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Through The Card: Leicester, Sunday August 13

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Timeform take you through the card at Leicester on Sunday.

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14:10 - It's hard to see past PEACHEY CARNEHAN (2) after he was probably unlucky not to win at Haydock three days ago (not clear run over 1f out) and is now able to race off 4 lb lower in the weights.

14:40 - The most solid option looks to be VUELA (1), who is only having her fifth start here. On the face of it she had no excuses when fourth at Sandown last time, but the race has worked out very well (three next-time-out winners in behind her), and with her yard in excellent form (two winners from their last three runners) she looks a good Placepot pick.

15:10 - It's not an encouraging sign to see Red Trooper make his reappearance in this grade, and the more solid option looks to be AFRICAN BLESSING (1), who has been in good form in handicaps recently without necassarily threatening to add to his win total. He was well backed at Newmarket on his penultimate start but got caught in the wrong group, and if running to that sort of level he should be able to take advantage of a drop in grade.

15:45 - Scofflaw is definitely interesting from this sort of mark based on his Haydock second three starts back, but there is a doubt as to whether this race will be run to suit (there was something of a pace meltdown that day and this probably won't be run in the same way). GAVAL (7) is up in grade here but hacked up on his last two starts and shouldn't have much competition for the lead here, so gets the vote.

16:20 - ALGAM (1) sets the standard on his second at Epsom in July and shaped as though a return to this trip would suit when running on late over six furlongs at Goodwood last time. COMRADE IN ARMS (3) has a brilliant pedigree and is related to some precocious sorts, so is also worth including, for all that Sir Michael Stoute's two-year-olds usually come on for the run.

16:50 - The least exposed in the field is FASTAR (2), who did plenty wrong when winning at Windsor last time (pulled hard and then hung under pressure). If settling better today with some guaranteed pace on (courtesy of Duchess of Fire) he may well be able to double up.

17:20 - Not a race packed with interesting sorts and the fact that Silvestre de Sousa is getting back on board Kings Academy could prove significant. He has had plenty of goes in maidens without winning, but this is only his fourth handicap start, and he may be the type to benefit from a gelding operation.


Recommendation:

Win back Kings Academy in the 17:20 at Leicester

Placepot permutation:

14:10 - 2
14:40 - 1
15:10 - 1
15:45 - 7
16:20 - 1, 3
16:50 - 2

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