Our racing expert marks your card for the Bank Holiday fare.
It’s more about quantity than quality on this Bank Holiday Monday and stakes should be kept small, but a couple of Windsor handicappers are catching the eye and could help pay for the barbecue food/beers later.
Charlie Hills has a couple of runners at the Berkshire venue and ANGEL OF DARKNESS looks by by far his best chance when she goes in the 6f handicap. The daughter of Dark Angel won a couple of races at around this time last year and also ran some solid races in defeat, including when a neck second over today’s track and trip in August before arguably bettering that when third in a class 2 handicap at York. She runs off the same mark here and has the scope for more progress this term having done particularly well over the winter, according to her trainer in a recent Stable Tour. Indeed, he’s hopeful that she can pick up some black type (by placing in Listed company), so she ought to be very competitive in this class 4 contest under James Doyle, who had a winning ride (Jalotta) for the same stable last week. Delegate This Lord is feared most.
Richard Hughes’ runners are always worth a second look at this track and the Upper Lambourn trainer has made a cracking start to this month with three winners on the board already. That’s a positive for the chances for BID ADIEU, his sole runner at the track this afternoon in the 1m2f handicap, and the four-year-old is also interesting on his reappearance third at Southwell in early April. Having his first start for his fourth different trainer on only his sixth outing on what was also his handicap debut, he earned himself plenty of credit for doing best of those held up over a trip (1m) that would have been plenty sharp enough. On that evidence, he can definitely win races off his current mark (78) and will appreciate today’s step up in trip, while he also benefits from Finley Marsh’s 5lb claim. He looks to have Clive Cox’s Come On Come On to beat.
All odds were correct at time of posting.