Racing Guide: Leicester provides sole Jumps card

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There's a six-race Jumps card at Leicester on Thursday
There's a six-race Jumps card at Leicester on Thursday

Today's pointers come from Leicester...

1. Vocaliser to continue fine form at Leicester

A win and a second are the net result of Vocaliser's two previous visits to Leicester races, so it makes sense trainer Robin Dickin should send him back to the east midlands track for the 0-105 handicap chase due off at 14.00. Although he hasn't won for nearly two years he did run well at Sedgefield when runner up nine days ago, and is now a whopping 22 pounds lower in the handicap than when last successful. 

2. Hughes looking to make Waves with Williams

It's a rarity to see champion jockey elect Brian Hughes riding for Grand National-winning trainer Venetia Williams, but that's what the northern Irishman does in the 14.30 Leicester, partnering her runner Quick Wave in this small field mares' handicap chase. First time cheekpieces are fitted on a horse who should enjoy going right handed given how she jumped to her right at left handed Warwick last time out. Hughes leads the jockeys' standings with 126 victories for the campaign so far. 

3. Veteran Dontminddboys lines up on a winnable mark

Two successes from just three visits mark Dontminddboys down as something of a course specialist where Leicester is concerned, so keep an eye out for the lightly weighted veteran in the 15.00 contest. The now 11-year-old ran okay when second last time out and has slipped back to his last winning mark. 

4. Former Grade 2 winner heads to Leicester on Thursday

Race of the day! There may only be four runners but there's a good dollop of quality on display in the 15.30 Leicester, spearheaded by top weight First Flow in this two mile novices' limited handicap chase. Kim Bailey's talented eight-year-old was a Grade 2 winner over hurdles back in 2018 and has already done well over the larger obstacles, gaining experience including a victory at Hereford plus an excellent effort when narrowly defeated at Sandown Park last time out. For his part, Bailey has his string in good nick, sending out winners with four of his last 11 runners. 

5. Murphy to score with sole runner at Leicester

Doing well both on the Flat and over the sticks, up and coming trainer Olly Murphy really is on quite a high at present, enjoying five winners from his last 14 runners, a tally which includes a breakthrough Grade 1 success courtesy of Itchy Feet in Sandown Park's Scilly Isles Novices' Chase. He has just one runner today, top weight Mistercobar in the 16.00 Leicester. Murphy steps the eight year old up in trip after he ran a cracker over a shorter distance at this venue last time out, a display which earned a four pound rise from the assessor.

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