Our racing expert likes the look of three runners at Leicester this afternoon - all at decent prices.
KICK ON KICK ON was bitterly disappointing when sent off favourite at Wolverhampton last time but there were excuses and Clive Cox’s three-year-old may well be able to bounce back against more exposed rivals in the 5f handicap, given that he still has scope for improvement after just six starts.
He’s won three of those, all over this trip and including on his seasonal reappearance at Windsor in July. He looked a sprinter going places on that occasion, which made his latest effort all the more hard to fathom. However, he was stuck wide with no cover for most of the way and the vet reported that he was coughing afterwards.
He’s had over three weeks to get over whatever was ailing him and his stable has been the amongst the winners of late, so I’m prepared to give him another chance now back at the scene of his debut success last season (5f, good).
The 6f nursery looks a real puzzle with 16 set to go post but one who might run well at a price is John Gallagher’s MAID FROM THE MIST. She’s still a maiden after six starts but, having shown only a modicum of promise on the first five of those, she ran much better when third at Brighton last time after a short break.
That was only an ordinary maiden and the form is nothing to get excited about, but she finished on the front foot over the 51/2f trip, suggesting she will appreciate today’s extra half furlong, and it also qualified her for a mark of just 59.
That gets her into this nursery off near bottom weight and she also benefits from the 5lb claim of Rhiain Ingram, who booted home a 14/1 for the same stable only seven days ago.
Mick Appleby ended a long losing spell with an across the card double (8/1 and 11/2) on Saturday and that bodes well for his SIDE EFFECT, one of two stable runners at the track in the 1m fillies’ handicap.
She has had fewer runs than her rivals and just a couple of starts for her current stable, having been switched from Johnny Murtagh at the beginning of August, doing best when finishing a keeping on fourth on her handicap debut at Catterick (7f) at the end of that month.
That effort gives her a decent chance on form in what is a fairly ordinary handicap, with the extra furlong in her favour, and she can surely pick up a race off her current mark of 66 when you consider that the two horses that finished in front of her are now rated 100 and 87. With talented apprentice talented Theodore Ladd booked and taking a further 5lb off her back, it may well be today.
All odds were correct at time of posting.