After a near miss at Ascot yesterday, Matt Gardner is confident of landing the Placepot at Windsor this evening...
"Poyle Thomas was unable to show his full ability on handicap debut at Newmarket last time after being left with far too much to do..."
18:00 - Richard Hannon's Bold Spirit has to be respected given his trainers' record at the track but we're going to side with two others, namely Meeting Waters and Classic Pursuit. The first mentioned shaped with plenty of encouragement when finding only one too good on debut at Sandown and it's worth forgiving her performance at Salisbury as she raced freely and probably found the outing coming too soon. Classic Pursuit finished second to Trading Profit, who posted one of the best performances by a juvenile at Windsor this season, over C&D a fortnight ago, losing no caste in defeat, and he should continue to improve and seems likely to go well.
18:30 - Oriel has been expensive to follow and I'm not convinced that she's going to win here, in fact I would probably take a chance on John Gosden's Simple Magic to land the spoils, but it seems unlikely that Oriel will fail to make the places so there is little point in taking her on.
19:00 - Blackball isn't one to give up on just yet but he ran poorly at Redcar last time so we're more interested in The Scuttler and Admirable Art for Placepot purposes. The former was below form when last seen but he is the type to bounce back quickly and could do just that here whilst Admirable Art, trained by Tony Carroll, looks worth a go at a mile and is still relatively unexposed, so he should go well with the booking of Ryan Moore catching the eye.
19:30 - This is a difficult race to weigh up as most of the runners have both positive and negatives surrounding them, but a fairly safe selection looks to be Royal Guinevere. The Dean Ivory yard is in rude health at present and she looks just the type to go well under a penalty incurred for her win at Doncaster last time. We're also going to stick in Broughtons Charm, who is pretty unexposed after just four runs and made a fair return to action when fourth at Kempton last month.
20:00 - Significant Move seems to save his bets for this track nowadays and he should go well, though he could struggle to contain Chris Wall's lightly-raced Ze King, who put up a good effort when second at Lingfield in January. He has presumably had his problems since but his trainer can ready one after a lay-off and he looks to hold solid claims of taking his first win.
20:30 - Shirataki looks pretty solid but we're going to side with Ralph Beckett's thrice-raced Poyle Thomas, who was unable to show his full ability on handicap debut at Newmarket last time after being left with far too much to do. He drops in grade here and is worthy of the utmost respect.
18:00 - 4, 13
18:30 - 3
19:00 - 5, 6
19:30 - 4, 6
20:00 - 6
20:30 - 2
= 8 lines
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