Through The Card: Leicester, Wednesday December 28

There is jumps racing from Leicester on Wednesday
There is jumps racing from Leicester on Wednesday

Timeform take you through the card at Leicester on Wednesday.

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12:55 - JACKTHEJOURNEYMAN (5) failed to meet market expectations when third on his most recent outing at Wincanton, but still performed respectably to get within 11 lengths of the well-treated winner and should be competitive here if returning to the form of his earlier victory at Huntingdon. He is joined in the Placepot by PADDY THE DEEJAY (4), who shaped better than the bare result when down the field at Towcester last time and should be seen to better effect now dropped back in trip.

13:25 - RATHEALY (1) made the most of a good opportunity in ready fashion at this venue three weeks ago, travelling strongly on the front end throughout and finding plenty to go further clear in the closing stages. That form gives him the edge over Great Link on Timeform ratings here and, although he has to concede 6 lb to each of his four rivals, Rathealy is expected to follow up kept to selling company and looks by far the most solid proposition in this second leg of the Placepot.

14:00 - DOMTALINE (7) is consistent and ran his usual sound race when four lengths second to the reopposing Foundation Man at Doncaster earlier this month. There is no reason why he shouldn't be thereabouts from the same mark once again here and he makes plenty of appeal with the Placepot in mind. He is joined by OLIVER'S HILL (9), who resumed winning ways in a two-runner race over this C&D three weeks ago and is only 1 lb higher in what is admittedly a far more competitive heat.

14:35 - ROYAL VILLAGE (10) made plenty of appeal on pedigree and justified short odds to make a successful debut under Rules in a Southwell bumper last month. He makes his hurdling debut in what doesn't look the strongest race of its kind here and, while fellow bumper winner Rockportian rates an obvious danger, the benefit of a recent outing is fancied to give Royal Village the edge and he can open his account over hurdles at the first time of asking.

15:10 - ZARIB (5) showed an aptitude for chasing when third on debut at Towcester last month, shaping as if he would have appreciated more of an emphasis on stamina and keeping on well in the circumstances to be beaten just four lengths. He can be forgiven a below par effort in tough company at Cheltenham last time and, with the possibility of more to come in blinkers for the first time, Zarib is taken to see off the attentions of Master Dee and can get off the mark over the larger obstacles.

15:40 - SLEEPY HAVEN (2) fared better than the bare result when third at Lingfield four weeks ago, forced to deliver his challenge from further back than ideal in a steadily-run race and ultimately doing extremely well to get within two and a half lengths of the better-placed winner. He certainly showed enough to suggest he is up to winning again from his current mark and can confirm the promise of that latest outing with victory in this final leg of the Placepot.

Recommendations:

Win back SLEEPY HAVEN in the 15:40 at Leicester

Placepot permutation:

12:55 - 4, 5
13:25 - 1
14:00 - 7, 9
14:35 - 10
15:10 - 5
15:40 - 2

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