Horse Racing: Humidor hopes to be red hot

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Humidor can end a two-year barren spell with victory in the Prestwold Conditions Stakes at Leicester.

Trainer George Baker has opted for a less competitive test than of late in this five-furlong heat as Humidor seeks his first win since he won a Doncaster Listed race in September 2011.

While the six-year-old has failed to win during that period, he has run with credit on numerous occasions, not least when a close-up fourth in last year’s Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

He was last seen in handicap company when tackling the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood when he struggled to make a mark and suffered a troubled passage once his chance had already gone.

Humidor is obviously tricky to place at present with a mark of 102 but this conditions event could prove a fruitful solution if he can return to top form.

Nautilus let down favourite backers at Newmarket last time but should be given another chance in the Markfield Handicap.

A 15-length winner at Headquarters last month, he was made favourite as he turned out again just a week later but after getting into a protracted duel early on, he was swamped by Quick Jack in the closing stages.

Nevertheless he demonstrated a very likeable attitude and while life will be tougher off this mark of 84, Nautilus is still relatively lightly raced and can rise to the challenge.

Rebellious Guest takes a drop in company for the Nanpanton Handicap after losing his way this term.

He was thought good enough to run at Group One level as a juvenile but fell short of that level and has struggled to make a mark in competitive handicaps this term. This does not look any where near as hot as the likes of the International at Ascot and George Margarson is obviously keen to get his head in front once again.

Victoire De Lyphar is worth a try as he steps up to a mile in the Watch Racing UK On Sky 432 Stakes at Redcar.