Our racing expert is sweet on a couple of sprinters at Windsor this evening.
The biggest field of the night lines up in the Windsor Sprint Series Finale Handicap over 6f and no wonder as the winner picks up a tidy £46,688, which is way more than what most of the 16 runners are used to competing for.
Joseph Tuite’s KIMIFIVE picked up a more modest £7k for his connections when winning a qualifier over the same course and distance in June, when he was the only one to race against the favoured near side rail from his handy position in stall two. Previously, he had finished a neck second in a novice over 5f here and he had no problem following up his success on his return at the beginning of July, drawing right away in the closing stages under his regular rider Nicola Currie.
It’s safe to say then he likes this track – his form figures now read 211 – and that makes him worthy of serious interest this evening, especially as he’s continued to run well in two outings since on the Newmarket July Course. To finish sixth of the 22 runners under his penalty in a hot 6f contest, doing best of those who raced stands’ side, was certainly no disgrace, and he only just lost out last time.
Clearly still in terrific form, he has bagged stall one this evening and it would be no surprise to see Currie again stick to the near side rail, which may well prove to be a winning move.
Eight will go to post for the 5f handicap on the card and Tylery Wonder, who bounced back to winning form over track and trip last time, seems sure to make a bold bid to follow up under a 6lb penalty. Effectively running off a mark of 79 this evening, he’s by no means harshly treated given that he won off 80 last September and Luke Morris keeps the ride.
This is a step up in grade, though, and he’s up against a very well handicapped sort in HARRY HURRICANE, whose winning turn is surely nigh. While George Baker’s six-year-old is on a long losing run (since September 2016 to be exact), he has been running in better races mostly and there have been some notable efforts in defeat, including seconds in handicaps at Meydan and Musselburgh off marks in the high 90s.
It doesn’t take a genius then to work out he’s dangerously weighted on a perch of 82 and the booking of Pat Cosgrove, who has won twice on him previously, provides further encouragement. Having done too much early on before fading when last seen out at Chester, a more patient ride this evening might just see him outclass these.
All odds were correct at time of posting.