Windsor Preview: Typhoon fancied to Storm home under Hughes
Trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Richard Hughes have a tremendous record with juvenile runners at Windsor and Typhoon Storm can provide them with another winner in the 6f contest there this evening (6.35).
The colt was was his yard’s third string when making his debut at Newmarket and shaped with bags of promise to finish fifth of 11 to Lexington Times.
Typhoon Storm travelled really strongly for much of the 7f contest until weakening late on to be beaten 4 1/4 lengths.
The third home, stable-mate Basateen, has since come out and romped home by eight lengths to give the form a solid look and the drop back to 6f looks sure to suit Typhoon Storm.
The son of Kyllachy won’t have to build much on that run to take this class 5 maiden, and with further improvement assured Typhoon Storm rates the best bet on the card.
Sleep Walk hacked-up on debut and looks potentially a cut-above her rivals in the 6f handicap (7.05).
The Roger Charlton trained filly didn’t have to come out of second gear when winning by four lengths at Bath, and although she didn’t beat much there was lots to like about the way Sleep Walk went about her business.
The well-bred daughter of Oasis Dream came from off the pace to take up the running a furlong from home on the bridle, and showed an instant turn of foot to quicken clear and put the race to bed in a matter of strides.
With the prospect of plenty improvement to come, the handicapper looks to have taken a big chance in allotting Sleep Walk and opening handicap mark of just 65 and it will be disappointing if the three-year-old doesn’t take this before going on to better things.
In the 1m 3f handicap that closes the card (8.35), On Stage can provide promising young rider Jenny Powell with another success.
The mare is just 2lb higher than when winning an apprentice handicap at Warwick 12 months ago by 3 1/2 lengths, and bounced back to form last time out when a close-up third at Chepstow.
The five-year-old fluffed that start before staying on strongly to be beaten just 3/4 of a length, and now has her first start for trainer Brendan Powell having left Stuart Kittow.
A repeat of that run is going to make On Stage hard to beat in what is an extremely weak looking class 5 contest, and she will get maximum assistance in the saddle from Powell who has done nothing but impress and is terrific value for her 7lb claim.
6.35: Typhoon Season (NAP)
7.05: Sleep Walk (NB)
7.35: Hostile Fire
8.05: Choral Festival
8.35: On Stage