Rizzel has opted for two EW selections for Saturday's racing. Good luck with whatever you're backing.
It does not surprise me to see that FIRST EDITION is the odds he is at the time of writing, and looks to be on the drift, as his reappearance wasn't great.
Last time out, he finished behind Nelson Gay, who he faces again today, but he was giving away 19lbs lto, whereas today they're on level weights. You can say that Nelson Gay did it easy, and that weight difference won't make a difference, but the fact that he had a fitness edge and a big weight advantage was enough to suggest that First Edition would beat him this time. Nelson Gay isn't strong in the market either, so the market must not rate that form at all. However, First Edition had some decent 2yo form and I don't think this race is that strong, so if he can bounce back to the run in the Mill Reef Group 2 at Newbury, where he finished behind Alkumait, Fivethousandtoone and Rhytm Master, then he should go close.
He is a front runner, and Sandown is a track where it's ideal to be positioned extremely well as if you're in a pocket on the sprint course, it can be hard to get out and find the room. Adam Kirby should be able to avoid that, as he's drawn in stall 1, which means he should be able to get out and go to the front.
I do think he will have come on bundles for his recent run, as he did seem to tire late on. He won on his second run last year, so that might be the way he is, he might need a run to get into full fitness, like a lot of horses do. The fast ground will suit, and I think he will be able to run a big race, despite the fact he is weak in the market.
Clive Cox reaches for the first time tongue strap, accompanied with the blinkers, which should hopefully keep him focused and bring out improvement.
Advised: Each Way
MANIGORDO was a horse I wanted to back when he next ran, as I noticed the form he recently had, and today is the day he runs again.
The form of his win at Thirsk has worked out much better than what people probably thought it had. The 3rd, 6th and 9th have ran nice races in defeat since, and that 4th won at Thirsk, and then finished second in the same race that Manigordo contested, at Hamilton in a decent Class 2 race, which confirmed the form of their previous race was bang on. In that recent race, Manigordo was niggled along early, struggled to find room, and made eye-catching late headway, which looked like a return to 7f could be right up his street.
Today, he goes back up to 7f and I think it could pay dividends. The fast ground seems like a must for this horse, and with the recent warm weather, and no forecast rain, he should get the ground he likes.
As there's not much pace in this race, it wouldn't surprise me to see David Allan to make the running on Manigordo who has done this a few times before, and won this way.
Advised: Each Way
12:00 Leicester - Race: 1
12:30 Leicester - Race: 2
12:40 Listowel - Race: 1