We go again at Windsor this evening with a seven race card, including another heat of the Windsor Sprint Series. The opening two races take the shape of maidens, with a Roger Varian odds-on shot heading the market in the second. The opening maiden is for 2YOs, all without experience. Not the best of betting heats to begin the evening for obvious reasons, but I do like the look of Tom Clover’s juvenile, Pheidippides, who’s runners have gone well at Windsor and has already been backed into single figures this afternoon.
The 6 50 isn’t a very attractive betting proposition either with only five runners over the mile ensuring another trappy tactical affair at Windsor. Sir Plato would get the nod from me but without making him an official selection. Rumpole has been one of the best backed horses today, but I wouldn’t be trusting him with my cash just yet.
The 7 20 gives us our first official pick for the evening. Parnassian for Karl Burke should go close and at 11/2 holds good value in a small field. He goes well on quick ground, with a first and a second to his name on faster tracks which throws up the question why he hasn’t been raced on good ground or quicker more. His last run at Pontefract was his best to date, running well behind a horse the handicapper is still way out with. If running up to that form again off the same mark, he should be able to brush most of these aside. Open Wilde is the main threat; he seems to love Windsor and has been very well supported throughout today.
The 7 50 throws up another difficult race to call. Maid To Remember is favourite for Ralph Beckett, after winning at Nottingham on debut. She should improve for a step up to 1M2F and rightly heads the market, but doesn’t make for an attractive bet. You can make a case for all five in the race with the handicapper still to work out all five of these fillies.
Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore team up again in the 8 20, and unsurprisingly have the favourite in Nathan Mayer. The 3YO should be winning races like this off of 73 if connections are going to retain faith and he’ll be glad to be back on the grass after failing badly twice on the sand. I wouldn’t be betting in this race but Footman would get the preference if forced. He stepped up hugely when upped in trip last time out and I think there’s more to come now settled in distance.
The finale offers us a Class 6 and as a golden rule I don’t touch these. Who knows what will be thrown up in a race like this.. The sudden improvement found in some can be remarkable and the form of C6s is so hard to measure up against one another. Any horse with some form in a Class 5 gets the nod usually.