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Leicester and Windsor preview: Silent Attack gets the Green Light for Suroor

| 16.05.2016

David Metcalf | May 16, 2016

Silent Attack a Leicester ace

Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor has his team in fine form at present and Silent Attack can provide him with another winner in the 6f maiden on this evening’s six-race card at Leicester (19:40).

The Newmarket handler has a strike rate of just over 25 per cent with his runners in the last 14 days, and has been successful with 30% of his runners at the track in the past 12 months.

In Silent Attack, he has a colt who shaped far better than the bare result suggests on his sole start as a juvenile when seventh of 11 to Zhui Feng at Kempton and sent off odds-on.

The well-bred son of top-class sprinter Dream Ahead was slowly away and bucking shortly after the stalls opened, and raced very green in last place before keeping on under tender handling to be beaten 6 1/2 lengths.

Much better was clearly expected, but in the circumstances Silent Attack showed enough to suggest he had the ability to win races once he had matured.

The form of the race has also worked out extremely well, with the second, fourth, fifth, and ninth having all gone on to taste success.

Silent Attack looks capable of leaving that run well behind and, with James Doyle in the saddle, this represents a nice opportunity for the three-year-old to get off the mark.

Blakeney ready to make a Point

Blakeney Point shaped really well last time out and looks the answer to the extended 1m 3f handicap (20.40).


The Roger Charlton trained gelding hinted at ability in three quick maiden runs over 7f/1m at the back end of last season, and duly put in a much improved effort on his handicap debut at Goodwood when stepped up in trip to 1m 2f.

After being held-up in mid division, Blakeney Point made good headway a furlong from home and kept on well to finish a 2 3/4 length third of 14 to Goldenfield.

That race has a strong look to it in the context of this contest, and the further step up in distance looks sure to suit given how the three-year-old finished off the race.

Blakeney Point has also clearly been brought along with handicaps in mind, and looks the type who is open to further progress as his stamina is drawn into play.

Leicester selections

18.10: Alwalaa
18.40: Mountain Rescue
19.10: Balducci
19.40: Silent Attack (NAP)
20.10: Bell Heather
20.40: Blakeney Point (NB)

All systems go for Green Light at Windsor

Green Light has a good record fresh and can cash-in on a drop in class to land the 1m 3f handicap on this evening’s card at Windsor (20:00).

Ralph Beckett

The Ralph Beckett trained gelding has finished runner-up and won first time up in the last two seasons, and was last successful when landing class 4 contest at Nottingham off a mark of 90.

Green Light went on to run some solid races in better company, including when fourth of 13 to subsequent Group 2 winner and now 119-rated Exosphere in a competitive class 2 affair at Sandown.

The five-year-old was also an unlucky loser in the same grade when encountering all sorts of running before being beaten just 1/2 a length into third at Doncaster, and now drops down into class 4 company on return to action.

That is the same grade as when last victorious, and Green Light is also now 5lb below his last winning mark.

It gives the son of Authorized outstanding claims at the weights of getting back on the scoresheet in a race lacking any real stength in depth.

Jule In The Crown and SDS a potent combination

Dubai Saturday

Trainer Mick Channon and jockey Silvestre De Sousa have enjoyed plenty of success when teaming up this season, and Jule In The Crown can provide them with another victory in the 5f maiden (18:30).

The filly was well-backed on her debut at Ascot and put in an eye-catching effort to finish sixth of 10 to Camargue.

After showing distinct signs of greenness in the early stages when pulling hard and racing awkwardly, the daughter of Harbour Watch made good headway to track the leaders until getting slightly outpaced and denied a clear run a furlong from home.

Jule In The Crown then stayed on nicely inside the last to be beaten just over five lengths under tender handling, and it was a very promising effort which suggested there was better to come.

The two-year-old is sure to have learnt plenty from that run and, granted normal improvement, Jule In The Crown is going to be tough to beat.

Windsor selections

18.00: Fear Or Favour
18.30: Jule In The Crown (NB)
19.00: Sea Of Snow
19.30: I Am
20.00: Green Light (NAP)
20.30: Udontdodou


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.