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Leqqaa to serve up Cafes win


LEQQAA has hit the bar a couple of times in Listed company but his time can come in the Express Cafes Houghton Conditions Stakes at Newmarket.

An impressive winner on his racecourse bow at Leicester, he was only beaten a short-head by subsequent sales race victor Coupe De Ville at this level back in July.

Mark Johnston then upped his sights to Listed contests and he was far from disgraced when five lengths behind Fencing at Newbury but seemed to appreciate being upped to a mile last time.

Leqqaa hardly looked like troubling the winner at Haydock that day as he got going far too late but was only three-quarters of a length behind Crius at the line.

Given that horse has since triumphed in Group Three company, the form reads pretty well and Leqqaa should have a solid chance in this mile heat.

Secrecy is a clear pick on the ratings in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Conditions Stakes.

He suffered a surprise defeat when sent off an odds-on favourite at Hamilton last time but he emerged with a great deal of credit in defeat.

The five-year-old was beaten just a neck by Penitent but the winner enjoyed the run of the race and would have enjoyed the testing conditions much more than Secrecy.

A return to better ground at will certainly be in his favour and despite Secrecy having to concede weight all round again, Saeed bin Suroor's charge still looks a good bet.

Magic Minstrel, a son of the fine sprinter Lochsong, is the choice in Kempton's Connexion Communications Median Auction Maiden Stakes.

While the three-year-old needs this third start to merely qualify for a handicap rating, he could well lose his maiden tag in the process.

The son of Norse Dancer was very green when last on his debut, but showed a deal of improvement when second on his second attempt at the Sunbury venue last month.

Escort’men is a fascinating contender as he has his first start over fences in Fontwell's Louis Latour Beginners' Chase.

The five-year-old has had just five runs since joining Paul Nicholls from France last year and those outings have yielded two wins.

He claimed a Grade Two at Kempton in February 2010 before following up in a limited handicap at Chepstow the following October.