The time has come for The Golden Hour at Leicester
The declaration of wind ops has already highlighted a couple of winners and THE GOLDEN HOUR (4.20) is another who could benefit from a recent trip to the vets.
Zoe Davison’s eight-year-old hasn’t got home in a couple of handicaps this season, but she is coming down the weights and the pick of last winter’s form would give her a chance off this declining mark. It also looks significant that her East Sussex trainer has booked James Bowen.
SNEAKING BUDGE (3.50) spent a year on the sidelines after pulling up at Uttoxeter in November 2016 but has suggested the ability remains with a couple of reasonable displays since his comeback. He finished fourth in a Class 3 contest over course and distance in November and then found 2m4f slightly too far at Huntingdon on Boxing Day.
Stuart Edmunds’ six-year-old has dropped to a career-low mark and his sole success came on heavy ground, so he will enjoy these conditions.
MR LOVE (3.15) was a beaten favourite at Wetherby last time out, but he showed enough to suggest he would be winning soon. The six-year-old was making his chase debut after an eight-month break and got tired in the closing stages, but that run will have blown away the cobwebs and this slightly shorter trip will suit.
Dan Skelton will be keeping his fingers crossed that this meeting survives an early-morning inspection because all three of his potential runners have decent claims, including SOLO SAXOPHONE (1.10).
The four-year-old made a successful start to his hurdles career at Catterick in December.
The son of Frankel looked in trouble turning for home, but he responded to pressure and was well on top by the line. There is more to come as he gains experience.
The 2m3½f handicap chase looks competitive despite having just four runners, with CARALINE (3.30) favoured.
Micky Hammond’s seven-year-old spent a while in the doldrums after rattling off a four-timer two years ago, but she got back to winning ways in a new tongue-tie here last month, setting off in front and never looking in any real danger.
She will again be hard to catch if allowed to dictate and can see off Catamaran Du Seuil.
MIDNIGHT MALIBU (3.05) has shown a liking for this surface recently and has every chance of making it three out of three on Fibresand in the feature 5f handicap.
She won on her course debut in November and, after finishing just fifth at Lingfield, took her form to a new level when returning three weeks ago, staying on strongly to deny fellow track specialist Razin’ Hell. A 2lb rise may not be enough to stop Tim Easterby’s mare.
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