Windsor flirted with Tuesday evening racing last week, but it is back in its rightful place tonight and we begin our preview at the Thameside track where the ground was described as good to soft on Sunday morning although it is likely to be no worse than good come post time with no rain forecast for Monday.
In the 10f Fillies’ Maiden Raventree (John Gosden) and Naked Lass (William Haggas) represent top yards and shaped with considerable promise over a mile on debut. They should soon be finding a race, but Hughie Morrison’s Coquette (7.30) finished best of all when runner up over tonight’s trip at Goodwood on debut and she is taken to go one better under Royal Ascot winning jockey Hollie Doyle.
The filly Persian Beauty (8.30) could have been let in lightly off an opening mark of 66 for Simon & Ed Crisford. The selection was no match for Gosden’s Galsworthy over this evening’s trip at Kempton on her reappearance, but she is likely to trip fitter tonight and is fitted with first-time cheek-pieces. She is certainly bred to be a good deal better than her opening mark and James Doyle is a positive booking. The 2/1 with William Hill did not last long but she remains of interest at 15/8 at the time of writing.
Over at Thirsk and the form of Grandee’s third on his reappearance was given a boost when the winner followed up – albeit courtesy of the Stewards’ Room – at Newmarket on Saturday but he may need further than today’s 12f trip. My two against the field are Groveman – who ran well from the front at Pontefract on his return – and Red Force One (3.20) who runs in the colours of the legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The selection – 6/1 at William Hill – was beaten a head by Finniston Farm at Haydock off this mark last May and needs fast ground and a decent pace to be seen at his most effective.
A Star Above (3.50) was beaten just over 5L at Lingfield behind Kipps and the winner was runner up at Royal Ascot earlier in the week. A number of William Haggas’ trained three-year-olds have come on for their seasonal debut, but connections do appear to have found a good opportunity for this gelded son of Sea The Stars.
Roger Varian’s Retrospect disappointed on debut and a bigger danger might be the Mark Johnston trained debutante Margaret Dumont who Groucho Marx – who courted her affection and money in five Marx Brothers films – once described as “practically the fifth Marx Brother.” I hope she enjoys her ”Day At The Races”.
At Limerick, the mare Flying Risk (6.10) won a Bumper on good ground here back in July and she has run well on soft and heavy ground over timber. She steps up in trip for her reappearance, but she is in good hands and the return to decent ground can, hopefully, bring about the necessary improvement.
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