Leicester 5.10 10 Pursuing Steed @ 8/1 + 13 Art Echo @ 20/1 (WH + PP + BV) - 1 point each way each - all Bookies odds to 4th
A decent field 17 run over 7 furlongs and the Good ground will surely be firming up. A number hold very good form Claims but with Stalls on the Stand side I think low to middle will be the place to be unless there is significant early pace on the far side. The likes of Boots And Spurs and Ptarmagen Ridge may need some cut and won't appreciate drying ground and whilst I fear Give It Some Teddy, I do wonder if it is a similar scenario re the ground. Kirkham is one I'm tracking VERY CLOSELY but feel will need at least this run and may be one more to be really competitive.
I am keen today though on PURSUING STEED; a Course and Distance winner on all types of Going, ran up a 4 timer last season and back to a mark it has won off and had a couple of runs to sharpen it up. Whilst they may be looking to get the mark down, no reason why it can't win here, stall 10 could be spot on where the arrowhead will form and Course form is compelling and nice e/w value with odds to 4th. ART ECHO is a bit more speculative, generally around 16/1 but 3-4 bigger Bookies have early 20/1 and that's excellent value. I like the Trainer who hits well about the collective weight of numbers in the yard and it has won off 67 - 71 - 76, again on all types of ground and after a couple of spins is back to a ark of 73 and a nice low draw should be an asset.