lead in this low-grade handicap, she could take a fair bit of catching on the front end with jockey Gina Mangan claiming a handy 5lb.
Big Boy Bobby (13:15 Hereford)
Alan King has a tremendous record with his Juvenile hurdle recruits and the Barbury Castle trainer could have another smart prospect on his hands with BIG BOY BOBBY.
The four-year-old reached a mark of 78 on the level when trained by Roger Charlton and displayed clear signs of ability last summer including when landing a handicap over an extended 1m1f at Brighton before finding the frame over 1m4f at Wolverhampton on penultimate start in September.
Big Boy Bobby certainly won’t lack for stamina on hurdle/stable debut and he has sound claims of making his first start over the smaller obstacles a winning one.
Art Of Diplomacy (13:45 Hereford)
ART OF DIPLOMACY made the perfect start to life with Dr Richard Newland as the six-year-old landed a 3mile handicap hurdle at Ludlow last November in convincing style.
That was the six-year-olds first career success over hurdles but was certainly unlucky not to experience more victories for previous connections, including when falling at the last four starts ago at Huntingdon when looking the likeliest winner.
There should be more to come now Art Of Diplomacy has got his head in front for this new yard and the 8lb rise for that latest victory should not be enough to prevent a follow up for Dr Richard Newland’s unexposed charge.
Birdie Bowers (17:30 Newcastle)
Trainer David Thompson will be confident of finally picking up a win with BIRDIE BOWERS who now makes plenty of appeal off a career-low mark of 49 now contesting a weak Class 6 contest.
The five-year-old has hinted in recent starts that he is not far away from finally making his way into the winner’s enclosure and has posted third-place finishes on his last two visits to Newcastle over 6f.
Birdie Bowers was sent off a well-backed second favourite last time out at Southwell after those previous placed efforts but met plenty of interference over 7f and could never get competitive under jockey Callum Rodriguez. Despite finishing tenth, David Thompson’s charge was only beaten 3.75l at the winning line.
Jockey Connor Beasley takes over the reins and now reverting back to 6f, Birdie Bowers faces several out of form rivals and won’t find a better opportunity to break the maiden tag.