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Windsor Preview: Journey has Golden chance to follow-up

Golden Journey opened his account in good style last time out and looks up to defying a 4lb rise in the weights in the 1m 2f handicap at Windsor this evening (8.50).

The Clive Cox trained gelding landed some decent bets when relishing the step up in trip to beat Hedge Fund by 3/4 of a length in an apprentice handicap at Goodwood, hitting the front two from home and showing a good attitude to get the job done.

Golden Journey looked value for more than the winning margin, and a 4lb rise could well be on the lenient side given that the son of Nayef has had just five starts and remains open to further progress.

His handler is also in good form having saddled four winners from his last 10 runners, and with Adam Kirby in the saddle everything looks in place for a big run.

In the 5f handicap (7.20), Ziggy Lee is capable of going well at a big price on his first start for trainer Peter Hedger.

The eight-year-old doesn’t stand much racing these days, but showed that he retained plenty of ability when a 1 3/4 length third of 9 to Asian Trader at Nottingham last month.

Although the gelding then disappointed last time out at Goodwood, the son of Lujain got worked up before the start and is definitely worth another chance from what looks a workable mark.

Ziggy Lee is running off just 2lb higher than when scoring on his sole start last year at Beverley when ridden by Jordan Nason, and his new handler has booked the services of the young rider this evening.

Nason takes an invaluable 7lb off Ziggy Lee’s back, and with plenty of confirmed front runners in the race it could be set-up for a closer like Ziggy.

Soaring Spirits is back to his his last winning mark, and with Kieren Fallon in the saddle is a fascinating contender in the 1m handicap (7.50).

The gelding won twice last season, scoring over course and distance on fast ground before going on to land a 7f contest at Doncaster off his current rating of 77.

The four-year-old then ran well to finish third at Lingfield off 81, and shaped really well on his penultimate start at Chepstow when third of eight to Can’t Change It .

The son of Tamayuz then disappointed last time out at Kempton, but the return to the turf will suit and Soaring Spirits is undoubtedly weighted to go well for a trainer who boasts a healthy strike rate of 21% with his runners at the track in the past 12 months.

Selections:
5.50: Dominium
6.20: Mumford
6.50: Koliakhova
7.20: Ziggy Lee (NB)
7.50: Soaring Spirits
8.20: Patterned
8.50: Golden Journey (NAP)