Our racing expert marks your card for Monday's Flat action at Windsor.
FORMIDABLE KITT can hopefully get us off to a flyer in the opening class 4 5f contest. Tom Dascombe’s filly was highly tried after winning on her debut at Newmarket last April, including when finishing down the field in the Queen Mary, and handicaps are going to be her thing this season.
Certainly, a mark of 84 doesn’t look beyond her and there was plenty of encouragement to be gleaned from her reappearance fourth at the Chester May meeting. Quick away, she was right up there with what turned out to be a suicidal pace and, once this collapsed, was passed late on by three better drawn closers. As that was a class 2, she’s taking a considerable drop in class this evening and having had a run to get the freshness out of her, she can take advantage.
As the only winner in the field, Queen Of Bermuda looks the one to beat in the 5f novice stakes, although she is penalised and is up against a few others who have shown enough ability to suggest they can win a race of this nature.
They include Clive Cox’s MYKINDOFSUNSHINE and Charlie Appleby’s Fly The Nest, who finished sixth and seventh in the same Newbury 6f maiden 17 days ago. The latter horse was a disappointing favourite on that occasion given he’d run so well on his debut previously, whereas the Cox colt was a real eye-catcher, coming home well after being hampered when looking to make his challenge. Considering the pace he showed there, he won’t be inconvenienced by dropping back to the minimum and could give the favourite a run for her money. UPDATE – the selection is proving easy to back – out to 10/1 in places from an opening 11/2 – while the Queen Of Bermuda is now odds-on. The market in these type of races is probably the best guide, so best keep stakes very small.
Cox and Adam Kirby also team up with LOUIE DE PALMA in the 6f handicap and the lightly-raced six-year-old should go close. Given that he’d been off since finishing second in the 2014 Richmond Stakes as a juvenile, he attracted a surprising amount of market support on his belated return to action in last month’s Victoria Cup. Sadly for his backers, he failed to pick up when asked during the race itself, suggesting the run was needed after all, although it didn’t help that he was drawn on the wrong side of the track and to his credit he was beaten only a shade over six lengths.
Clearly he retains plenty of ability and he should now be ready to pick up where he left off at two, with his handicap mark of 92 far from being unrealistic. He’s in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot later this month and he’d be an interesting contender there given he’s already won over that course and distance. But he’ll need to win before then and go up a few pounds to stand any chance of taking up that engagement and this looks a decent opportunity, back at the scene of his racecourse debut success.
All odds were correct at time of posting.