Leicester preview: Double chance for jockey Paul Hanagan
In-form jockey Paul Hanagan looks to hold major claims of landing a double on today’s card at Leicester courtesy of the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum owned Massaat and Mazaaher.
Massaat runs in the 7f maiden (15.00) and is going to be very hard to beat if building on a highly promising debut run.
The well-bred son of Teofilo shaped like a sure fire future winner when head second of nine to Cymric in maiden at Sandown after losing vital ground when getting hampered at the start.
Massaat made good headway from the rear to throw down a determined challenge inside the final furlong without being unduly knocked about, and the winner is a useful sort who has since gone on to finish third in a Group 3 at York befoire landing a conditions’ contest at Sandown.
That is strong form, and Massaat looks sure to come on a bundle for the experience.
Connections have also made no secret that the colt is held in the highest regard, and Massaat can take this with the minimum of fuss before going on to much better things.
The Barry Hills trained gelding was last successful when landing a class 4 contest at Wolverhampton 13 months ago off a mark of 71, and went on to finish a solid 1/2 length third at the same venue off 74.
Mazaaher is now able to race in this lower grade class 5 affair off 72, having gradually worked his way back to form in three runs this season.
Those runs have all come in the hands of inexperienced claimer Tommy Connor, and in the last of them Mazaaher was given far too much to do before staying on staying on strongly to finish a 1 1/4 length second to Cricklewood Green in a “hands and heels” apprentice contest at Salisbury.
To my eyes, the son of Elnadim finished with plenty of petrol left in the tank and should have won.
Although now 2lb higher, Mazaaher is a effectively a winner without a penalty in my book and remains just 1lb above his last winning mark.
With the five-year-old now getting the professional services of Hanagan in the saddle, this looks a great opportunity for Mazaaher go one better.
15.00: Massaat (NAP)
15.30: Legal Art
16.00: Perfect Muse
16.30: Indian Monsoon
17.00: Mazaaher (NB)