Windsor preview: Black Shadow weighted to strike
Black Shadow can take advantage of a career-low mark to land the 1m 3f handicap on this evening’s six-race card at Windsor (20.05).
The Amanda Perrett trained gelding ran a stormer on his seasonal reappearance last year when second of 10 to Honor Bound over 1m 2f at this venue, and then opened his account in good style over 1m 3f at Goodwood when maKing all and only having to be pushed clear to beat Altaayil by an easy 3 1/2 lengths on soft ground.
It was an effort which marked Black Shadow out as a useful prospect on an upward curve, and the son of New Appeoach ran really well on his handicap debut at Epsom when runner-up to What About Carlo over in a class 2 contest over 1m 2f off an opening mark of 93.
Black Shadow went on to finish cracking fourth of 11 to The Coriscan in a similar grade affair at Goodwood off 94, and is now able to race in this lower grade class 3 contest off just 90.
It gives Black Shadow major claims from a handicapping perspective, and fitness should not be an issue as he ran well first time up last season and Perrett has her team in flying form at present.
The four-year-old is also versatile as regards going and will not mind any rain which hits the track, and the booking of Richard Hughes to do the steering in another plus.
Sydney Ruffdiamond showed a good attitude when opening his account at the track and can defy a 6lb rise in the weights to follow-up in the 5f handicap that closes proceedings (20.35).
The Richard Hannon trained gelding relished to the drop down the minimum trip, making all and finding plenty for pressure to beat Lady Kyllar by a head.
Although now 1lb worse off with that rival, Syndey Ruffdiamond was well on top at the finish and looks the type who has more to offer.
The three-year-old also has the services of apprentice jockey Tom Marquand in the saddle, who is one of the rising stars in the game and unbelievable value for his 7lb claim.
Taking it into account, Sydney Ruffdiamond is 1lb lower than when scoring over course and distance two weeks ago.
That makes the son of Equiano weighted to take all the beating, and another plus is that the Hannon yard to particularly well with their runners at the venue and are beginning to bang in the winners.
18.05: Doc Hay
18.35: Dream Dreamer
19.05: Soapy Aitken
20.05: Black Shadow (NAP)
20.35: Sydney Ruffdiamond (NB)