Windsor Races betting: Tom Lee's Monday evening tips

Despite a total of 27mm of rain at the track over the course of the last seven days Royal Windsor are able to stage another boisterous Monday night fixture this evening on ground officially termed as Good (Good to Soft in places).

Just 25 miles down the road from the home of the Derby and five days prior to the Epsom Classic, tonight's is a card packed with punting opportunities for anyone looking to boost their betting funds ahead of the weekend's battles...

If you were tuned in to last Monday's fayre at the Berkshire venue you'll know that one name of note was the Mick Channon-trained Marju filly Jersey Brown.

Tipped each way at an industry best price of 6/1 with Unibet in this column, she looked to have blown her chance by exiting the stalls with all the enthusiasm of a turkey on Christmas Eve, but stayed on powerfully to storm home in second, suggesting a win in the near future is very much on the cards.

Both her starts this season have seen her grace the runner-up slot in course and distance mile handicaps, and with the assessor leaving her on a mark of 66 it's little surprise to see Channon bringing her back to contest tonight's Daily Unibet Prices From 9am Handicap at 7.00pm. 

If she can keep her wits at the start then she looks an obvious candidate, and with Willie Twiston-Davies back on board after he partnered her two starts back this looks an ideal opportunity.

Jersey Brown gets weight from all but one of her rivals, and will have no problem whatsoever with slightly quicker ground.

Back her to win at 5/2 with Unibet.


Half an hour later the track have put on big prize money and attracted some quality sprinters for the listed six furlong Weatherbys Private Banking Leisure Stakes.

A big field of 15 are declared for a heat which promises to be fast and furious, with all bar two of the line up eyeing a variety of targets at nearby Royal Ascot later in the month.

Richard Hannon's 114-rated miler Montiridge is fascinating trying a sprint trip for the first time ever, but one horse who needs no introduction to this scene is 2013 Glorious Goodwood Stewards' Cup hero Rex Imperator.

Expertly trained by William Haggas - who produced Triple Aspect to win today's race first time out four years ago - Rex Imperator is a former course and distance winner who has gone well fresh on more than one occasion in the past, and boasts form figures at the track of 2,2,1,2.

Partnered for just the second time ever tonight by Frankie Dettori, it's not hard to envisage a big run en-route to the King's Stand Stakes, for which Unibet will lay you 33/1 at this stage.

More immediately though he needs to come through this test - the same odds compilers are prepared to entertain him at a very reasonable 10/1.

Last but not least, a change of scenery seems to have done Huntsmans Close a world of good judging by his win here at Windsor on his stable debut back in April, and tonight Roger Charlton goes back to the well with his Elusive Quality gelding in the six-furlong Unibet By Players For Players Handicap at 8.00pm. 

Although he was sent off at 20/1 and fell lazily out of the stalls here last time, there was absolutely no fluke about his powerful surge to get up on the line.

Sharper for that, Charlton has bided his time before returning this horse to the fray, and with a five pound rise looking fair Huntsmans Close is the one to beat in the hands of the excellent James Doyle. 

No bookmaker in the land will lay you bigger than the 3/1 available with Unibet. 

Good luck!


Monday's best bets at Windsor:

7.00 - Daily Unibet Prices From 9am Handicap - 8 Jersey Brown (win)

7.30 - Weatherbys Private Banking Leisure Stakes - 10 Rex Imperator (each way)

8.00 - Unibet By Players For Players Handicap - 5 Huntsmans Close (win)