Through The Card: Leicester, Monday May 22

There is Flat racing from Leicester on Monday evening
There is Flat racing from Leicester on Monday evening

Timeform take you through the card at Leicester on Monday evening.

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18:05 - Richard Fahey has made another fantastic start with his two-year-olds and DANEHILL DESERT (2) made a very promising start at Thirsk this month and is sure to progress. She dwelt leaving the stalls, and stumbled after two furlongs, but very much caught the eye keeping on for hands-and-heels riding in the closing stages, nearest the finish. She will be suited by further than five furlongs in time, but open to above-average improvement, she is fancied to open her account at the second attempt.

18:35 - RETRIEVE (1) spurned what looked to be a good opportunity in a similar event at Catterick earlier this month, so he isn't one to go overboard with, but he is hard to oppose on these very-advantageous terms. However, given his past exploits, it could pay to also keep on side the clear next-best performer in the race LADY LEKKI (7), who is a lightly-raced five-year-old dropping down to this level for the first time.

19:05 - Having been gelded prior to his first start for Andrew Balding, EOLIAN (6), showed improved form, and looked far more straightforward than previously when not beaten far into third at Chepstow last week. Headed only in the final furlong, he only just lost out on second place and, able to race of the same mark, he looks a big player, especially as he could improve again on just his second start for this yard.

19:35 - Although ESKENDASH (4) ran exclusively in bumpers on his first four starts, he actually has an appealing Flat pedigree (cost $105,000 as a yearling), so it wasn't a surprise he got off the mark switched to the Flat at Kempton in March. He built on that promise when runner-up on handicap debut at Windsor last time, a lack of know-how from the stalls, and taking time to pick up from an unpromising position both counting against him. Open to further improvement, he looks to have plenty in his favour off just 1 lb higher, and he could make up into a useful handicapper this season.

20:05 - This looks decidedly open, but SUBATOMIC (5) left her previous form behind when winning a seven-furlong maiden at this course on her final start, seeming to appreciate a much more positive ride, and galloping on strongly towards the line, shaping as though this trip would suit her down to the ground. Ralph Beckett is in good form ahead of her return, and a BHA mark of 78 doesn't look insurmountable. Clive Cox is also flying, and BLACK TRILBY (2) shaped well in some hot maidens last year, and looks the type to progress through the handicap this season, and he is another who needs considering in a three-year-old handicap that will undoubtedly throw up some future winners.

20:35 - TO DIBBA (6) has made an encouraging start to his career, and he shaped well on return in a Doncaster maiden that has received some timely boosts since. He wasn't at all given a hard time that day, and Roger Varian continues to churn out winners, so he could be the one to focus on despite there being a couple of interesting newcomers in the field, notably Godolphin's Mark of Excellence, who commands respect on debut, especially if the market speaks in his favour.

Recommendation:

Win back ESKENDASH in the 19:45 at Leicester

Placepot permutation:

18:05 - 2
18:35 - 1, 7
19:05 - 6
19:35 - 4
20:05 - 2, 5
20:35 - 6

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