GLOBAL HEAT can turn up the temperature in Leicester’s 2.00.
This is a good maiden with Quintada and Faro Angel providing decent opposition — but they look to be playing for places.
Saeed bin Suroor’s juvenile caught the eye when finishing an excellent second on his debut at Chelmsford last time out. He took a little time to get going over the 7f trip and the line came before he had reached top gear.
His inexperience showed with a slow start too and he should improve on that score with the benefit of a run.
The horse that beat him that day and has come out and won cosily again, while the third home also scored last time out. That gives the form a strong look.
It wouldn’t take much improvement for Global Heat to follow them into the winner’s enclosure.
COPPER WEST has looked a natural on both his starts over fences so far and can strike in Huntingdon’s 3.15.
Those runs have come at Southwell and the most recent was a big step forward on his debut effort. He finished third there in what looked a stronger race than today’s with a long gap back to the third horse home.
He saw out the 2m4f trip well and can make his experience tell as most of these rivals have never jumped a fence before.
WHIN PARK looks another good bet in the 4.20 later on the card.
He has few miles on the clock as a chaser but looked full of promise when third here last time out.
Inexperience told there — both from the horse and the amateur rider on board — as he went off much too quickly and paid the price in the closing stages.
Nico de Boinville should be able to keep hold of him a lot better today and a repeat of that effort should be good enough to strike. The handicapper has left his mark alone and you would expect improvement on just his third outing over the bigger obstacles.
The Wizard’s best bets
STRIKE IT LUCKY 15: Global Heat (2.00 Leicester), Copper West (3.15 Huntingdon), Estihdaaf (3.35 Huntingdon), Whin Park (4.20 Huntingdon).
EACH-WAY DOUBLE: Lord Oberon (3.05 Leicester) ran a cracker to finish second in good company at Haydock last time on the back of another good effort at Newbury. He looks capable of better again. Pair him with Purple Rock (5.10 Leicester) who finished like a train when second in a better race at Nottingham last time. He has a capable 5lb claimer on today and should be right on the premises again.
TOP TEAM: Ryan Moore has a 40% strike-rate riding for Ian Williams in the past two years. They team up with Shady McCoy in Leicester’s 3.05.
IN-FORM TRAINER: Kim Bailey has a 71% strike-rate in the past 14 days. He runs Cresswell Legend (3.25 Hereford), Commodore Barry (3.55 Hereford) and Cloone Lady (3.15 Huntingdon).
Back at Leicester, Saeed bin Suroor has chances of another juvenile winner as ESTIHDAAF looks hard to beat in the 3.35.
He’s had two spins already and they have both been full of promise. He started with a short-head defeat at York before matching that effort when third in good company at Newmarket last time out.
Red Armada looks a danger after his second at Ascot last time but the Godolphin runner looks to have more scope.
2.00 GLOBAL HEAT (NAP)
2.30 Lady Alavesa
3.05 Lord Oberon
4.05 Come On Leicester
4.40 Miss Green Dream
5.10 Purple Rock
2.20 Arty Campbell
2.55 Let’s Sway
3.25 Cresswell Legend
4.30 On Demand
5.00 Golden Promise
2.45 Before Midnight
3.15 Copper West
3.45 Third Estate
4.20 Whin Park
4.50 Western Storm
5.45 Kingsley Klarion
7.15 Pike Corner Cross
8.45 Howardian Hills
9.15 N Over J