Our racing expert likes a trio of runners at Windsor this evening.
Experience counts for plenty of early season juvenile races and COPPER KNIGHT, fourth behind a useful sort at the Newmarket Craven meeting, can put that to good use in the opening novice stakes at Windsor this evening (5.30pm).
The son of Sir Prancealot was always prominent at HQ and picked up nicely to challenge in between the winner and third, before dropping out of it on the climb to the line. That has to go down as a highly promising first effort and with further improvement likely he looks well up to winning this ordinary contest.
His trainer Hugo Palmer is coming off a record season in 2015 with 34 winners, including a couple of Group 1s, and he’s started this one in great style with three winners from just nine runners (33%) on turf. He sent out another two-year-old, Hyperfocus, to score at Leicester last week and the selection can follow suit to take the stable record with such runners to 2-4.
William Haggas is another trainer who has his horses in flying form at this early stage of the season with his 14 winners coming at a strike rate of 27.5%. That’s the sort of return we’ve come to expect of the Newmarket handler and WAVE REVIEWS could well be another winner for him in the 1m maiden stakes for three-year-olds at Windsor (6.00pm), where he can boast a 24% strike rate with all his runners since 2012.
The son of Fastnet Rock showed bags of potential at two, only losing out on the nod on the second of those in a Newmarket (7f, good to soft) on his second outing, and looks the type to make up into a smart handicapper over 1m-1m2f this term. A half brother to stayer William Of Orange, he’s going to be strong at the finish today and, given the ground conditions (they’re calling it ‘soft’), his stamina could be what allows him to relinquish his maiden certificate.
The Copper Knight-Wave Reviews double pays 9/2 with Paddy Power at current odds.
There are some tricky handicaps later on the same card and punters should tread carefully. That said, it’s not hard to see Pam Sly’s ALL MY LOVE going well in the 1m3f contest. She was a winner over track and trip last October and arrives here on the back of a third place over a trip short of her best at Doncaster (soft) on her reappearance. She may well have improved for her winter break based on that effort and it’s worth noting her stable’s 50% (3-6) strike rate here for a whopping level-stakes profit of £62.00.