Racing pundit Chris Roke from PicksfromthePaddock.co.uk has teamed up with The Lancashire Evening Post to preview the three best bets of the day.
We start today’s racing with a three year old plus handicap. Siouxperhero comes here seeking a four timer; he had a lot of work to do to gain his hat trick but was strongly driven home and got there by a neck. He’s up another two pounds for that success and may find this harder today.
Ty Gwr hasn’t been seen for 298 days and was beaten by half a length in his last outing after being sent off red-hot favourite. The horse has every chance to amend that today but the long babes cue is a big concern.
Postscript is an interesting one, he last won over a year ago off a 3Lb higher mark, he finished a respected 4th on his latest outing in better company than this and should be the most likely challenger to my selection.
Maverik is my pick here and would be ignored at your peril. He’s only having his second run of the season and may have needed the last race to get race fit. He was successful off this handicap mark on the artificial surface at the end of last year and it looks worth taking a risk on a horse at a very smart price.
Selection: Maverik (E/W)
We stay at Leicester for our second race preview.
Shades Of Silver will probably go off favourite here tonight, he looked to have a lot more in hand when winning comfortably last time out and runs off the same mark today Andrade the ability to go in again.
Tunnel Tiger is climbing up the weights but without actually winning; he was closing in on the winner last time out to finish a good second and must go on the shortlist on that form.
The biggest contender and my selection is Mercury Magic. He’s been there or thereabouts as of late and finished a respectable second when last seen on the turf in a scrappy race, where he was closing down the leader with every stride. He is only two pound higher in the handicap and has every chance to be in the places again today.
Selection: Mercury Magic (E/W)
We end the day away from the flat and take in a race over the jumps.
Toe To Toe and Jawahal Du Mathan battled it out in the closing stages over course and distance three weeks ago, where Toe To Toe won by a couple of lengths on that occasion. The latter ran again two days later and once again found one too good. Both have been hiked up in the weights and despite their good course efforts I’m going to oppose them.
Jockey Conor Shoemark won this race last year but may find this harder today with Sweet Sugar; he was pulled up on his latest race when trying to compete with these two and will probably find this just as tough an ask again today.
Bennys Quest could make this an interesting race; he has won over both course and distance in the past and is now down in the weights, he has every chance to cause an upset here.
Selection: Bennys Quest (E/W)
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