Skate can scoot to victory

  • By: Nick Robson
  • Last Updated: August 18 2014, 21:53 BST

Nick Robson provides a tip for every race on Monday including at Windsor, where Skate is fancied to win the opener.

Windsor plays host to one of Monday's cards
Windsor plays host to one of Monday's cards

KEMPTON: 2.00 Gulland Rock, 2.30 Perfect Cracker, 3.00 Power Game, 3.30 Seebeedee, 4.00 Classical Duet, 4.30 Sparkling Ice, 5.00 Injaz.

ROSCOMMON: 5.10 Rapid Eye, 5.40 He's Got Rhythm, 6.10 Empress Touch, 6.40 Bell Of The Ball, 7.10 Lady Clitico, 7.40 Hell Cat Maggie, 8.10 Seefood.

THIRSK: 2.15 Koptoon, 2.45 Game Show, 3.15 Grand Liason, 3.45 Icy Blue, 4.15 Comino, 4.45 Go Go Green, 5.15 Cahal.

WINDSOR: 5.30 SKATE (NAP), 6.00 Cordial, 6.30 Gift Of Silence, 7.00 Lady Bayside, 7.30 Shama's Crown, 8.00 History Book.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.20 Dominic Cork, 6.50 Tuebrook, 7.20 Nolecce, 7.50 Rictrude, 8.20 Very First Blade, 8.50 Judicial, 9.20 Flipping.

DOUBLE: Skate and Shama's Crown.

Roger Charlton's well-bred Skate can get off the mark at the third time of asking in Windsor's British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes on Monday.

The two-year-old Verglas colt is a half-brother to Charlton's smart sprinters Mince and Stomp and has shown enough in his first two outings to suggest he may reach a similar level eventual.

Neither of those two were precocious types so it bodes well then Skate has performed with a reasonable amount of credit already.

On his debut over this course and distance in July he finished a respectable fifth of 16 at 33-1 behind rivals with previous experience.

Just a couple of weeks later at Leicester he beat all bar Speedy Move who has since defied an opening mark of 79 in handicaps.

While those who have already run have shown steady if not exceptional form, he maybe has more scope than most to progress with racing.

Shama's Crown looked a winner-in-waiting when finishing second on her debut at Doncaster and given natural improvement she should get off the mark in the 188Bet Casino Maiden Stakes.

Related to a Listed winner, as well as Derby runner-up Walk In The Park, the New Approach filly travelled like just about the best horse in the race on Town Moor.

She lost no caste in defeat going down to a far more experienced rival and it seems relevant that Jeremy Noseda has booked Ryan Moore and is quite happy for the filly to tackle the colts.

Charlie Appleby's History Book finished second to the potentially smart Water Hole last time out and there appears to be nothing of that class in the 188Bet Great In Play Fillies' Handicap.

The Raven's Pass filly won on her only start last year but was then last of four on her return to action in June.

Given a month off, she posted a much better effort and would appear well enough handicapped given the exploits of her previous conqueror.

At Thirsk Koptoon looks like getting punters off to a flyer in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

Tom Dascombe's youngster shaped well well on his debut at Goodwood behind Peter Chapple-Hyam's highly-regarded Misleading.

Koptoon showed good early speed before finishing fourth of 13 and the Rip Van Winkle colt can be expected to know more about the job in what is likely to be a weaker race.

Mark Johnston's Classical Duet looks the type to progress rapidly once he gets the chance to tackle handicaps but the son of Teofilo should get off the mark in the Maiden Stakes at Kempton.

Last of six on his debut over nine furlongs he stepped up to 10 furlongs and was second suggesting the extra two furlongs again here will suit him even better.

At Wolverhampton Charlton's Judicial has been found another winnable race in the 32Red Novice Stakes.