Tom Lee's Windsor Races Tips: Back In-Form Tamayuz Star To Impress

Time flies when you're enjoying yourself.

If you don't believe me, bear in mind that although it scarcely feels as if we've left the starting blocks, today's card at Windsor is the venue's seventh Monday night fixture of 2015.

It's a week with a twist of course, as big brother Royal Ascot kicks off on Tuesday, meaning that Berkshire racegoers have six consecutive days of sport to soak up.

In the same way that some punters head for Stratford on the Monday of the Cheltenham Festival, more than a few hardy types like to take in a dose of Windsor en-route.

A winner or two to start what promises to be a mighty week would help, so before the festivities begin in the SL5 postcode, we'll try and turn a profit just down the road in SL4.

The sport on offer this evening might not be quite up among the dizzying heights of the fayre on offer between Tuesday and Saturday, but it's competitive stuff nonetheless, and in race four on the card we'll get the ball rolling with a few quid on George Margarson's Tamayuz Star.

This 0-85 six furlong handicap features a mixed bunch of nine, including three runners for popular Welsh trainer Ron Harris, one of which is hardy veteran Secret Witness, third in the Portland at Doncaster's St Leger Meeting back in 2012, as well as third in a Group 3 at Ascot in 2010.

There's also top weight Chilworth Icon - the five-year-old gets on well with rookie rider Paddy Pilley and has been knocking on the door the last twice - but he may once again have to settle for minor honours.

So, what is there to recommend Tamayuz Star?

After a fantastic juvenile campaign in 2012 which yielded wins at Leicester and Newmarket, the second of which came in a £100,000 Sales race, he found himself marooned on an initial mark of 101!

Despite showing some outstanding form in 2013, including a win at Newbury and a spin in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, it's been a struggle for the now five-year-old to repeatedly try and punch above his weight.

It's taken time for his handicap mark to come down to a more manageable level, and go back to this time last year he was busy preparing for an outing in Royal Ascot's Buckingham Palace Stakes.

Fast forward 12 months and he's finally racing off a reduced mark (83 today v 92 at Ascot in 2014), and starting to show some form again.

Last year was disappointing, but he was right back in the groove on his first run in 2015, finding only one too good here at Windsor 42 days ago, in an almost identical contest to this.

Tom Queally takes over in the saddle and knows this fella well, and a reproduction of that effort ought to be enough, though it's fair to expect better from Tamayuz Star with a run under his belt.

Half an hour later Margarson will be hoping for a double, with Elusive Guest his representative in the extended mile 0-80 handicap, run at 7.50pm.

Kieren Fallon was on board when the now four-year-old won his maiden here in June of last year, but he hasn't beaten a horse in two tries since, beaten a total of 56 lengths in the process.

Instead we'll look to in-form trainer Andrew Balding to try and supply the winning solution, in the shape of his highly promising Firebreak gelding Hannington.

Balding, who had a double on a Friday and another winner on Saturday, will have high hopes of heading to Royal Ascot with another feather in his top hat courtesy of this horse.

This is just a seventh career outing for a youngster who has won two of his three starts on turf, and was probably unlucky at Bath on Saturday in a higher grade than this, where he was sent off the 15/8 favourite but reared badly leaving the stalls, forfitting vital ground.

As long as his shrewd trainer sees fit to allow him to take part swift compensation may await.

Good luck!


Tonight's best bets at Windsor:

7.20 - Free Racing On Saturdays Handicap - 4 Tamayuz Star - win at 4/1 

7.50 - App Handicap - 5 Hannington - Win at 9/4