Our racing tipster likes a couple of handicap runners at Windsor.
It’s more about quantity than quality on this Bank Holiday – at least in Britain – with five modest cards to bet on.
I might add something for the jumps meetings at Kempton and Warwick once the final declarations are known, but it’s a couple of Flat runners at Windsor that are taking the eye as potential bets at this stage.
Hugo Palmer, fresh from saddling Galileo Gold to win Saturday’s 2000 Guineas, sets his sights on a far more lowly prize at the Berkshire track, the 1m3f handicap (5.10pm), which carries a first prize of £4,690, and his WALPOLE can pocket the loot.
The four-year-old is making his handicap debut off what looks a potentially generous mark after winning a maiden on the all-weather at Wolverhampton in February and before that a 1m5f bumper at Huntingdon in October. The bare form of those wins is nothing to get excited about, but he won eased down last time and there ought to be more to come.
His trainer certainly thinks so, saying in a recent Stable Tour: “The reason he started in a bumper was because he was so weak and backward and hadn’t really shown a lot of speed. Having made that plan he really improved and then bolted up at Wolverhampton. I think 77 is a perfectly reasonable mark to start on. He’s had a little break and has come back stronger and better. He’s got scope to improve.”
Another unbeaten runner making his handicap debut this afternoon is the William Haggas-trained LAPILLI, who contests the closing race on the card over 5f. It looks competitive with several other lightly-raced three-year-olds in opposition but the Haggas runner has as much scope as any having impressed when winning a Wolverhampton maiden on his racecourse debut at the end of March.
Slow into his stride on that occasion, he soon travelled well behind the leaders and when asked for his effort, he glided past his rivals to win comfortably by two and a half lengths. A 70,000 gelded half-brother to a couple of all-weather winners, he may not have beaten much but he could still be anything and his trainer does well here, with a 23% strike rate (14-60) over the past five seasons.
UPDATE – since writing this piece on Saturday afternoon both selections have been priced up at around the even money mark, which is less than I was hoping for but understandable all the same. Still, we have the option to double them up and a £25 double with Sky Bet at their current odds pays £110.25.