Windsor and Lingfield evening preview
British racing this evening comes from both Windsor and Lingfield, with two equally competitive seven-card meetings taking place.
Monday night meetings at Windsor are always popular and today’s event looks set to attract another large crowd with a host of competitive handicaps ably supported by some interesting maiden contests.
The highlights on the card include two Class 4 Handicaps with the 8.30pm Betdaq The Sports Betting Exchange Handicap worthy of closer attention.
A small but select field of six runners have lined-up for this three year-old contest over an extended 1m3f and both the Godolphin and Qatar Racing operations have runners at the head of the market.
Solidarity has shown himself to be a wonderfully consistent performer (having won or placed in five of his last six starts) and should run a creditable race once again; however, burdened with top weight, he could well be vulnerable to a more progressive rival.
That rival could well be Tears Of The Sun, a daughter of Mastercraftsman who won two on the bounce prior to her latest start, where she came up against better company and was unlucky in the race. Back down in class, and over a trip which should play to her stamina strengths, she should offer favourite backers a solid option in what could turn into a tactical affair.
Moving on to Lingfield and the all-weather, and the eye is drawn to the 8.20pm 32Red On The App Store Median Auction Maiden Stakes where Roger Carlton saddles Old Guard, a half-brother to the Group 1 winner – Thistle Bird.
This gelding was last seen over 8f at Windsor where, after making the running, he finished second, unable to handle the turn of foot possessed by his main market rival. Despite this, he rallied well when passed and gained ground nearing the line to only finish half a length down.
Bred to excel over 1m2f, and representing a trainer in fine form (26% strike-rate over the last two weeks), Old Guard is expected to gain his first victory at the main expense of horses like Tabjeel and Numrood. Both rivals shouldn’t be lightly dismissed though; with the former heralding from a stable with a course strike-rate of 33% in the last five seasons, and the latter being a 140,000 euro yearling by Mount Nelson out of a Singspiel mare.