Balding's Bankers: Monday night racing at Royal Windsor Racecourse (June 13)

Andrew Balding

Balding's Bankers: Monday night racing at Royal Windsor Racecourse (June 13)

Every Monday, top racehorse trainer Andrew Balding will be giving his top tips for Monday night racing at the Royal Windsor Racecourse.

Check out Balding's Bankers for Monday, June 6 below.


We are on the eve before Royal Ascot week and what a great pre-cursor to get in the mood for the week ahead with a visit to Royal Windsor Racecourse tonight.

The first this evening is an apprentice jockey’s race. Form wise, the likely favourite Pink Ribbon looks to have the most solid claims, as he has been improve on his last two runs. However, Megan Nicholls is a good apprentice and her ride Turnbury has some form on the all-weather. I would dismiss the horse’s last two starts, which were over hurdles as he could favour the return to the flat.  Has each way value. 

In the second race, Compton Lane was third to Bohemian Flame, one of mine, who went onto to be placed in a listed contest and I know that Rod Milman thinks a lot about this horse and is capable of improving his placed form.  Richard Hughes saddles a nicely bred unraced two year old – Jashma.   Richard knows what it takes from a horse to win around Windsor, being one of the most successful jockeys at the course and this is one if worth keeping an eye on.  

Selling races are always a challenge and this one is particularly open.  However, trainer David Evans saddles Mesmeric Moment in the third race and as this trainer has a good record in this race and the horse favourably weighted I would favour him.

Jonathan Portman horses are running well and Joe Packet, a fantastic campaigner for his connections, and needs respecting.  On his only run this season he finished an encouraging second and seems to be on the improve. 

Tainted Love in the fifth race, consistent form suggests he could go one better this evening for trainer Chris Wall and jockey Ted Durcan.  The step up in distance for Salmon Man should also suit, the horse was just reaching his top gear in his previous starts over 7f so from that performance the mile is favoured for him. 

We have Sir Pass I am in the sixth.   He is a promising prospect but there are a couple of horses in  this contest who are well breed and I feel the ‘blue-bloods’ maybe just a bit too strong for us.  September Stars, trained by Ralph Beckett, is one, she was well held in her last race but her two previous efforts were eye catching.

In the last race Hardington for leading jumps trainer Alan King ran well on his handicap debut here two weeks ago. He does have a wide draw, which is not favourable, but the horse looks like he is progressive.  The King’s Steed displayed an encouraging run when third at Nottingham last time, although his breeding he is not likely suited to this trip, Ralph is a very good trainer and I feel he is worth a go.

Have a great night!

Andrew

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