Our racing expert likes the look of a couple of novices at Windsor this evening.
It’s the two novice contests on the card that contain today’s selections and neither are favourite.
Bookmakers prefer the chances of Ed Walker’s Glorious Lover in the 6f novice and that’s understandable as he made a very promising debut when third at Newbury last month and can only improve on that. But there should also be more to come from Kevin Ryan’s SENSE OF BELONGING and he’s the value of the pair.
The son of Dutch Art showed plenty of promise when third on his racecourse debut at York, a track where his trainer tends to introduce his nicer juveniles, and there were excuses for his odds-on defeat on his latest outing at Hamilton. For one, he didn’t look at all happy on the soft ground and didn’t help his cause either by taking a keen tug early, while it also came at a time when his yard was struggling for winners.
With the stable in much better form now and with ground conditions to suit, he has got to be worth another chance in this class 5 contest, which he really ought to be winning if his Group 1 entry later in the season is to be justified.
The 1m novice on the card features some interesting sorts and Richard Hannon’s Anchises sets a decent form standard on his debut third behind a smart stablemate at Newmarket last month. He should come on for that and bookmakers clearly reckon he’s the most likely winner as he’s no bigger than 6/5 at the time of writing, with Kings Slipper, who chased home a good sort at Salisbury last time, next in the betting.
However, a couple of others are worth a market check, including Charlie Hills’ debutant Dark Seraphim and Amanda Perrett’s filly PROCURE, who showed definite promise on her racecourse debut at Newbury (1m) last month.
Looking like the run would bring her on in the preliminaries and green in the race itself under pressure, she still threatened to get involved at one stage and it was only in the last 75 yards or so that she faded. She’s entitled to take a big step forward with that experience under her belt and this well-bred filly, who runs in the colours of Khalid Abdullah, could surprise her better fancied male rivals.
All odds were correct at time of posting.