Windsor Placepot: Monday April 23

Windsor Racecourse

Timeform's Matt Gardner turns his attention to a fascinating evening card at Windsor for Monday's placepot...

"Basseterre made a most impressive debut when winning at Lingfield in January, travelling powerfully before hitting the front and having plenty in hand under a hands and heels ride..."

17:25 - Vestibule looked in need of the experience when fifth in a course-and distance-maiden last week, making little impression but looking one that would do better on her next start. Richard Hannon saddled Best Terms to win this evening's race 12 months ago and, with that filly going on to win both the Queen Mary and Lowther Stakes, his representative this time around, Lucky Suit, certainly warrants inclusion in the 'pot.

17:55 - Desert Strike was successful over five furlongs at the track last year and hit the target twice on the all-weather in January when trained by Alan McCabe. He is yet to really get going for his current trainer, but was unlucky not to finish closer at the course last week having met trouble and he should fare better now. Highland Colori showed marked improvement to get off the mark at Southwell before making no impression on his handicap debut at Leicester, although he was not knocked about on the latter occasion. The stable switch from Tom Dascombe to Andrew Balding looks intriguing, and we probably haven't seen the best of him yet.

18:25 - Basseterre made a most impressive debut when winning at Lingfield in January, travelling powerfully before hitting the front and having plenty in hand under a hands and heels ride, beating a couple of horses who have won since. The suspicion is that he will make above-average improvement, and the Dante/Derby entrant goes in as our sole banker selection of the evening.

18:55 - Snow Hill improved for the switch to handicaps, winning over tonight's sort of trip at both Yarmouth and Haydock last year, idling in front for the latter success. He could yet have more to offer with underfoot conditions seeming to suit. Broughton Sands got off the mark at Lingfield in February and then improved to finish fourth at Windsor a week ago. The trip may just be on the lengthy side for him, but he remains unexposed and is worth including.

19:25 - Fearless Dream displayed enough promise at Goodwood in August on her debut to suggest that she is up to being involved in the finish in the fifth-leg maiden. She looked as though the run was required for both experience and fitness that day, slowly away from the stalls before making up some headway and not being knocked about as her effort flattened out, and she looks open to plenty of improvement. Current betting suggests that it may be worth taking a bit of a flyer on Derby entry Biographer, who hails from the in-form David Lanigan yard (three winners from last four runners). Biographer's dam is a close relative of 1000 Guineas heroine Bosra Sham and Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Hector Protector, so he also makes plenty of appeal on paper.

19:55 - The Gerard Butler-trained Nordic Quest appeals as the type to improve now tackling handicaps, having had three runs in maidens last year. It is easy to put a line through his Doncaster reappearance over an inadequate seven furlongs and the step up to almost a mile and a half could unlock more. That said, it is worth taking some insurance with Madam St Clair who, although making no significant impact in maidens, showed more encouragement on her handicap debut at Wolverhampton four days ago. The step up in trip and application of blinkers may eke out some improvement.


17:25 - 6, 9
17:55 - 11, 15
18:25 - 11
18:55 - 1, 8
19:25 - 4, 13
19:55 - 3, 6
= 32 lines

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