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Windsor Preview: Light Of Asia can shine under Fallon

Jockey Kieren Fallon has a tremendous strike rate when teaming up with trainer Alan Swinbank, and Light Of Asia holds major claims of providing the pair with another success in the 1m 3f handicap at Windsor this evening (19.30).

The six-times champion jockey has been successful on 50 per cent of his rides from the stable in the past 12 months (three wins from six mounts), and an overall success rate of just under 25 per cent for the yard since 2001.

His booking suggests connections mean business, and Light Of Asia comes into the contest on the back of a highly promising reappearance run at Catterick when third to Mr Gallivanter.

That was the four-year-old’s first start for Swinbank, and Light Of Asia got beat just 2 1/2 lengths after being denied a clear run at a crucial stage.

The son of Oratorio is sure to strip fitter for the outing, his first in 172 days, and is just 2lb higher in the weights than when landing a competitive 16-runner contest at Haydock last September.

That gives Light Of Asia big claims from a handicapping perspective in what isn’t the strongest looking of class 4 contests.

Chain Of Events has a good record fresh and looks decent value in the 1m 2f handicap (19.00).

The gelding was in cracking form last summer when landing a hat-trick of handicaps, with the last of those successes coming in a class 3 affair at Sandown off a mark of 80.

The eight-year-old went on to finish a creditable 14th of 22 to GM Hopkins in the class 2 Silver Cambridgeshire at Newmarket of 82 and now gets into this lower grade class 4 affair of his last winning mark.

It gives Chain Of Events every chance at the weights on his first start for trainer Michael Wigham, and lack of a run is unlikely to be an issue as the son of Nayef has won and been placed on numerous occasions after a lay-off.

In the 1m 3f handicap that closes proceedings (20.00), Callendula can build on a promising effort last time out to open her account at the sixth time of asking.

The filly kept on well to finish third to Rosenbaum at Wolverhampton, and the form has a strong look to it. The winner has gone on to follow-up by six lengths at Southwell, and the fourth home Convicted also won next time out.

That reads well in the context of this contest, and a reproduction of that effort is going to make Callendula tough to beat.

Selections:
17.30: Silver Wings
18.00: Gossiping
18.30: Wonder Laish
19.00: Chain Of Events (NB)
19.30: Light Of Asia (NAP)
20.00: Callendula