Windsor Placepot: Monday August 20

It's Monday evening, so it must be Windsor races.

Placepot success for Timeform colleague Matt Gardner yesterday gives Paul Goodenough plenty of confidence ahead of his permutation at Windsor this evening...

Richard Hannon runs a couple in the 6f maiden for two-year-olds, with his speedily-bred Colmar Kid expected to appreciate dropping back to this trip...

17:30 - Only eight declared for this apprentice riders event, but a tough conundrum to crack nevertheless. Glass Mountain has been more miss than hit this year, but as a result his mark has dropped to a winnable one and he had one of his going days when last seen at Sandown recently. Lawney Hill's Royal Etiquette had an unfortunate experience on his last visit here four weeks ago, unseating his rider coming out of the stalls, but, on the basis that was a one-off, he warrants inclusion judged on his two good runs (both here) immediately preceeding that.

18:00 - Richard Hannon runs a couple in the 6f maiden for two-year-olds, with his speedily-bred Colmar Kid expected to appreciate dropping back to this trip. Despite running with credit on all three starts so far over an extra furlong, he left the impression any further progress in the short term might come at this shorter distance. Purcell also comes into the mix, looking a maiden winner in-waiting when third behind Derwent at Newbury earlier this month and representing a yard that has been in good nick throughout the summer.

18:30 - Into The Wind ran creditably around this time last year, but remained a maiden until scoring over C&D four weeks ago. He got the better of one of today's rivals King's Masque that day and should confirm placings here. Urban Space must be included too, a five-time previous winner at this venue who drops into selling class despite a couple of good seconds in handicaps here earlier this year.

19:00 - Several in-form fillies contest this handicap, with the lightly-races Burke's Rock high on the shortlist on the back of a good pair of seconds at this trip recently. Despite creeping up the weights, there's probably more to come and cheekpieces are tried for the first time this evening. Perhaps her biggest rival will be Strathnaver, who has shown steadily progressive form in her seven race career so far, just touched off by My Queenie at Goodwood earlier this month.

19:30 - Few, if any, yards are currently in better nick than Clive Cox's and the fact that Tonle Sap ran so well on debut when the stable was in the doldrums suggests there is plenty more to come. Despite the presence of several well-bred rivals representing strong connections, her debut third here behind Keene Dancer (winner again since) looks amongst the strongest on show.

20:00 - The finale sees Ffos Las maiden winner Silken Express stepping into handicap company and she may have been let in very lightly off a mark of 73. Higher up the ratings, O'Gorman has shaped well on his latest two outings, with a change of yard in between not dampening enthusiasm for his chances here. His style of running means he sometimes needs luck in-running, something that was in short supply at Newbury a couple of weeks ago, but this smaller field should make life a little easier this evening.

Selections:
17:30 - 4, 5
18:00 - 2, 8
18:30 - 4, 6
19:00 - 2, 3
19:30 - 8
20:00 - 2, 7
= 32 lines

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