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Rory Delargy preview 22nd September 2014

Rory Delargy of the Irish Field preview three races at Leicester for RacingFM – hear his thoughts on the live program throughout today and the week ahead…..


Leicester – 


2.00pm, Class 5 Nursury Handicap 5f 218y


This looks a very tough heat, with plenty who can be given a chance, including dual C&D winner White Vin Jin and Brighton maiden winner Renaissant. It may pay to take a chance on Roxie Lot, however, who has travelled well in a trio of starts at 7f, and while she’s bred to stay well, looks to be crying out for this drop back in trip.


She’s proven at the track, having finished a creditable fourth in a maiden here last month, showing speed to lead some classier types than she meets today before fading inside the distance. She’ll need to build on that, but gives the impression there’s improvement to come now handicapping, and could be overpriced given her less-than-trendy connections.


4.00pm, Class 3 Handicap 5f


Smart Daisy K may have missed most of the 2014 Flat season, but she’s swiftly making up for lost time after reappearing at Doncaster only five weeks ago. She was understandably ring-rusty there, but showed that she’d lost nothing in terms of speed, and she built on that effort when an excellent third at Haydock despite being drawn away from the main action. She was always in the van when winning cosily at Bath last time, and that looked a decent race for the track, with the progressive Random Success back in third.


On the basis of that run, it’s easy to conclude that Andrew Hollinshead’s 4-y-o filly is better than ever, and she’s fresher than most she’ll face this autumn, so is expected to go on to better things. Today’s task is a little tougher given a 4 lb rise, but she’s expected to shrug that off, and looks one to follow for the remainder of the turf season.


5.30pm, Class 5 Hands and Heels Apprentice Handicap 7f


Several of these either race prominently or have led in the past, but on balance Persian Bolt is still one of the more likely ones for the front running role and is the sort of ride Jenny Powell does well on (horses rarely seem to need much motivation to go forward under her, and this aspect of a jockey’s armory is often undervalued).


She ran well again last time (with a female apprentice aboard) at Chepstow when the weights weren’t in her favour and that was the third time in the last five runs she’s been beaten under a length. Proven over this C&D after a good run here in July, whilst others come out slightly better on the figures she’s proving very consistent at present and should be on the premises again. She appeals as either an anchor for each-way bets, or as a back-to-lay vehicle.


Rory Delargy


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