Leicester preview: Four-timer beckons for Maljaa
Maljaa has an ultra-progressive profile and can make light of a further rise in the weights to complete the four-timer in the 5f handicap on today’s card at Leicester (15.50).
The Roger Varian trained gelding has looked a different proposition since being fitted with blinkers, landing a handicap at Doncaster in good style before going on to bag a brace of big field class 2 contests at Haydock.
In the last of those successes, Maljaa showed plenty of early pace to race in touch before being produced inside the last and showing a smart turn of foot to beat Confessional by a neck off a mark of 102.
The three-year-old was well on top at the line and value for more than the winning margin, and all Maljaa’s wins have been by 1/2 a length of less.
It makes the son of Paco Boy very difficult to grips with from a handicapping perspective as he only does enough to get the job done.
A further 5lb rise in the weights may well be on the lenient side, and Maljaa looks the type who needs keeping firmly onside.
With conditions fine, and Paul Hanagan in the saddle, Maljaa can take this before going on to even better things.
In the 1m 2f handicap (15.50), Interconnection can take advantage of a drop in class to get back to winning ways.
The Ed Vaughan trained gelding landed a maiden in good style on his final start of 2014 when beating the now 96-rated Gale Force by 2 1/4 lengths, and made a winning return to action when showing a good attitude to score by a length in a class 5 handicap at Sandown off a mark of 72.
Interconnection backed that up with an excellent second in a class 4 affair at York off 76, and has since been far from disgraced in three outings in the same grade.
The four-year-old has been eased 3lb since the last of those to a rating of 75, and that makes Interconnection look well-treated on the pick of his form now dropped back down into class 5 company.
14.20: Rex Bell
14.50: Zaza Zest
15.50: Maljaa (NAP)
17.20: Best Boy
17.50: Interconnection (NB)