Sunday tips: Keep in-form Silvestre De Sousa on side at Leicester

Sun 13 Aug 2017

Tom Stanley tipped three winners from four tips on Friday and Dave Nevison weighed in with two out of three on Saturday - Racing UK pundit Chris Dixon markes your card for Sunday's domestic action.

Since booting home his 100th winner in the race for the Stobart Jockeys’ Championship at Brighton on Wednesday, Silvestre De Sousa added a further six to his tally.

After drawing a rare blank on Saturday he looks to have a strong book of rides at Leicester on Sunday. The pick of them could well be Alemaratalyoum in the Amazing Sri Lanka Handicap due off at 4.50.

Ed Dunlop’s charge has shaped better than the bare result on both starts since a narrow-margin win at Yarmouth in July, coming from slightly further back than ideal at both Wolverhampton and Sandown and looks as though he still has scope to prove better than his current mark of 75.

Ideally suited by some give underfoot, the good to soft conditions should be perfect. Although he has failed to see his race out on both occasions he has run over a mile, I take the view it has been early keenness, rather than lack of stamina, to blame. Recent outings suggest he is more tractable nowadays and the stamina on the distaff side of his pedigree – he is out of a mare by Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Montjeu, suggests this mile trip could suit better than seven furlongs.

I mentioned in my first tipping column last week that my first port of call in middle distance handicaps at this time of year are the three-year-olds and with that in mind Satisfy catches the eye in the Sri Lanka Paradise Island Fillies’ Handicap at 2.40.

Having shown ability on all three starts in maidens for Joseph O’Brien, Satisfy makes her handicap debut on this first outing for the in-form yard of Karl Burke off what looks a fair mark of 70 based on her bare form.

The fact she has not been given a hard time in any of those outings in Ireland suggests there could be a bit more to come, while the longer trip may also eke out some improvement from this unexposed filly by Derby winner New Approach.

Sticking with the action at Leicester and Racing Angel looks as though she might be worth supporting in the closing Sri Lanka Something For Everyone Handicap over 5f at 5.20.

With a course record of 121 it’s a little surprising that Mick Quinn’s filly has not run here since a two and three-quarter length success 14 months ago but her return to what appears to be her favourite venue comes on the back of a back-to-form second at Yarmouth last time.

That run, plus a good fourth at Newmarket back in May, suggests she is still capable of showing the same level of form as last year. Off a mark only 2lbs higher than for that runaway win here last year, the five-year-old can strike for a yard that were among the winners at Ascot on Saturday.

For the final selection today I’m heading to Windsor where Pretty Bubbles looks overpriced at a general 8-1 in the Ossie & Hutch Memorial Fillies Handicap at 3.25.

Like many from her stable, Pretty Bubbles has struggled for form of late but the upside to that has been a falling handicap mark, which is now 4lbs lower than when winning at Lingfield in December.

Although well enough beaten into third last month, there were signs in her latest effort at Newbury that Pretty Bubbles was back in some sort of form as she travelled nicely through the race before flattening out late.

The hope is that she can build on that run and encouragement is taken by the yard enjoying their first winner since March, when Tiradia scored over hurdles at Market Rasen last week.

Chris Dixon's Sunday tips:

2.40 Leicester: Satisfy at 11-4 generally available

4.50 Leicester: Alemeratalyoum at 5-2 generally available

3.25 Windsor: Pretty Bubbles at 8-1 generally available

5.20 Leicester: Racing Angel at 9-4 generally available

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