Our resident tipster is hopeful of starting the week on a winning note with this trio of Windsor runners.
Luca Cumani has his string in fine form and his FOUR ON EIGHT should be up to winning this afternoon’s median auction stakes at Windsor (due off 2.50pm).
Like many of the stable juveniles he has improved with racing and stepped up considerably on his debut effort when finishing third in a decent Newmarket maiden last time. He had several good sorts in behind that day and the form was franked when the fourth Taurean Star won his next start.
His entry in the 2016 Derby looks highly speculative at this stage, but this stoutly bred son of Lawman seems certain to be suited by the step up to a mile and he should be up to winning this modest maiden, with the booking of Frankie Dettori the absolute clincher for the bet.
Later on the same Windsor card, Geoffrey Deacon’s DAWN CATCHER looks well worth an interest in the 5f handicap (3.50pm). She did her small stable proud when winning four races last season at the age of four, but her trainer, when speaking after her success at Nottingham in October, was adamant that she would improve again over the winter and only fulfil her promise in 2015.
She’s yet to prove that in two starts but there wasn’t anything wrong with her third on heavy ground at Ffos Las 19 days ago, her first run since May, and back on less demanding ground this afternoon she could well resume her progress. It seems significant that Deacon has booked talented conditional Tom Marquand to ride – a first for the stable – and his 5lb claim could well make the difference between winning and losing.
Staying at Windsor and the Charlie Fellowes trained CITY OF STARS is an interesting runner in the nursery handicap run over an extended mile (3.20pm). He showed considerable promise in four starts for Mick Appleby earlier this season, including a debut second in a conditions race at Newmarket, and he’s making his stable debut here off what looks a generous mark of 67, 5lb lower than when finishing fourth at Pontefract in July.
While he’s by a precocious sire, there is plenty of stamina on his dam’s side and the step up in trip could be just what he needs to get his head in front, having been outpaced in his races over shorter. The stable is in good form with a couple of winners from a handful of runners in the last fortnight, so there’s plenty to like about his chances and any market support would onlu serve to increase confidence.