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Sleeping Lion won't be caught napping at Newbury


By Anita Chambers

Sleeping Lion should take the step up to a mile and a half in his stride as he tackles the Thatcham Butchers Handicap at Newbury today.

The three-year-old opened his account at the third attempt for James Fanshawe when triumphing by a length at Kempton last month.

Racing over 11 furlongs that day, Sleeping Lion travelled and quickened up well and while the margin of victory was certainly not impressive, the handicapper has at least been limited in what he can award as an opening mark.

The son of Teofilo lines up here on a perch of 70 and given he has shown every sign a longer trip will suit, he might be well treated for this handicap bow.

Eeh Bah Gum's claims look good in the Be A Winner With Bohle Handicap as he seeks his fifth win on the bounce at Haydock.

Monaadhil is taken to go well in the Watch Racing UK Anywhere Handicap at Epsom.

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