Balding's Bankers: Monday night racing at Royal Windsor Racecourse (June 20)

Andrew Balding

Balding's Bankers: Monday night racing at Royal Windsor Racecourse (April 25)

Following a busy week at Royal Ascot it will be good to be back at Windsor tonight and enjoy relaxed summer evening vibe.

I have South Seas in the first.  He is a nicely bred horse by Lope De Vege, whose progeny are proven on soft going. He is going well at home and although this is his and all the other runners first time on a racecourse, I am hopeful of a good run from him.  For me the main dangers are Winning Ways, as William Haggas’s horses are running well and horse has a smart pedigree.  Also, Godolphin two-year olds should also always be noted and Act of Freedom represents the boys in blue this evening.

Shongolo represents our stable in the second.  He is a working progress and has run once, only similar ground to this evening and is open to improvement on his first run last month.  I would say Sir Michael Stoute’s Lolwah will be the worthy favourite and feel my fellow has each way claims.

Skeaping for the Hannon yard has caught my eye offering each way value in the third.  He has been knocking at the door in his last two starts and the trainer should always be respected particularly at Windsor.  Rock Steady for Roger Charlton would be my other pick.  The horse has been gelded since his promising win on his final run last season.

The Sky Bet Windsor Sprint Series features as the fourth race of the evening. Henry Candy, the sprint maestro and fresh from winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot, saddles Bounce. He ran an encouraging race on his seasonal debut in May and Candy’s stable seems to have come nicely into form.  I have also noted that Richard Fahey is sending from his Malton base Young John, who has been competitive on soft going in previous starts and Fahey is also a trainer renowned for his success in speed contests.

The Cheveley Park owned Indulged was very impressive when winning by eight lengths at Ripon recently and is likely to be the worthy favourite in the fifth race, which only has sixth races.

Her Majesty The Queen had a wonderful end to her Royal Ascot on Saturday with Dartmouth duly obliging.   Molton Gold is a colt who will represent The Queen and our stable this evening in the sixth.  He has run well on softer going, so a good test this evening should suit and we hope he can continue the winning streak in the Royal colours tonight.  I feel our main threat is the favourite Sixties Groove trained by Jeremy Noseda. 

In the last Oscars Journey won off a career low mark last month on soft going and he is still six pound lower tonight and is hard to ignore.  Quality Art would be my each way pick, as he unseated his rider at the start in his last but one start and them finished third in his last start and maybe he can progress from this.

Have a great night. 


Gates Open: 3.50pm

First Race 5.50pm

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