03:19PM, Monday 18 July 2016
It should be a beautiful evening at Royal Windsor Racecourse tonight.
The first is for two-year-old maidens. There are a lot of unexposed horses in the race, so not much to go on form wise and those strong in the market could be of interest. Ralph Becket has the favourite, Tropical Rock, who has run twice finishing second last time. He has had stalls issues but has displayed a lot of talent and is the worthy favourite. Miss Laila, is an unraced horse of Richard Hughes that cost £50,000 as a yearling and should be watched in the market.
Makzeem is the hot favourite in the second, another maiden race. He finished second at Newbury eleven days ago and is the one form wise that should go on and break his maiden. We have Faction in the race, he is a well bred horse but is still immature and should improve with time and he may want the going a bit softer this evening.
Roger Varian saddles the likely favourite Absolute Zero in the third, who ran well last time out. Perpetual Change should also be in the frame, who has improved since his last run. Josephine Gordon, a jockey going very well at the moment takes three pounds of the bottom weight Henry The Explorer and I feel offers good value.
In the fourth race, Ice Age has been dropped down in grade as well as distance and if he copes with this he should have his say in the finishing stages.
The Sky Bet Windsor Sprint Series is the fifth race. There are quite a few horses who have come nicely into form – Go On Go On Go On and Foxtrot Knight. Bouclier is another horse who is on a winning streak, he will need to step up from his last winning performance but I like following in form horses in sprint races and these three are my pick.
All My Love is ridden by Rob Hornby in the sixth, he is a good apprentice jockey based with me. The horse is also a course and distance winner and has been knocking at the door this season with two thirds and should be involved.
In the last, Richard Hughes has been campaigning Bunbury at Windsor this season. He is well bred horse and given some eye catching runs in maidens and perhaps can be forgiven his performances run on soft going and can build on his previous form.
Have a great night!
Gates Open - 3.45pm
First race - 5.45pm
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