Through The Card: Leicester, Monday May 16

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

Timeform take you through the card at Leicester on Monday.

"He is expected to progress again now handicapping and upped to a more suitable trip, and looks with backing with that in mind."

18:10 - Mark Johnston has saddled two seconds in this race from his four runners in the last five renewals, but he looks to have a good chance of going one better this year with Alwalaa, who made a promising start on debut at Beverley earlier this month, trading odds-on in-running before fading into third late on and ultimately leaving the impression that she was likely to come on for the run. Reign On is sure to improve from his debut but has plenty to find with Alwalaa and it is worth banking on Mark Johnston's filly to be in the first two.

18:40 - Mountain Rescue shaped as though a return to further than this would see him to best effect on his debut for Chris Wall at Bath last time, and it could be with taking him on for the Placepot as current favourite. Gulf of Poets caused an upset at big odds last time at Beverley (second and third have both boosted the form since), but there seemed to be no fluke about the effort, and, still lightly raced, he could yet have more to offer and has place claims. A strong pace here would suit Icebuster, who did well to finish second in a competitive handicap at Bath last time. That form took a boost when the fourth Life Less Ordinary finished second in a warm handicap at York last week, and he is also worth including.

19:10 - Not an easy race to assess but Balducci won a claimer last season when trained by David O'Meara and went on to run well in some decent handicaps (third in a 0-94 at Haydock) so should be capable of running well if not winning this for David Loughnane. Victoire de Lyphar isn't straightforward but represents an in-form yard and is narrowly preferred to Robert The Painter as a second option.

19:40 - Plenty to consider in this warm maiden. Silent Attack was well backed for his debut at Kempton, but his antics at the start (kicking/bucking soon after leaving the stalls) cost him all chance, and with that temperamental display still fresh in the mind, he is one to take on as favourite. Dubai Mission shaped best amidst greenness when narrowly denied at Lingfield last time, and with his yard in excellent form, is worth including along with Mazzini, who shaped as if he'd come on for his reappearance effort at Doncaster (third) at the end of April and remains open to improvement.

20:10 - There was a lot to like about Chester Street's first start as a three-year-old at Newmarket where he went with zest for much of the way before fading back into fourth behind the exciting Taqdeer. He is not stoutly bred and it is possible his stamina was stretched over 10 furlongs, so he should be seen to much better effect today back in trip in a less competitive race and he looks worth backing.

20:40 - It would be a big surprise if St Michel didn't come good at some stage over longer trips, which should suit him based on both his smart pedigree (by Sea The Stars) and on the way he shaped on his final maiden start at Lingfield, where he stuck on well for fourth despite being unsuited by the test of speed over a mile. He is expected to progress again now handicapping and upped to a more suitable trip, and looks with backing with that in mind. Kelvin Hall is unexposed at this trip and is also worth including for Placepot purposes.

Recommendations:

Back Chester Street in the 20:10
Back St Michel in the 20:40

Placepot permutation:
18:10 - 5
18:40 - 4, 8
19:10 - 2, 7
19:40 - 1, 3
20:10 - 4
20:40 - 1, 2
= 16 lines

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