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Monica's got style for Lady's day at Leicester

Laurens will bid to claim the sixth top-level victory of her career in the Queen Anne Stakes (stock photo)
Laurens will bid to claim the sixth top-level victory of her career in the Queen Anne Stakes (stock photo)

By Keith Hamer

Lady Monica can show her recent victory at Nottingham at odds of 125-1 was no fluke by following up in the Saffron 3-Y-O Fillies' Handicap at Leicester today.

The rain-softened ground appeared to transform Lady Monica, who had beaten only one rival in two races as a juvenile when sent off at three-figure odds.

It is also possible the daughter of Bated Breath had come on for another winter on her back.

Whatever the reasons, John Holt's inmate showed much improved form to get up on the line to pip Obee Jo in a six-furlong novice event. The runner-up did nothing wrong and was simply run out of it.

Lady Monica now graduates to handicap company off a mark of 68, which should proved workable - especially if there is cut in the ground.

With rain forecast, Lady Monica can win again, albeit at much lower odds.

Jedd O'Keeffe's decision to step Conundrum up to a mile and a quarter can pay off with victory in the Oadby Handicap.

The stiff mile at Pontefract proved no problem when stamina won him the day, as he got up to deny Gennaro by three-quarters of a length on his penultimate outing.

He stuck to the same distance last time at Redcar, but in hindsight it was not enough of a test and he could only stay on at one pace when third to Gentle Look.

Kachumba can recoup Lingfield losses by winning the IT Electrical Contractors Exeter Handicap at Brighton.

Rae Guest's four-year-old was sent off 2-1 favourite to oblige at the Surrey venue, but had to settle for third place behind Chica De La Nochee after looking dangerous a furlong from home.

As that was only her second outing following a six-month absence there is every chance she can improve again.

Franz Kafka will not have many better chances to open his account than in the Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Novice Stakes.

John Gosden's three-year-old was turned over at 1-2 on his latest start over seven furlongs at Wetherby, after finishing second on his previous two starts this term.

He steps back up to a mile for the first time this season and it could do the trick.

Northernpowerhouse can live up to his name by taking the spoils at Redcar in the Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap.

The Bryan Smart-trained colt only found Look Out Louis too strong, by a length and a half, in a 20-runner handicap at Thirsk on his seasonal debut.

He has been put up 1lb for that effort - but that may not stopping him from going one better.

Tukhoom can reap the reward of a promising comeback run to win the Join Racing TV Now Handicap.

Michael Herrington's six-year-old only failed by a head to wear down Hammer Gun at Doncaster on his first start for four months. He can get his head in front here.

Three of Tommy G's four career victories have come at Ayr and Jim Goldie takes him back there for the Celebrate At Award Winning Western House Hotel Handicap.

The six-year-old is only 1lb higher than for his last win at the Scottish track but he won a big pot off much higher at Goodwood last summer.


AYR: 5.45 Donnachies Girl, 6.20 Sound Of Iona, 6.50 Crazy Tornado, 7.20 Zoravan, 7.50 Tommy G, 8.20 Royal Regent, 8.50 Remember Rocky.

BALLINROBE: 5.30 Hammerstein, 6.00 Warlike Intent, 6.30 Chavi Artist, 7.00 Oskar High, 7.30 Tigris River, 8.00 Peregrine Run, 8.30 Avanzi.

BRIGHTON: 2.00 Tarrzan, 2.30 Mamillius, 3.00 Franz Kafka, 3.30 Kachumba, 4.00 Fair Power, 4.30 Maazel, 5.00 National Glory.

LEICESTER: 2.10 Lady Monica, 2.40 Majestic Sands, 3.10 Chains Of Love, 3.40 Victory Chime, 4.10 Isango, 4.40 Haafel, 5.10 Conundrum.

REDCAR: 2.20 Amnaa, 2.50 Sea Art, 3.20 Rich Cummins, 3.50 Tukhoom, 4.20 Hamish, 4.50 Dandy's Beano, 5.20 Northernpowerhouse, 5.55 B Fifty Two.

SOUTHWELL: 6.10 Termonator, 6.40 Yo Tambien, 7.10 Show Palace, 7.40 Global Melody, 8.10 Fly True, 8.40 Cold Harbour.

DOUBLE: Lady Monica and Conundrum.

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