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1pt e.w. Handsome in 7.35 Leicester at 13/2 (bet365 1/4 1,2,3) - minimum 6/1
1pt e.w. Aveta in 7.50 Windsor at 11/1 (bet365 1/5 1,2,3) – minimum 8/1
Both of us are reasonably keen on the prospects of James Fanshawe’s HANDSOME as a handicapper, and while he meets several with similar profiles in a 1¼m handicap tonight, he looks very reasonably handicapped, and shaped with plenty of promise on his return over this trip at Windsor, finishing a few lengths ahead In The Breeze at levels, and now better off with that rival as the pair move into handicaps. James Fanshawe has done well with his three-year-olds at Leicester over the years (6-24 in the last decade), and while that’s true of other trainers represented here, it remains a positive, while his wide draw is not the negative it would appear.
In middle-distance races at Leicester, the disadvantage lies with those drawn in the inside stalls – if you backed stalls 1 & 2 blind in double figure fields, you’d have won just 11 times from 212 runs, and lost £1473.40 to a tenner, and the widest stalls produce the best strike-rate, and also the best results as a % of rivals beaten (PRB). It’s not a goldmine, but it’s a positive for those ridden as such, and a negative to two of the better-fancied runners in this contest.
As a half-brother to the likes of the likes of Ranch Hand and Victoria Pollard from a smart family, Handsome may want even further than tonight’s trip, but he’s by a speedier influence in Kodiac and tonight’s race should present a fair test of stamina at the trip. He coped well with soft ground on his debut when just half a length behind Lingfield Derby Trial runner-up Adayar, and that can’t be said for a few of his opponents, so any further showers will be a boost to his chances.
There are a few interesting newcomers in the Eddy May Centenary Maiden Fillies' Stakes, but there’s no substitute for experience, and while AVETA could make limited impact on her racecourse debut at Nottingham in November, she was given a considerate introduction, and kept on in encouraging fashions after missing the kick.
She proved there that she handles soft ground, and the daughter of Gleneagles represents a trainer and jockey in fine form.
The winner of that Nottingham race was Eshaada, who won the Listed Haras du Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial at Newbury on Saturday. That paints her debut effort in a better light, and she looks sure to improve for that education, with Ralph Beckett’s runners profitable to follow blind on their second racecourse appearance.
Published at 1116 BST on 17/05/21
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