My Stable Pointers: Monday
Will Hayler picks out a couple of horses to add to your My Stable lists from Monday evening's action at Windsor.
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Don't worry I won't take up too much of your time when there is some important study and price-shopping to be done over the next five days.
A trip to Windsor was the ideal starting point for a big week for me and most other hardened racing punters. I won a few quid on the first race and spent the rest of the evening steadily giving back before finishing the night pretty much even. Frankly, if I can replicate that sort of performance across Royal Ascot I'll be happy enough.
In terms of the sort of action we'll be enjoying over the days ahead, it was pretty ordinary stuff. One press room resident suggested after the finish of the Betdaq Exchange 0% Multiples During World Cup Handicap that it had perhaps been "the worst Class 4 handicap ever run". I don't know, I thought - they have some pretty bad sprint handicaps at Brighton sometimes.
His view was perhaps clouded by the fact that his selection Tidentime had been mugged on the line by Amadeus Wolfe Tone, but I'm inclined to think Tidentime is worth another chance, despite this being the fourth time he has finished second since he last won.
He travelled well, quickened between rivals to hit the front but got robbed on the line by a horse who found trouble and running and suddenly burst forwards when a gap arrived 50 yards from the line. I don't think he's well-handicapped and he could even go up another couple of pounds for this run, but I still think Tidentime can pop up in an event as ordinary as this one at some stage.
As for the Betdaq 0% On World Cup Correct Scores Maiden Stakes an hour later, it was all too easy to be drawn to the performance of fourth-home Wakea, who stayed on strongly for fourth having been given a ride that could politely be described as educational and less politely as... well... not your typical Silvestre De Sousa ride.
Further back, Chantecler wasn't given too hard a time and may now be qualified for a handicap mark, but the one I liked the most was the Sea The Stars colt Hoist The Colours.
These Lanigan handicap projects tend not to be missed in the market, but nevertheless moving up in trip clearly aided him here and a further step up in distance could well be in order if he is now given a handicap mark on the back of this.
He changed his legs a couple of times and still looked in need of the experience but he strode out nicely in the final two furlongs despite Ted Durcan giving him far from a hard time. He's one to keep on the right side of. Good luck at Ascot!