Our racing expert marks your card for Monday evening meeting at Windsor.
It’s back to the bread and butter stuff this week and both today’s fancies are in action at Windsor this evening.
Just six go to post for the 6f handicap for three-year-olds and it could pay to concentrate on the two last time out winners Harbour Storm and BUFFER ZONE, who is preferred after justifying strong market support over course and distance at the beginning of this month.
Given a positive ride by Kieren Shoemark, his backers had few anxious moments as he led at halfway and when shaken up two furlongs out, he fairly sprinted clear for a two and one-quarter length success over the other fancied runner Buridan, who franked the form when going one better on his next outing.
The form could get another boost when the third Persian Prize makes his his handicap debut at Wolverhampton earlier this evening (6:20).
On that evidence, the son of Bated Breath has done well from two to three and looks a useful prospect who could on to much better things, starting with another victory here off what looks a workable mark.
It could be a good evening for his owner Khalid Abdullah as he has double prospects with the Amanda Perrett-trained DESERT PATH, who faces just five rivals in the 1m3f99y handicap.
The three-year-old was very impressive when scoring by four and a half lengths over slightly shorter here on his reappearance in May, having shown promise on a couple of novice starts at two and having been gelded in the meantime.
That qualified him for a mark of 86 and it was put to the test in quite a decent class 3 handicap at Sandown won by Corgi, who so nearly followed up at Royal Ascot last week. The selection could only finish sixth of the seven runners on that occasion but he never really got a clear run of things, having been trapped on the rail in behind the weakening leader, and the tactical nature of the race didn’t suit him anyway.
He therefore has to be worth another chance now dropping back down in grade and having also been dropped 4lb by the handicapper, which means he just gets in this class 4 off top weight. Robert Havlin, who rode him into fourth at Kempton last October, takes over the reigns.
All odds were correct at time of posting.