LiveScore Racing Preview: Leicester, January 12, 2021
We are off to Leicester on Wednesday for a jumps card at the Midlands venue.
Ground conditions are forecast to be 'Good-good to soft in places' for the six-race card which runs from 1.20pm until 3.50pm and we have selected five to follow on the day.
1.20pm - Pertemps Network January Novices' Handicap Chase (2m6½f)
Trainer Olly Murphy was cautious entering the New Year after a relatively barren run through December but it's been a decent start to 2021 for a handler that traditionally does well in the month of January, with Gunsight Ridge on the scoresheet on Saturday afternoon and another winner at Ludlow on Monday.
OUT THE GLEN may be able to keep the run going here.
He made a promising start for this yard when fourth over hurdles at Huntingdon (3m1f, good) in October on the back of a wind operation and has scope for better on just his second chase start now.
LiveScore selection: Out The Glen
1.50pm - Pertemps Network Novices' Chase (2m6½f)
Barnaviddaun was in the process of running a good race at Newbury on last month's chasing bow when he unseated Brendan Powell three from home.
He can build on that but it might be for a supporting role here as DUSART brings strong claims for Nicky Henderson and Nico de Boinville.
He was Grade 1-placed over hurdles and brings the best form from that sphere. He looks sure to make a chaser and this is a good starting point for him on paper.
LiveScore selection: Dusart
2.20pm - Pertemps Network Novices' Handicap Chase (2m)
Dreamsundermyfeet knows where the winning line is and counted two chasing wins amongst four scores during 2021 in total.
They all came over 2m4f-plus, however, and his jumping might be pressured at this trip.
ONLY MONEY scored at this trip in May around Huntingdon and arrives here having chased home Doukarov in a higher grade last month at Newbury.
Chris Gordon's charge has been eased 2lb by the assessor and, after just four starts, could offer more as a chaser.
LiveScore selection: Only Money
2.50pm - Pertemps Network January Handicap Chase (2m4f)
Jonjo O'Neill's KILBROOK missed an engagement on Saturday afternoon at Sandown on bottomless ground and should find conditions more favourable here.
He was a winner at Carlisle back in October over this sort of trip and, while the form is nothing to shout about, he showed a good attitude to get the job done under pressure and has definite scope to improve on that work now.
LiveScore selection: Kilbrook
3.20pm - Pertemps Network Mares' Chase (Listed, 2m)
The feature on the afternoon is this Listed Mares' Chase and a field of four are set to contest the prize of £18,500.
Maskada and Allavina are possible improvers but they'll surely need to do that to prevent ZAMBELLA recording a quick-fire hat-trick in this grade.
She won at Aintree and Doncaster in December over further but also boasts C&D form having won this prize 12 months ago.
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies does well at this venue and the Naunton handler will be expectant of another bold showing from an in-form contender.
LiveScore selection: Zambella