Three selections from three different meetings for Friday's racing.
The first race at Yarmouth doesn't appear to be the strongest of contests, with arguably the top two in the market having much the best chance of winning. Out of the two, I think AKKERINGA offers more convincing form.
His recent run at this track was a very nice run, with the front two pulling 5 lengths clear of the rest of the field, which suggests that they were both ahead of their marks. Akkeringa's handicap mark hasn't been touched for that recent run, but will be raised 5lbs as of next week, so he is 5lbs well in. He travelled throughout the race like the best horse, but was ultimately out battled by the winner, who was carrying 5lbs less weight but was 4lbs higher rated.
The step up in trip shouldn't be an issue based on his pedigree, with both Sire and Dam staying 7f or further. The ground will probably be good-to-soft at the time of racing, but I imagine it will be quite tacky/dead ground, which could suit Akkeringa who seemed to benefit from the slow ground she encountered last time. His pedigree suggests that slower ground will probably be ideal.
The form of his races has worked out quite well, with horses such as Navajo Spring (finished 2 lengths in front of Akkeringa) winning easily since, producing an RPR of 82.
The race at Wolverhampton, where Akkeringa was making his seasonal reappearance, has produced good form. He was behind Stylish Performer, and that horse has since won again and is now rated 86. Excel Power and Granary Queen were behind that day, both have won since, and Excel Power has improved massively, now rated 85.
The 10lb difference in weight will make it hard for Numoor, who will be Akkeringa's main threat.
Tony Coyle has finally decided to give EY UP IT'S MAGGIE an easier task, and drops her in class, into a Class 4.
Since winning a maiden, for whatever reason, Tony has campaigned her in extremely tough races, such as a couple of Class 1's, and then recently a very competitive Class 3 sprint at York. Though she was carrying a very low weight at York, I think she ran a brilliant race. She was off the bridle, but she got a second wind and started to pick up again towards the end. I think the apprentice that day looked quite weak in the finish, and looked to stop trying, as she was travelling very well. Today, Kevin Stott gets back on her, and he was on her the day she won her only race, so that's a positive jockey booking.
I think she could be overlooked in this race. The fact she races against her own sex for the first time since running in a Group 3 will be beneficial, as she has been competing against the boys for most of the time, which is always a tough ask for a filly.
Back into a Class 6 race saw CHERRY COLA bounce back to form with a 0.5 length second finish. That trip probably isn't her ideal trip, which was visible by the way she took the lead in the final furlong but simply got outstayed towards the end, so the drop back to 12f should be perfect.
A mark of 64 means she is on a winning mark, as she last won off a mark of 65. She is meant to go up 2lbs for her recent second, so she is currently 2lb well in.
The fast ground won't cause any issues, as she did rack up two of her three quick wins last year on Good-to-firm ground. If she reproduces the level of her recent run, she will go extremely close.
Advised: Each Way
12:00 Leicester - Race: 1
12:30 Leicester - Race: 2
12:40 Listowel - Race: 1