Leicester Betting Tips
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It’s not everyday that six-furlong handicaps are won by five lengths and HURT YOU NEVER, who did just that at Redcar last week in some style, will take the world of beating under a 5lb penalty if in a similar mood here. Gilt Edge hasn’t hit the target for a while but she’s dropped to a potentially handy mark and could be the one to follow the selection home.
ETIHAD RAIL was a cheap purchase as a yearling but fared better than most of those who cost far more on his debut at Newbury 18 days ago, showing a fair level of ability while also leaving the impression he would come on for the run. That race is a traditionally strong one and that experience won’t be lost on him, so he looks the way to go. Bits and Bobs and Cheeky Blimey make the most appeal of the newcomers before market clues.
There was plenty to like about the way SHAZAM did the job on her handicap debut upped to this trip at Lingfield last week and, with the best surely yet to come from this well-bred filly, she will take plenty of stopping under a penalty with top apprentice Billy Loughnane offsetting half of it. Jimmy Mark is feared most having improved when opening his account at Bath recently but don’t be surprised should Midsummer Dance leave her previous form behind now that she ventures down the handicap route herself.
MAKEEN finished nearer last than first on his reappearance but he shaped much better when finishing third on his latest run at Newmarket. He went like the best horse at the weights on that occasion and arguably should have won, still travelling well when hampered entering the final furlong and having to switch to get a run. Makeen finished with running left and is taken to gain compensation now racing from the same mark. Ernie’s Valentine put in good late work when third at Goodwood last time and, likely to benefit from the return to a stiffer track (sole turf win was gained here as a juvenile), he looks a big threat.
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The form of the Charlie Appleby yard is a slight concern at present but THEATRE HONOURS ran to a high level when runner-up on his debut at Newmarket 18 days ago, beaten only by a promising colt who looked potentially smart in defying a penalty. He seems sure to take a step forward after that initial experience and, even on that running, he should take plenty of stopping. Ziryab was no match for his exciting stablemate at York but is still a clear next best ahead of well-bred newcomer Dubai Dreamer.
BRAVE KNIGHT became yet another Sir Mark Prescott-trained horse who showed much improved form stepped up significantly in trip for his handicap debut, opening his account with more in hand than the official margin suggests at Windsor last month. The steady pace set by the leaders masked his authority, and he should have much more to offer after a 5 lb rise, still very much unexposed after all. Fairbanks is another who took a big step forward when making a winning handicap debut at Haydock so is the obvious threat.
It’s hard to look beyond ROARING RALPH, who quickly put the race to bed when coming from off the pace to open his account in first-time blinkers at Redcar last week. He is a step ahead of the handicapper under a 5 lb penalty and will be hard to contain if the headgear has the same effect. Starlight Nation was only a length adrift of the winner Bird of Play at Haydock 12 days ago and, armed with a 2 lb pull, he is taken to reverse those placings and provide the main threat.
Leicester Betting Tips
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