Racing tip of the day

  • By: Ian Ogg
  • Last Updated: February 13 2014, 15:28 GMT

Noble Legend can put his Classic disappointment behind him to win at Leicester according to our racing team.

Andrew Thornton partners Noble Legend at Leicester today
Andrew Thornton partners Noble Legend at Leicester today

Noble Legend - 3.40 Leicester

It's good news from the East Midlands track with officials able to give their meeting the go-ahead before the time of their planned inspection and there's a decent little card in store for racegoers too.

It does appear as though it could be another benefit day for Venetia Williams who looks set to saddle three favourites while it would be no surprise were Titchwood to prove popular given that he's AP McCoy's only mount of the day and he doesn't even sport those famous green and gold hoops.

It would be more surprising were Noble Legend to prevail given that the top-weight is 10/1 and drifting as he bids for the honour of being the outsider of the sextet with Billy Cuckoo.

You may think I'm cuckoo but I don't think those odds reflect his chance of winning this contest for all that the short-priced favourite looks a progressive chaser who is officially ahead of the handicapper, carrying, as he does, a 7lb penalty for his win at Market Rasen for which he was raised by 13lbs.

Benefit Cut made the running that day and that's a tactic often employed by Rydalis while almost all of the other runners have either raced prominently or forced the pace at some time or another.

The jockeys won't want to take each other on so something will be sorted out no doubt but there is a chance that the jolly won't get an uncontested lead while he's always had plenty of time between his races in the past and there's a chance that this might come too soon with the handicapper rather forcing connections hands these days with double figure rises commonplace.

Noble Legend has made the running but he's equally content to track the pace and he stays a little further which will come in handy if they do set a searching gallop.

His form figures are by no means as bad as they first appear with his first two runs of the season coming at a time when the yard was badly out of form and in competitive handicaps at Wetherby and Haydock. The latter contest was over three miles and he didn't appear to see out the trip that day or at Warwick on his latest start having returned to form over two miles five in between.

He may have been pulled up in the Classic Chase at the Midlands venue but he jumped and travelled brilliantly for a long way until folding in the three mile five furlong contest.

He's won seven of his 15 starts over fences and is, essentially, a progressive chaser who looks capable of making further improvement and his price just looks plain wrong this afternoon.

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