3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Theatre Honours 4.00 @ 5/2
Red Astaire 8.30 @ 3/1
Thank The Lord 9.00 @ 5/1
Selected Leicester – good to firm on this stiff and galloping track
2.00 The odds on fav is recent Redcar winner Hurt You Never , which puts her back on a stiff looking mark , but still respected in the context of this race . I prefer the chancer Of Almodovar Del Rio, who tends to run his race and is on the same mark as his fast ground win last year at this trip .
1/4pt win Almodovar Del Rio @ 7/1
4.00 Leicester maidens frequently have types from good stables who use this as a stepping stone before going on to greater things . The bookies are undecided regarding To Catch A Thief , Ziryab and Theatre Honours , and preference is for the latter , a good 2nd on debut in a deep looking Newmarket maiden .
1/2pt win Theatre Honours @ 5/2
5.05 Roaring Ralph fully appreciated the quick ground when storming home at Redcar , but the 6 pound hit and the rise in grade could be too much to overcome . Bird Of Play won well at Haydock last time , with Starlight Nation a length back In 4th , and taken to gain revenge on this stiffer track and a 2 pound pull .
1/4pt win Starlight Nation @ 7/2
No Leicester placepot
Selected Southwell – good ground on this flat and sharp track
4.20 The consistent yet luckless Presenting Pete finally gained a much deserved win last season , winning over C&D , off just a 2 pound lower mark than today . His recent comeback race was encouraging and ticks the most boxes in a winnable heat .
1/4pt win Pretending Pete @ 5/2
4.50 PREMIUM RACE
No Southwell placepot
Selected Lingfield – all weather – polytrack
6.30 Victors Dream has gone close in his both handicap runs and was only a short head behind over C&D last time . Well drawn and runs off the same mark . Should be third time lucky .
1/2pt win Victor’s Dream @ 5/4
7.00 The lightly raced Dark Kestrel sluiced in last time at Donny, a run which puts him on a very favourable looking mark in his handicap and all weather debut . I prefer a play on Lulworth Cove , whose form has plenty of substance , and little wrong with his 2nd last time behind one who went on to land a handicap hat-trick .
1/4pt win Lulworth Cove @ 5/1
8.45 PREMIUM RACE
No Lingfield placepot
Selected Wetherby – good to firm on this galloping and slightly stiff track
5.45 Tantalus has run well in two of his three handicaps, and on the other occasion , got bogged down on deep ground . He was a good 2nd at Catterick last time , with a long way back to anything else . He stays on the same mark and this interim trip should suit fine . It’s hard getting excited about the prospects of modest rivals .
1/2pt win Tantalus @ 11/8
7.20 Lilikoi did very well when waiting tactics were a little overcooked as she finished strongly to be a close 3rd over C&D last time . Sophia’s Starlight is a tough front runner , who may find it hard to dominate over a sharp C&D .
1/4pt win Lilikoi @ 2/1
7.55 Blue Yonder has won his last two handicaps in some style . He’s 6 pounds higher and is trying quick ground for the first time but still gets the vote . The fav is handicapping newcomer Opera Legend , who runs for a top Southern stable , whose opening mark looks well workable judged on his latest effort , but he did get the run of the race from the front and goes up 3 furlongs .
1/4pt win Blue Yonder @ 11/4
8.30 Only a neck separated Red Astaire and Muddy Land when 2nd and 3rd of 15 behind the massively improved Danzart . They are likely to fight out the finish again in a race of few serious contenders , and the tip can hold on for a deserved win .
1/2pt win Red Astaire : 3/1
9.00 Simon Hodgson is a very underrated trainer , who gets the very best out of his charges . He has a terrific record when making rare visits up North and runs recent Bath 3rd Thank The Lord , and the form was boosted by a fine win by the 2nd recently . Expect a prominent ride and he sees the trip out well .
1/2pt win Thank The Lord @ 5/1