Windsor Placepot: Monday June 25

Richard Hannon holds a typically strong hand at Windsor this evening.

After last week's excesses at Ascot, Timeform's Keith Melrose takes a more frugal approach to the Placepot at Windsor this evening...

Dixie’s Dream looks a better bet for us, consistent, perhaps even improving, prior to an easily-excusable effort last time...

18:10 - An ordinary big-field fillies handicap, but there are a number of three-year-olds taking on older horses for the first time and it's two from that category that we're placing our faith in. Tweet Lady has been knocking on the door of late against her own age group, coming unstuck due to trouble in running on her last two starts, and remains on a realistic mark. Somewhat conversely, Shannon Spree has her level pretty well set, but the crux with her is that the handicapper is starting to relent; if this consistent filly is able to give her running from a BHA mark that's now dropped to 67, she should be on the premises.

18:40 - This doesn't look the strongest of two-year-old maidens, with the experienced runners having no better than modest form to speak of and none of the newcomers really jumping out. That said, it's not difficult to see why Red Adair is the most fancied of the three Richard Hannon runners in the race. His promising third last time has been done a favour by both the first and second since, and he can go in as a banker.

19:10 - This is an interesting three-year-old handicap, albeit one that could be dominated by a couple that look to be very much going the right way. Doncaster maiden winner Sir Pedro is almost certainly the likeliest winner and could eventually prove better than a mere handicapper, but with only one career run under his belt he hardly represents a Placepotter's dream at this stage. Therefore, we're going to bank on the more experienced Fast Finian, who has gone up only 2 lb for his comfortable reappearance win at Kempton and more than likely has further improvement in him.

19:40 - A similar scenario in some ways to the previous race, with Restaurateur being of interest for win purposes but, following a seven-month absence, not one we can afford to chance. A safer option is represented by Dellbuoy, who has won his first two career starts and has done more than enough to suggest that he can at least place in handicaps from a BHA mark of 82. Although Poetic Lord is the preferred option of stable jockey Richard Hughes, Dixie's Dream looks a better bet for us, consistent, perhaps even improving, prior to an easily-excusable effort last time.

20:10 - If breeding is anything to go by, Barkis will be contesting much better races come the end of this season, and he did nothing to alter those perceptions when runner-up at Yarmouth on his debut earlier this month. He's probably expected to win in truth, and it would be very surprising if he fails to make the first three.

20:40 - A potentially competitive race to finish, with a few handicap debutants thrown in amongst in-form rivals. As far as our perm goes, we can only really go with the latter category, especially without seeing the market immediately beforehand, and that settles us on Burnham. He's carrying a penalty for his success here a week ago and will likely find this longer trip even more suitable than the ten furlongs of his last outing. One of the unexposed types may take Burnham's measure, but it would be surprising if three of them do.

18:10 - 9, 10
18:40 - 3
19:10 - 12
19:40 - 1, 3
20:10 - 2
20:40 - 11
= 4 lines

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