Today's Tips: Hedley Lemarr looks set to play starring role at Leicester

It will be hard work at Leicester today where Jonjo O’Neill’s Hedley Lamarr faces an easier task than on his reappearance at Cheltenham in the Advent Handicap Hurdle.

Today's Tips: Hedley Lemarr looks set to play starring role at Leicester

A winning novice hurdler at Warwick last season, he began life handicapping off 128.

He finished sixth of 11, shaping as though he would come on for the run.

In the opening Racing Excellence Conditional Jockeys’ Training Series Novices’ Hurdle Kim Bailey’s Abbreviate can defy a penalty.

Second to a decent sort in his only bumper, he filled the same spot on his hurdling debut at Warwick but showed the benefit of that by bolting up by 19 lengths when stepped up in trip at Shouthwell.

He faces a decent couple of opponents but could be quite smart.

Jodies Jem can reap the benefit of a little break in the Ladbrokes Handicap at Lingfield. Trained by William Jarvis, the five-year-old returned from nearly a year off the track to run a promising race behind Second Wave at Chelmsford in October.

He thankfully avoided the bounce factor when dead-heating on his next start at Wolverhampton.

The handicapper has reacted by putting him up 2lb, which is fair enough, but there are reasons to believe he can overcome that. Drawn wide, he attempted to make all, was headed and then fought back before being joined on the line.

Given time to recover, he should be the one to beat again.

There was a lot to like about the debut of Broughtons Harmony at Chelmsford in October and she can open her account in the Coral Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

Trained by Willie Musson, a yard not noted for first-time-out scorers, she was a 50-1 second to a Roger Varian inmate.

Her performance maybe should not have been that much of a surprise, though, as she cost 32,000 guineas and is related to black type performers.

She ran green that day and with her initial experience to call on now, she should be much wiser.

David O’Meara’s High And Flighty looked to have a bright future after winning on her debut at Ripon but things have not gone to plan since.

Narrowly beaten on her first run on the all-weather, she can take advantage of a drop in class in the Handicap.

Ralph Beckett’s Cape Banjo should prove hard to beat in the second division of the £10 Free Bet At Maiden Stakes at Kempton.

He was only narrowly beaten on his debut last month. The third home was second on debut to a potential Classic candidate so sets a decent level of form.

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