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After much deliberating, our sportinglife.com racing team have opted to take on a Venetia Williams-trained runner at Leicester.
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Un Anjou - 2.55 Leicester
Looking at Leicester's card last night, I had more or less decided that I would put up Milo Man in the opener but Evan Williams' promising novice has been chalked up at a shade of odds-on whereas I'd been hoping for a fraction of odds against.
It's not a huge difference but it's sufficient to put me off, for the time being at least. Also on the radar was Tijuca in the finale at Southwell but I had expected to see some support for Ed de Giles' runner.
Backing five year old maiden mares is not something people would normally advise but the booking of Adam Kirby is eyecatching and, being by Captain Rio, it would be no surprise were she to relish this surface while she was in fair form when last seen.
The Limited Handicap Chase at Leicester is a corking race and I could quite easily back all six runners.
I couldn't back Edmund Kean at 5/2 though given his poor reappearance even allowing for his rich promise and I'd struggle to side with Renard d'Irlande at half the price of a horse who finished in front of him at Newbury even allowing for Whats Happening disappointing subsequently.
Le Reve has long looked one for handicaps and it would be no surprise to see a big run from Lucy Wadham's charge and he'd be the one for me (at the prices) as things stand but I'll wait until the Groby Novices' Handicap Chase.
Massena is the warm favourite following an 'unlucky' second at Uttoxeter and he looks to be a typically progressive runner from the in-form yard of Venetia Williams.
I do feel, though, that a price of 7/1 underestimates the chance of Un Anjou who can be backed each-way against the jolly.
Trained by David Dennis, he landed a touch in first time cheekpieces when winning at Warwick in a race where George Nympton, Massena's Uttoxeter conqueror, was beaten 20 lengths.
He failed to back that up over this C&D just three days later - although was hardly disgraced in being beaten under two lengths - but that was on good to firm ground.
The return to this softer surface coupled with the time to recover from those exertions can help him resume his upward curve and, in theory, he should be hard to keep out of the frame.