Leicester preview: Diktat has a Top chance under Moore
Top Diktat can take advantage of a drop in the weights to land the extended 1m 1f handicap at Leicester this evening (18.45) now reunited with jockey Ryan Moore.
The Gary Moore trained gelding was in tremendous form in the early part of last year when rattling up a four-timer, and two of those successes came under Moore.
In the last of those, Top Diktat only had to be ridden out to readily beat Starwatch by 1 1/4 lengths in a 1m 2f contest at Windsor on soft ground off a mark of 84.
The five-year-old got put up 5lb for that victory, and it’s fair to say that he has been very disappointing in failing to trouble the judge in seven subsequent starts.
However, that has resulted in the assessor cutting Top Diktat plenty of slack and the son of Diktat is now able to race off a rating of just 76.
That is 8lb lower than when last successful and gives Top Diktat a huge shout at the weights if bouncing back to anything like his best.
It’s also interesting that Moore is now reunited with Top Diktat for the first time since partnering him to success at Windsor, and his booking suggests connections are expecting a better show.
Top Diktat also handles all types of going, and has proven form on soft ground so will not be incovenienced by any further rain at the venue.
In the 1m handicap (19.45), Pacify may well have got in lightly for in-form trainer Ralph Beckett.
The gelding showed a good attitude to make a winning debut at Kempton back in November, responding well for pressure and digging deep to beat Royal Abert Hall by a neck.
It was a most pleasing effort given that Pacify had to make up an enormous amount of lost ground after being slowly away as the gates opened, and the form has a solid look to it.
The winner is a fair sort who after finishing third to the very smart Jack Hobbs at Wolverhampton landed a handicap at Lingfield off a mark of 75, and the fifth home Dutch Uncle has won also won since and ran a blinder to finish third in the valuable London Gold Cup at Newbury off a rating of 81.
It makes Pacify look leniently treated off an opening mark of just 75, especially as the daughter of Paco Boy showed distinct signs of inexperience on debut and looks open to any amount of improvement.
18.15: Comedy Night
18.45: Top Diktat (NAP)
19.15: Cry Fury
19.45: Pacify (NB)
20.15: Classic Win