Naizagai stands a nice chance, given his weight and ensuring comparison to his rating. He was just touched off at Taunton, when conceding weight. He took a step back down to two miles, last time out, at Warwick. He wasn’t at his best, making a few mistakes and finishing a well beaten fourth. He’s not out of the reckoning and might well enjoy his first spin around Leicester.
Dreamsundermyfeet has already won four times this season and is yet to place outside of the top three. He shouldn’t have a problem with the ground and has been treated nicely, considering his recent form. However, he’s taking a large step down in distance today, having been racing in excess of over four furlongs further than today. Coupled with a below par performance at Southwell last time out, he seems an opposable favourite.
Only Money has been improving with each run this season and wasn’t disgraced in a small runner handicap, last time out. He runs off a mark that’s 2 lbs lower today and shouldn’t have a problem with the ground. He shouldn’t be deterred by the new track and off a lower mark, he could add to the terrific form that connections are in.
ONLY MONEY (WIN)
Mekbat was given a nice introduction on his debut at Lingfield and he should come on quite a bit for the race. His breeding suggests that he might enjoy the step down in trip that today poses and should be less green, given he’s already ran on a racetrack. However, connections aren’t in fantastic form and he might just need a few more races to find his stride and hone his craft.
Tranquil Night wasn’t disgraced on debut and commands respect for very inform connections. He’s well bred and should be suited by the seven furlongs today. He might well have ran better on his debut if he hadn’t hung left and nearly collided with another horse. That being said, the fact that he’s been gelded and wears a hood, on only his second ever start, is slightly concerning.
Fellowship is a half brother to William Knight’s stable stalwart, Sir Busker and makes his debut today under Callum Shepperd. Knight is in quite good form lately and it seems that this race might have been earmarked for him, given that he refused to enter the stalls at Newcastle, last month. If he can overcome the coltish behaviour, then he could be a large price for the same combination that were successful in this race last year.
written by Kieran McHugh