Our racing expert has earmarked a trio of Windsor runners for support.
Henry Candy looks to have turned the corner after a slow start to the season and his BOUNCE rates nap material when she runs in this evening’s feature 6f handicap at Windsor (due off 7.20pm).
The trainer has had just three winners on turf in 2016 but two of those have come in the last fortnight and stable star Twilight Son did the business in Saturday’s Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The selection could well be number four after her highly encouraging third on her reappearance at Leicester. Having only her third start and making her handicap debut, she travelled nicely to the front just over two furlongs from home, before her 243-day absence started to tell. That run should have put her spot on for this assignment and she can run off the same mark here.
Later on the card, James Fanshawe’s INDULGED is a strong fancy for the 1m2f fillies’ handicap (7.50pm) off what is potentially a generous initial mark of 82.
The daughter of Teofilo finished fourth on her racecourse debut in what is now looking a hot maiden at Nottingham in early May. The winner Poet’s Word was a respectable fourth when trying to follow up in a decent Epsom handicap, while the second and third, Muntahaa and Shraaoh, won their subsequent starts with the latter then going off 5/2 favourite for the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot, only to run well below-par.
The selection did her bit to frank the form when getting off the mark in a Ripon maiden on her next start and she was value for far more than her winning margin of a neck. Briefly outpaced as the odds-on favourite went for home, she was soon back on an even keel and, having led approaching the final furlong, her rider eased her down. There was an eight length gap back to the third. She looks the type to be contesting Listed races by seasons end and this modest handicap looks hers for the taking.
At bigger odds, Dean Ivory’s SECRET BIRD is worth a small wager in the concluding 5f handicap. He has finished well beaten in both his starts this term, but ran better than his finishing position of 11th would suggest over 6f at Chepstow last time, when leading for two furlongs and staying prominent until weakening approaching the final furlong.
The combination of a furlong less to travel and a 2lb ease in the weights – he’s now just 2lb higher than when winning here last September – could be just what he needs to get his back in front, with no concerns over the soft ground either.