Our resident tipster has has his eye on a trio of runners at Leicester, including a 7/1 shot.
Charlie Hills has a near 1-3 strike rate at Leicester and SERRADURA, his sole runner this afternoon, looks something to bet on in the opening nursery handicap (due off 2.00pm).
The daughter of Acclamation was easy to back on her Newbury debut (went off 14/1), but she proved far too good for her rivals, despite running green, and she will have learned a lot from that experience. The fact she was given an entry in Saturday’s Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr tells you she is highly regarded at home and she’s presumably taking up this easier option as connections think she’s well treated on a mark of 73. William Buick is booked to do the steering.
The seven-furlong seller run later on the card (3.30pm) can go to the Mark Tompkins-trained LEGAL ART. The daughter of Dutch Art showed some promise on the all-weather back in February, finishing second on a couple of occasions, and ran better than her finishing position of fifth (of seven) at Carlisle in July would suggest. Trying a mile for the first time, she closed up smoothly from off the pace over a furlong out and looked a big threat, only to fade close home. She also lost a shoe during the race, which wouldn’t have helped her cause.
While she’s not raced since, this represents a big drop in class and the drop back to 7f should suit. Her veteran trainer doesn’t have many runners, let alone winners these days, but he struck with an 11/1 shot at Beverley last week and his runners are always worth a second look these type of races. Strictly on the ratings, she has it to do to beat Richard Hannon’s Wild Tobacco, who is 20lb superior, but that horse has shown nothing in two starts this season and is no value at 15/8, whereas the selection can be backed at a tasty 7/1.
Richard Fahey continues to bang home the winners, with six coming on Saturday alone, including the Ayr Gold Cup with Don’t Touch. STARDRIFTER is clearly one one of the stable lesser lights, but he’s still won a couple of races this season and has kept his form well since scoring at Carlisle in July, finishing second the last twice. He was beaten less than a length by the progressive Erik The Red at Beverley last time and if he runs up to a similar level of form here, he should be able to get his head back in front.