July 3 Racing Tips: Underrated Portfolio could strike at Leicester

Planet Sport tipster Ross Brierley is back to give you a helping hand in finding some winners at Leicester on Saturday, July 3.

You've got until 8pm to wait for the England v Ukraine match, so why not spend the afternoon getting that winning feeling with some cheeky punts on the horses. Ross' selections below could boost your coffers.

Short odd fancies:

Portfolio (2.45 Leciester)

Slightly longer odds (5/1 and above):

Captain Cooper (3.20 Leicester)

I'm Mable (3.55 Leicester)

For full details of Ross' Saturday selections you can watch or read more below.

(All odds and tips correct at time of publication)

2.45 Leicester - Portfolio

Brierley says: "A trio of selections from Leicester then to get our teeth stuck into, and the first one is owned by The Queen.

"Portfolio in this small field fillies handicap is likely to be a little bit bigger than she probably should be on her best form, because of two potentially average runs this season.

"But, there are reasons to suggest this horse has a little bit more up its sleeve from this current handicap mark.

"And while Jewel In My Crown and Khezaana are going to be hard horses to beat, Portfolio looks to be underrated a little bit in the market.

"Sir Michael Stoute's charge caught the eye in a couple of starts last season as a two-year-old, and then was outpaced at a crucial point behind Delta Bay at Newmarket in a race that threw up countless winners.

"A big note on that one for me, and I thought this is going to be a handicap project to come, so I backed her at Newcastle, but things didn't particularly go to plan; it turned into a bit of a sprint, it set up for Irish Legend, and you got the feeling that Portfolio wasn't particularly suited by the way the race unfolded.

"But, there should be more to come Pat Dobbs is in the saddle this afternoon, and a mark of 79 and a drop in grade looks just the ticket for Portfolio to confirm that promise at Newmarket on seasonal reappearance."

3.20 Leicester - Captain Cooper

Brierley says: "Another handicap here, this time over seven furlongs, and the pick is three-year-old, Captain Cooper, who's another handicapper who hasn't had a chance to show his best form to date for various reasons since his easy win at Newcastle back in January.

"He bolted up on that occasion, beating a subsequent winner.

"And since then, you can excuse every single run. At Doncaster, he stepped up to a mile, went off way too quick in front, and faded tamely, but again, behind subsequent horses who have franked the form in no uncertain terms.

"At York, it was the opposite. He dwelt at the start, was held up last in a race that was dominated by those on the speed, and he was the eye-catcher from the back.

"And, at Musselburgh last time out - seven furlongs at Musselburgh is an absolute front runner's paradise. He could not get into it - again after a slow start.

"Jockey-switch here. Shane Kelly comes into the saddle. Kevin Ryan's in good form, and again, this looks a little bit easier than what he's been contesting, and his handicap mark has dropped a couple of pounds as well.

"He doesn't have to front run, but hopefully he should get a nice tow into it from the likes of Golden Force, and could well outrun his odds here for Kevin Ryan and Shane Kelly in this seven furlong handicap at Leicester."

3.55 Leicester - I'm Mable

Brierley says: "The training career of Daryll Holland hasn't always been smooth sailing since him and Cieran Fallon teamed up to leave the jockey ranks and go in and join the trainers, but they do have a couple of interesting horses who have been running in novice events, and one of the biggest ones and the one that I've been waiting for to run in handicap company finally gets the chance to do so at Leicester on Saturday and that is I'm Mable.

"Who ran an interesting race on debut; 15 lengths behind Just Beautiful, but that horse has since gone on to win again and then win in listed company at Musselburgh.

"But it was the run behind Riknnah - who has also won since - that caught the eye first. This horse, again, was beaten 23 lengths, but went three-wide round every bend, and still was having a little bit of a squeak as they came into the home straight.

"Last time out, another eye-catching run; 200/1 at Windsor behind Boomshalaa, ran a big race to finish fifth. Boomshalaa was an unlucky loser at Royal Ascot in a red-hot handicap.

"So every run for I'm Mable has suggested there is ability there and handicaps will unlock it.

"Fingers crossed it will happen first time of asking with Laura Pearson in the saddle."

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