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Healing Power is the obvious favourite in this Leicester seller but Hollie Doyle's mount has never run on grass before so there's some uncertainty in taking what likely will be a short price. Oakenshield is a decent alternative. He's 0-7 on the all-weather since joining this trainer but it's only a year since he was running well in a Class 3 Ayr handicap (7f, good) off a mark of 86 for Kevin Ryan. Anything close to that level would probably suffice in this company.


Ralph Beckett's horses continue in good form and his Fastnet Rock colt Surefire has a fine chance of making this handicap bow a winning one. He was second in a Windsor novice (1m2f, good to firm) in April on seasonal bow, that first turf run building on his 1m all-weather win at Newcastle in December. The winner from Windsor, Siskany, easily won next time at Sandown off an opening mark of 86, while another couple of the beaten horses have won since. This looks a good starting point for the Juddmonte-owned colt.

Highest Ground

Runner-up in last year's Dante at York on only his third start (having won the first two), Highest Ground has come up short in Group 3s at Newmarket and Sandown either side of his winter layoff in his only two starts since. He was joint-favourite for the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown on his comeback in April but looked in need of the run having raced around in rear. Sir Michael Stoute's son of Frankel finds a decent opportunity to get back to winning ways now.

Sir Taweel

Sir Taweel caused a stir with his win at 28/1 on turf bow at Windsor (1m, good to firm) in April, Mohamed Moubarak's gelding taking a jump forward on what he'd shown previously in four all-weather starts. Last Monday's close fourth over the same C&D showed it was no fluke. Jack Mitchell was on board that evening and was forced to sit and wait for gaps behind horses when his mount was really travelling with gusto. It might have been a different tale had they got motoring earlier and, from the same mark, it's worth siding with David Egan's mount to give this a real go.

About Leicester Racecourse

Opened in 1883, Leicester racecourse situated in Oadby, Leicestershire, holds 30 races throughout the year, consisting of 19 Flat races and 11 National Hunt. The racecourse is oval shaped and nearly 2 miles in extent. The racecourse grounds cover 220 acres of greenery.
Since July 2014, Leicester Racecourse has expanded with the 700sq metre event space; ‘The Kube.’ This spectacular space can hold up to 600 delegates cabaret style and a further 1000 theatre style.

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