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A fairly average day of racing, which is normality for Mondays, but there is a couple of decent races at Windsor's night meeting, which is where I've had my money on.
Three-year-olds don't have the best record in this race, out of the six runners who have contested this in the last ten years only one has won. However, that doesn't tell the full story as most of them were no-hopers and were big odds (ranging from 14/1 – 40/1), with only two who were quite fancied in the market at 3/1 (finished 2nd) and 7/1. This year we have a real stand-out bit of form from the Richard Hannon 3yo and based on that, he has to be hard to beat.
WITCH HUNTER was a good juvenile last year, running respectably in decent races without actually getting his head in front, which included a 3rd in a Class 2 race at Salisbury, won by a horse-rated 101 at the time. He then finished 2nd in a Class 1 listed race at York behind Canonized who was 100 rated, who has since finished behind Witch Hunter in a Listed race at Lingfield where Witch Hunter was the EVS favourite but finished runner-up to El Caballo. There's no disgrace in being beaten by El Caballo as he has franked the form by winning a Group 2 at Haydock beating some nice sprinters. A drop back into handicap company will make life easier for the son of Siyouni and he can win this before having another attempt at Class 1 honours later in the season.
The opening price of around 2/1 – 9/4 seems generous and I expect that to shorten before today's racing starts.
I'm not for one minute saying that DANVILLE is the best-handicapped horse in this race, but it could prove that the race might unfold in the favour of the 4yo gelding of Muhaarar.
With every runner in this race looking likely to be held up, there looks like an easy lead on the cards for Danville and Hollie Doyle. Windsor has proven to be a very effective playground for front runners over the last couple of seasons, with the rail playing a huge part in that as it is simply the best place to be on the straight, so with that being said, I'm hoping Danville gets an uncontested lead and Hollie can dictate the race at her pleasure and set her own fractions to suit the selection.
He won over a mile at Windsor in the middle of May and showed grit and determination to win that race. He led in that but was headed, but showed his battling qualities to get back up and win by a length.
Eve is having a decent time of things with her stable getting five winners in the last two weeks, and we all know how well Hollie Doyle is riding with the weekend just past with Trueshan and the French Oaks the weekend before. This horse is the biggest outsider of the field and looks good odds for a small win bet.