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Tuesday’s Racing Tip: Knight Owl to fly home at Leicester

York is on the horizon and tipster Lewis Jones is preparing for the fantastic Ebor Festival by trying to gain some momentum in the build-up. He’s found a selection at Leicester this evening…

Knight Owl should have decent claims of going close in the John Smith´s Extra Smooth Handicap at Leicester (7:00), especially if the rain starts to fall in the midlands.

It’s easy to forgive James Fanshawe’s horse for his disappointing effort last time out at Chester when trailing in 10th of 13 runners as he stumbled badly out of the stalls and being outpaced at Chester is never ideal. He comes into this race as a course-and-distance winner from last year, which is always a positive at the track, and he races off a 1lb lower mark than when he put in a very decent effort at Newbury.

Get on his chances with a one point win stake at 6/1.

Looking ahead, and the brilliant Ebor festival starts tomorrow with top-class three-year-old Australia heading up the cast on day one. He may be the star on the opening day but he could well be eclipsed by super filly Taghrooda on day two as the King George winner puts her unbeaten record on the line in the Yorkshire Oaks.

She is fast becoming the season’s star attraction and when she dots up at York (you can get 2/7 if you fancy making a quick buck) she’ll no doubt shorten for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, where three-year-old fillies have a sensational record.

She is set to take on just six rivals on Thursday, including Oaks third Volume and Aidan O’Brien’s Venus De Milo, who is a top-class performer on her day. Angus Gold, the racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, has reported his star filly in fine fettle for her next Group One assignment.


“Taghrooda is in good form and everyone is very happy with her. As we have already seen, she has got a great temperament, she settles well and stays well and if it came down to it, Paul could make the running himself.”

Taghrooda’s rider, Paul Hanagan, should be fit enough to take the ride aboard the filly after recovering from a broken arm he suffered at Goodwood a month ago.

Gold added: “Paul has played a huge part in the team over the past three years, he is a very hard-working chap, and it will be great to get him back aboard. I spoke to him on Sunday evening and he said that he was feeling great.”

P+L = +103.77

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