Windsor Races Betting: Tom Lee's Monday Evening Tips


For punters still in awe of the display of the unbeaten filly Taghrooda in the King George - 4/1 to win the Arc - this is a special week, with the twin towers of Galway and Glorious Goodwood stretching out on the horizon, providing racing fans with multiple opportunities for a wager and some top notch action to digest.

We start as we mean to go on, with Monday's opening day of seven at Galway's suburban Ballybrit jungle offset by a fellow evening card from the more eye-pleasing delights of Royal Windsor, where six races played out adjacent to the banks of the River Thames kick the week off in style...

With the entire Windsor card sponsored by Unibet, they roll the dice at 6.00pm with a pair of hard to fathom maidens, but it's handicaps all the way from race three onwards, with the six furlong 0-80 fillies' handicap looking a true test to try and unravel, featuring as it does nine recent winners in a field of 10 declarations set to go to post at 7.05pm.

Serenity Spa, Rebecca Romero and Ginzan are all former course winners, but that is trumped by Jeremy Noseda's recent course and distance scorer Mia San Triple, who took advantage of a drop in trip to win her maiden here exactly four weeks ago. 

Open to any amount of progress on just her sixth career start, this daughter of Invincible Spirit had been knocking on the door but not quite seeing out her races when making the frame in seven furlong maidens at Kempton, Warwick and Lingfield, but the combination of the booking of Richard Hughes and a furlong less provided the perfect tonic here at the end of June. With Hughes again booked she looks dangerous in her first handicap off a mark of 77.

Bottom weight Sleep Walk is certain to be popular after her sole Bath outing, when going in at odds of 1/9 in a four horse race on ground akin to tarmac. This is harder though, and her presence means we'll get a far better price about Mia San Triple.

An hour later we've got another puzzle to solve in the form of a mile and a quarter 0-75 heat, under starter's orders at 8.05pm. The likes of course specialist Choral Festival will have her fans, but she let this column down four weeks ago and is overlooked.

Top weight Bertie Moon is thriving and won his penultimate race over course and distance, but he finds himself marooned on a career high mark as a consequence, and might be vulnerable to something further down the weights.

Nick Littmoden's Kindlelight Storm has to try and prove he's anywhere near as good on the turf as he is on the All Weather, which leaves the outstanding candidate as Paul Cole's four-year-old Oratorio gelding St Paul De Vence.

A Kempton maiden winner as a juvenile, this horse has picked up prize money five times on the bounce without winning this season, but posted his best effort yet last time out when getting within a length and three quarters of the 80-rated Lawyer in receipt of just three pounds over a mile at Windsor.

Despite that good run the handicapper has left him unchanged on a mark of 68, while his shrewd trainer has taken the opportunity to drop him in grade from a class 4 to a class 5. 

St Paul De Vence was putting in all his best work at the finish last time out, and this step back up in trip to 1m 2f looks perfect. 

Elsewhere, here in the wild west of Ireland it's a case of strap yourself in for seven crazy days, but it can be hard on the wallet so risk a bit of your hard earned on Des McDonogh's Morga in the opening novice hurdle at 5.10pm to help pay the Galway bar tab.

Rated as high as 96 on the Flat, this horse has won both of her starts over hurdles to date and could spoil the Dermot Weld party - the Curragh trainer has won this race six times in the last 10 years, and traditionally makes a lightning fast start to this meeting, but his Manhattan Swing may well find Morga too hot to handle.

Good luck!

Monday's best bets:

5.10 Galway - radissonhotelgalway.com & galwaybayhotel.com Novice Hurdle - 8 Morga (win)

7.05 Windsor - Download The Unibet Pro App Fillies' Handicap - 5 Mia San Triple (win)

8.05 Windsor - Unibet Offer Daily Jockey & Trainer Specials Handicap - 3 St Paul De Vence (win)