14:30 Leicester Wed 12 December 2018
- Holly Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)
- 2m 4f 110y,
- 5 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Won both a maiden and a novices' hurdle in the spring, but was unable to maintain his progress on his reappearance in Listed company at Cheltenham last month. More needed from the same mark.
Arrives seeking a hat-trick after wins at both Huntingdon (2m3½f, good) and Exeter (2m5½f, good). Handicapper has kept his mark the same for this handicap debut, and no doubting he has claims.
Completed a hat-trick earlier in the year. Could be competitive from this mark, but looks exposed enough already to suggest that others make greater appeal for win purposes.
Scored here over 1m7½f (good to soft) 13-months ago, on her hurdles debut. Produced a career-best at Market Rasen last time, when beaten just ½L over a similar trip to this. Up 4lb, so more needed, but enters calculations.
Won in handicap company for the first time at Wincanton (2m4f, good to firm) recently, when 66-1, producing a career best. Up 3lb for that, and champion now assigned, so can't rule out a follow-up.
Last Year's Winner
Thahab Ifraj (SP), Hillcrest Fire (SP), Voodoo Doll (SP), Cotswold Way (SP), Weebill (SP)
- Cotswold Way
- Hillcrest Fire
- Thahab Ifraj
Next Race Off
Richard Mann is back in the Nap hot-seat for Wednesday's selection and he heads to Kempton for the bet of the day.
David Ord has a horse-by-horse guide to Saturday's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and tips at 25/1 and 16/1.
Nick Grant makes Zip his best bet at Southwell and he has a tip for every race at the three meetings in the UK.