Red alert at Leicester
Chris Wilson previews Tuesday's meetings in the UK and makes Leicester runner Rouge Et Blanc his nap.
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CHEPSTOW: 12.50 Nutin Fancy, 1.20 Uimhir A Seacht, 1.55 Sail And Return, 2.30 Shangani, 3.00 Dalrymple, 3.35 Loughalder, 4.05 Call A Truce.
LEICESTER: 12.30 Irish Buccaneer, 1.00 Mujamead, 1.35 Cool Touch, 2.10 Minella Class, 2.40 Goodtoknow, 3.15 ROUGE ET BLANC (NAP), 3.45 Thunderstorm.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 2.20 Mr Knightley, 2.50 Coastal Passage, 3.25 We Are City, 3.55 Strike Force, 4.25 Frontier Fighter, 4.55 Iron Duke, 5.25 Fleetwoodsands
DOUBLE: Rouge Et Blanc and Fleetwoodsands.
A worthy ally could emerge from a challenging card at Leicester in the shape of Rouge Et Blanc.
Oliver Sherwood's eight-year-old shot up the ratings following an easy victory at Folkestone in December, but has, on the whole, held his form well.
That claim was highlighted by a solid second in a novices' handicap chase at Ascot, where he got to within a length and a half of the above-average Eastlake - even though he lost both of his front shoes.
He again occupied the runners-up berth at Wincanton five days later when he was usurped from the front by Rody.
Rouge Et Blanc is 5lb higher for the Groby Novices' Handicap Chase, which is far from ideal, but he is a pretty genuine customer with a fondness for testing conditions.
Those attributes alone may well be enough to take this humble-looking encounter.
Sail And Return bids to double up in the coral.co.uk Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow.
Phil Middleton's inmate is not exactly renowned for his reliability, but made a slightly surprising return to the winner's enclosure at Uttoxeter on his last start in November.
Despite having made a bit of a hash of the final flight, the nine-year-old still had enough in the locker to defeat Storm Alert by a neck, for which he has been raised 5lb.
Sail And Return gave every indication at Uttoxeter a step up to three miles could now be ideal at this stage of his career - especially if the ground remains heavy.
Call A Truce is also an interesting runner in the Crown Racing Pagham Standard Open NH Flat Race.
The Ben Case-trained five-year-old has shaped promisingly in two similar races, most notably when he finished third behind the likeable Fiddlers Bid at Ascot.
Case will no doubt be keen to get a win in the bag with this one before he is sent over hurdles.
Looking to the all-weather fare, Fleetwoodsands can leave the best until last in Wolverhampton's finale.
The Milton Bradley-trained gelding is six times a winner at Dunstall Park and gave a significant indication his time is again near a week ago.
Sent on his way a 6-1 chance over this course and distance, the six-year-old son of Footstepsinthesand was forced to race very wide, which arguably damaged his chances of success.
Nothing was finishing with as much vigour, though, as Liam Keniry's partner stayed on to finish fourth.
Granted a cleaner passage and more forceful tactics, he would unquestionably have got much closer to the winner, Rosie's Lady.
Fleetwoodsands has, happily, been left untouched by the assessor for the concluding Free Bet Bonanza Now At bookmakers.co.uk Handicap.
A mark of 52 crucially gives him every chance given he was successful 12 months ago off a 13lb lower mark.
We Are City is a good supplementary wager in the coral.co.uk Handicap.
The Elusive City filly is hardly a rising star at Michael Bell's Newmarket yard, but she warrants support at this level.
We Are City has already shown plenty of pace in similar races over this course and distance, having finished a reasonable fourth in a seller here in October.
The handicapper was not that convinced, however, and has removed another 4lb from her back for this encounter.
Bell's representative admittedly does not boast an upwardly-mobile profile, but she really ought to be winning off a mark of 61.