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Leicester preview: Noodles looks tasty in sprint handicap

Noodles Blue Boy has a good record at Leicester and can further enhance it by landing the 5f amateur riders’ handicap which kicks-off proceedings on this evening’s seven-race card (17.50).

The Ollie Pears trained nine-year-old has been a terrific servant over the years, winning 11 of his 80 races on the turf and finishing placed on 23 occasions.

Two of those successes have come over course and distance, and the veteran has also posted really solid efforts to finish in the frame in his last four runs at the venue.

In the last of those five days ago, Noodles Blue Boy showed his customary early dash before being headed close home and beaten 1/2 a length by Master Bond.

It was a cracking effort, and it’s no surprise to see connections turn out Noodles Blue Boy quickly as he is due to race off 3lb higher in future races.

Off an unchanged mark of 74, Noodles Blue Boy is ahead of the assessor and this looks a great chance for the son of Makbul to go one better and bag a popular success.

Rejaah created a good impression when scoring on debut and looks a worthy favourite to follow-up in the extended 1m 3f handicap (19.50).

The filly is trained by the in-form William Haggas and showed a smart turn of foot to land a 1m 2f contest at Lingfield by 1 1/2 lengths despite showing distinct signs of greenness.

Rejaah was value for much more than the winning margin, and the well-bred daughter of Authorized could well have got in lightly off an opening mark of 79 judged on the manner of the success.

The three-year-old should have plenty more to offer, and she can provide Haggas with back-to-back successes in this contest before going on to better things.

In the 1m handicap that closes proceedings (21.00), Snappy Guest looks to have been found a nice opportunity to bag a second career success.

The gelding scored in good style on seasonal reappearance at Wetherby and has since run well to finish fifth and third in decent class 5 contests.

This represents a slight drop in class, and the George Margarson trained three-year-old should prove too strong for what looks a modest bunch of rivals.

Selections:
17.50: Noodles Blue Boy (NAP)
18.20: Academy House
18.50: Mudammera
19.20: Chapter And Verse
19.50: Rejaah (NB)
20.25: Loving Your Work
21.00: Snappy Guest