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Soie D'Leau can make a big splash at Leicester

By Chris Wilson

Soie D'Leau looks primed to finally get his nose in front this season when he lines up in the big race of the day at Leicester.

Kristin Stubbs' five-year-old is a fine sprinter, yet he has not won since October 2016.

That in no way tells the full story, though, as he has gone close countless times in much stronger races than this.

No better was that illustrated than at Haydock last time, when he finished second behind Mayleaf Shine in a class two handicap over five furlongs.

Soie D'Leau had 10 other rivals that day, but he simply bumped into a progressive, better-handicapped animal at the Merseyside circuit.

Stubbs' representative has gone up just 1lb for the Racing UK Handicap, which is far from the end of the world as he won last autumn off a 6lb higher mark.

A proven operator when the mud is flying, the gelded son of Monsieur Bond utterly deserves a chance of fortune in what looks a perfectly winnable encounter.

It is also interesting to see Tom Queally on board for the first time.

Golden Wedding ought to go well in a one-mile handicap on the all-weather at Kempton.

Even in spite of having been pinched for room inside the final furlong, the five-year-old son of Archipenko was only beaten a length over course and distance on September 9.

Consistency is Golden Wedding's strong suit so it's hard to imagine him regressing in this lower-grade race, in which he's just 1lb higher than his last visit.

KEMPTON: 1.50 Iconic Knight, 2.25 Baileys Excelerate, 2.55 Ply, 3.30 Teppal, 4.05 Odyssa, 4.35 Seeking Magic, 5.05 Golden Wedding, 5.35 Solent Meads.

LEICESTER: 2.00 Queen Of Kalahari, 2.35 Kings Academy, 3.05 Beachcomber Bay, 3.40 SOIE D'LEAU, 4.15 Ididitforyoooo, 4.45 Zaria, 5.15 Waves, 5.45 The Groove.

ROSCOMMON: 1.45 South East, 2.15 Bubbly Bellini, 2.50 Solo Saxophone, 3.20 Kandahari, 3.55 Alto Esqua, 4.30 William Du Berlais, 5.00 Massey's Wood, 5.30 Flawless Escape.

DOUBLE: Soie D'Leau and Uncle Charlie.

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