Windsor Expert Eye: Course info and tips for Monday's evening card

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We have four outright picks - listed below with the reasons behind them further down the page - along with some useful course stats for you to consider when placing your bets, while the highly informative Windsor race card is just a click away at Planet Sports' Racing Live Centre.


Justcallmepete (16.55 Windsor)

Croeso Cymraeg (18.25 Windsor)

Darlectable You (18.55 Windsor)

Aerospace (19.25 Windsor)

Course characteristics

A flat 1 1/2m figure-of-eight course; sharp in character up to 1m70y. However, the length of the run-in (nearly 5f) means that gallopping sorts aren't inconvenienced.

No discernible draw bias on good or faster ground, but high numbers are favoured on soft as the runners tend to swing wide and head to the far rail.

Top trainers with runners

Richard Hannon is the winning-most trainer here over the past five years with 45 of his 267 runners (17%) finding the winners' enclosure. He has four chances to boost that tally this evening: Sixth Street and Monitor (16.55), Swear (17.25) and Kool Moe Doe, who is back on a winning mark in the 5f handicap (17.55) and should be fitter for his recent spin at Musselburgh.

Top jockeys with rides

The in-form Tom Marquand has booted home 46 winners from 265 rides (17%) here over the same period.

Tom Marquand is one of the leading jockeys at Windsor
Tom Marquand is one of the leading jockeys at Windsor

Backing all of his rides here blind would have yielded a whopping £85.64 profit to £1 level-stakes, and his best chance this evening looks to be the Martin Smith-trained Shabs in the closing mile handicap (19.55).

16.55 Windsor - Justcallemepete

Most of the 12 runners for this 6f handicap have been running on the all-weather and James Evans' Justcallmepete looks the pick of them, having shown improved form to win on his handicap debut at Southwell last month under today's rider Dougie Costello. While he has gone up 6lb for that, he's far from exposed after just four starts and we know he acts on turf too as he finished a promising third at Leicester on his racecourse debut last October. Bred to be speedy - he's a half-brother to very useful sprinters Harry's Bar and Mazzini, out of a winning sister to July Cup winner Frizzante - he has the potential to rate a good bit higher than his current mark of 74 and this class 5 contest looks winnable. He's owned by a syndicate, Peter Clarke Racing Partners, who have enjoyed plenty of winners this year (now 7-34, 21%), the latest being last week's Lingfield scorer Masqool.

18.25 Windsor - Croeso Cymraeg

This stablemate of Justcallmepete caught the eye when staying on into fifth on his seasonal reappearance at Leicester 24 days ago, having been slowly away and then failing to settle at the back off the field with no pace on up front.

The addition of first-time blinkers on that occasion clearly didn't do him any good and they are dispensed with, while he should strip fitter here with that run under his belt.

A six-time winner on the Flat (three times on turf), he's also back on a mark just 2lb higher than his last winning, with that being achieved on good to firm ground (forecast for this evening) last summer, and he stays this 1m4f well.

18.55 Windsor - Darlectable You

On racecourse evidence so far, this daughter of Dubawi doesn't look as good as some of her relatives, who include full sisters in So Mi Dar and Lah Ti Dar, but she surely has the ability to win off her current handicap mark of 80.

After finishing second in a Newcastle novice on her debut, she again came up short when beaten a neck by the now 102-rated and subsequent Listed winner Aristia at Newbury last April, before disappointing at Chester on ground deemed too soft for her. Representing the in-form Gosden Team (9-48 in the last fortnight), she looks to have been found an excellent opportunity to open her account and increase her paddock value considerably in the process.

19.25 Windsor - Aerospace

The Gosdens can double up on the card with Aerospace, a son of Sea The Stars who made his racecourse debut at Wolverhampton last November, finishing a close-up fourth behind his winning stablemate Emily UpJohn, who galloped into the Epsom Oaks picture when winning again at Sandown last Friday.

He perhaps should have done better on that occasion, given he was sent off even money favourite, although racing room was at a premium and this half-brother to 1m3f Group 2 winner Ambition should take off (pun intended) over middle distances this season. He has a Derby entry and could be heading for next month's Dante Stakes if winning well this evening, which is attractively priced thanks largely to the presence of Charlie Appleby's Cosmic Desert, who chased home a couple of previous winners on his racecourse debut at the Craven meeting and is respected nonetheless.

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