A fancied Friday runner and an outsider for Thorney trainer Pam Sly at Leicester

As the Jump seasons starts to come to an end, attention for Thorney trainer Pam Sly turns to the Flat with two interesting runners on Friday (April 1) at Leicester.

By Dan Archer
Friday, 1st April 2022, 9:32 am
Racing at Leicester. Photo: Tim Goode/Getty Images.
Racing at Leicester. Photo: Tim Goode/Getty Images.

Sly runs Dark Spec in the mile handicap at 1.35pm. The seven-year-old has only run seven times in his career, but he took a huge step forward to open his account last time out when powering to an impressive two and a quarter-length win at Pontefract on soft ground over a mile.

The Dark Angel gelding is now rated 77, going up 6lb for that win at Pontefract. Dark Spec is also a son of Speciosa who famously won the 1000 Guineas in 2006 for Sly.

Dark Spec is a 9/2 chance with Betfair for this event and will be ridden by Shane Kelly.

Sly also runs newcomer Astral Beau in the 2.10pm which is a seven-furlong maiden. The dam Asteroidea was success for Sly who also bred the three-year-old filly.

She is the third foal out of Asteroidea and whilst she is 66/1 for this event, she remains one to note going forward.

Naranco looks the one to beat having finished a good second at Kempton on debut, whilst Taratari is also respected having finished second at Doncaster in November.

Sly could also have some runners next week with Eleanor Dumont entered at Southwell on Tuesday, Special Mayson a potential runner at Catterick on Wednesday, whilst stable star Eileendover could also make her reappearance in the Further Flight Stakes, a Listed event at Nottingham on Wednesday.