Our racing expert is eyeing up a treble at Windsor this evening.
The maiden fillies’ stakes run over 5f at Ascot ten days could throw up a couple of winners at Windsor this evening.
It looked a decent contest with plenty of depth to it and the winner Shades Of Blue, a 105,000gns daughter of Kodiac who showed a smart turn of foot, is a Queen Mary contender if I’ve ever seen one, while the runner-up Queen Of Bermuda went one better at Thirsk on Saturday to frank the form.
But it’s the third and fourth, COME ON LEICESTER and Satisfying, that concern us here and the former Richard Hannon-trained filly is taken to make short work of her rivals in the opening 5f fillies’ novice. Another daughter of Kodiac, she was punted throughout the day into 5/2 ahead of her racecourse debut and, while her backers did their money, she still finished a highly creditable third considering she was sluggish from the gates and, having recovered well to lead, looked likely to get swamped two out.
She is clearly talented, which is to be expected given she cost 360,000gns in April of this year, and should know more of what’s required here, with the booking of Ryan Moore another thing in her favour.
The Ascot fourth, Richard Hughes’ SATISFYING, runs half an hour later in another fillies’ novice but run over an extra furlong. A more modest purchase at 68,000gns, which might prove good value in time, she was a big drifter ahead of her debut (10/1 to 16/1 on course), suggesting she wasn’t fully wound up, yet she worked her way to the front a furlong out and was only just pipped for third. Her dam won over 5f at two, but she is bred to get a mile at least and the step up to 6f is probably what she needs at this stage of her career.
She’s up against some interesting newcomers, with Mark Johnston’s Main Edition feared most of these and likely to go off favourite, but her experience will count for plenty.
THE TIN MAN is predictably a short-priced favourite for the 6f Listed contest on the card as he has at least 4lb in hand over six rivals on official ratings and his main market rival, Gifted Master, is conceding him 3lb. James Fanshawe’s gelding goes particularly well at Ascot, where he has won three times, including the 2016 running of the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee, but he did win first time out over this course and distance in that same season, and unlike the rest of his family he doesn’t mind fast ground.
Unless he’s a big drifter from the current 5/4, I wouldn’t want to be on anything else.
A £10 treble on today’s selections pays £150.34 at current bet365 odds (10/11, 5/2 & 5/4).
All odds were correct at time of posting.