Our racing expert likes the look of three runners at Windsor this evening.
The 1m nursery looks a good opportunity for Mark Johnston’s ROYAL BIG NIGHT to follow up his recent Epsom nursery success over 7f. He needed every yard of that trip to get on top close home, showing a good attitude in the process, and a subsequent 4lb rise is unlikely to stop him, especially now he is stepping up to a mile.
A 170,000gns yearling, he has gone off at short prices on all four of his starts, suggesting he’s always shown plenty at home, and that he has an entry in Redcar’s Listed Two Year Old Trophy in October tells you he’s held in high regard. But he should continue to pay his way in nurseries before then and Silvestre De Sousa, who has a 1-4 strike rate on the stable runners in 2018, is a significant jockey booking.
I doubt bookmakers will be overly generous in pricing up the 1m2f handicap with Saeed bin Suroor’s MIDNIGHT MEETING potentially a cut above his six rivals and much better than his opening mark. Granted he’s been doing his winning at smaller tracks, novices at Nottingham (1m) and Salisbury (1m2f), and he was long odds-on to oblige last time under today’s rider Hayley Turner. But he looked more impressive the further he went on his first try over this trip and there is surely plenty more to come from this imposing specimen of a horse.
His big race entries include the St Leger and while that may be a tad ambitious, he really ought to be winning this ordinary class 3 contest off a perch of 90.
The 1m2f handicap for three-year-olds is packed with potential improvers and they include Charlie Fellowes’ BUCKLAND BOY, who is making his handicap debut off a mark of 67. That could prove to be lenient as while the closest he’s finished in three starts is fifth that came in a field of 16 over this track and trip, when giving the distinct impression that he would improve when sent down the handicap route.
Out of sprinter Bated Breath, he clearly gets his stamina from his dam, who is a daughter of Derby winner High Chaparral, and a half-sister to a 1m2f Listed winner. This is likely to be his best trip then and I’d expect his in-form trainer to have him to ready to exploit his good mark following a 61-day break, choosing this race from four entries this week.
All odds were correct at time of posting.