Our racing expert marks your card for Monday's Flat action at Windsor.
The Hannon yard has won the 1m Listed contest several times and it can strike again with OH THIS IS US, who escapes a penalty for his Listed win at Haydock a year ago and was in fine form at the Dubai Carnival earlier this term, winning a tough handicap and finishing third in another not run to suit. Both those races were over 7f but he’s just as effective over a mile (three wins at that trip) and this looks a good winning opportunity for a horse who holds Group 1 entries in the Lockinge and Queen Anne.
Richard Hannon could also be on the mark with DOCTOR JAZZ in the novice median auction stakes, a race in which there is little or no form to go on. The selection has had just the one start in a similar race at Kempton last October and, while he could finish only seventh, it was still a respectable effort given he dwelt and then ran green. A £90,000 purchase as a yearling and a half-brother to decent 1m winner Daliyra, he can only improve on that and it would be no surprise if he was good enough to land this on his return.
The handicaps are far trickier as you’d expect and stakes should be kept small, but Rod Millman’s HAWRIDGE GLORY looks to have as good a chance as any in the 1m2f contest. He was progressive last season and rarely ran a bad race, winning twice and finishing third over an extended 1m3f here in October. That trip appeared to stretch his stamina to the limit as having made smooth headway to challenge over 1f out, he failed to quicken and dropped to third. The combination of today’s shorter trip and a 1lb lower mark should see him go close under the in-form Oisin Murphy, who rode a 9/1 winner for the same stable last week.
Clearly better was expected of Brian Meehan’s CARLINI on his seasonal reappearance at this track last month as he was a single-digit price for what was a competitive 1m handicap, only to trail home in tenth. However, he was held up well off the pace in a steadily run race in which it paid to be prominent and was spotted keeping on at the finish. A half-brother to 12 winners and lightly-raced after just four starts, he should be up to winning a race of this nature off his current mark (63) and Oisin Murphy keeps the ride.
All odds were correct at time of posting.