Our resident tipster is eyeing up a big-priced double at Windsor.
It often pays to follow a filly in form and FREE TO LOVE can prove a good case in point in the 6f handicap at Windsor this afternoon.
Charlie Hills’ filly is the least experienced runner in the field after just seven starts, but she’s clearly improving fast judging on recent racecourse evidence. Having shown considerable promise at two and on her first two starts this season, the daughter of 5f Group 3 winner Cay Verde has now won two of her last three starts, both 5f handicaps at Bath.
Steve Drowne, who has ridden her on all bar one of her starts and is back on board this afternoon, said after her latest success that she was only now starting to find her strength and Hills was also complimentary in his Weekender column, saying he thought she could progress further. That provides plenty of encouragement that she can defy a 4lb rise and see off her 15 rivals, the best of whom may be northern raider My Dad Syd.
By coincidence I fancy another dual Bath winner in the 1m2f handicap run later on the card. Marcus Tregonning’s THAMES KNIGHT was breaking his duck when scoring at that venue in August and he duly followed up just four days when returned there under a penalty.
Having been reassessed and raised to a new mark of 76, he could only finish third at Goodwood when attempting the hat-trick, but he was possibly inconvenienced by having to race up the centre of the track, whereas the principals benefitted from racing on a faster strip of ground near the stands’ rail.
He remains progressive and with Louis Steward taking a handy 3lb off his back he is fancied to get back to winning ways at the possible expense of Mark Johnston’s top weight Freight Train. The latter arrives here on the back of a Redcar success, but he was enterprisingly ridden that day and the form needs treating with some caution.
Both of today’s selections are worth backing in singles at the prices, but it’s hard to resist a cheeky each-way double at the combined win odds of 55/1, with the place double yielding a small profit too.