Another one winner out of two yesterday at the Curragh, enough for a profit but surely a double is imminent.
Some sneakily interesting racing for a Monday and the afternoon action takes us to Thirsk, always a favourite of ours.
The fillies handicap (1445 BST) is particularly intriguing. The eye is immediately drawn to the lightly raced Ghaseedah from a shrewd yard and in her first handicap. She’s very tempting but this quick turning 7f may challenge her inexperience.
The only pace angle here looks to be Clear As A Bell. She was held on the all weather when trying to complete a hat-trick last time. This track is much more suitable for her pace pressing tactics and if jockey David Allan can grab an uncontested lead, fill her lungs round the tight bend, then set sail for home she could take some catching.
We rarely bet at tricky Windsor, but the lure of a big field of sprinters in the final of a season long Windsor series is simply too much to resist (1850).
Plenty of these have good chances, and course form abounds as it acts as a condition of entry to the race.
Trainer Amanda Perrett runs three. All should be respected but we think the market has this wrong making Lightning Charlie the outsider of her entries and a big outsider in the field.
It’s worth ignoring a poor run on soft at Goodwood last time, he had previously won at Ascot, which is never easy, and was luckless in 2nd when qualifying for this over the course and distance.
He looks well drawn, and regular pilot Steve Drowned has been around Windsor more times that the Queen’s corgis.
Clear As A Bell (1445 Thirsk), 1pt win, 9/1 generally available
Lightning Charlie, (1850 Windsor), 0.5pts each way, 25/1 generally available
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