Windsor Races betting: Tom Lee's Monday evening tips

With the weather set fair and temperatures in the south east firmly anchored in the very pleasant environs of the low 20's, it's a perfect night for a dose of the weekly boost which arrives each and every Monday at this time of the year in the shape of a six race card at Unibet-sponsored Royal Windsor.

With memories still fresh from a thrilling week which contained Galway and Glorious Goodwood this evening's card looks the ideal opportunity to keep the ball rolling, and in race two the answer could well be the Dave Evans-trained Dark Lane.

Available each way at 7/1 with Unibet in a race where the dead eight field means we can take advantage of the firms inflated place terms, this horse is a recent course and distance winner who is still handicapped to be a potent danger after his success at the Berkshire track exactly three weeks ago.

Nudged up five pounds by the handicapper after that victory Dark Lane remains in a winning zone on a mark of 65, having won in the past off ratings as high as 80, though more recently he went in last year off 66.

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A promising partnership with pilot Hollie Doyle is maintained, and though this is harder than the apprentice race the pair won here last time, there are clear grounds to believe they remain dangerous.

Dark Lane would be on a hat-trick had the pair not been nabbed in the shadows of the post on their penultimate outing at Chepstow, while Evans enjoyed another Windsor winner when scoring with Hatchet Harry last Monday.

Of tonight's opposition it's difficult to know if favourite Joyous can add to her sole career win last time out from a four pounds higher mark, while Picc Of Burgau wasn't good enough to beat her at Salisbury and is a pound higher now, though does enjoy a pull at the weights.

Either way, both are significantly shorter in the betting than the underestimated Dark Lane, so keep the faith with him to record back-to-back course wins at a very attractive price.

Half an hour later we'll try and keep the ball rolling and convert a quickfire double with the Richard Hughes-partnered After The Goldrush in the extended mile handicap at 7.00pm.

Don't expect anything other than a front running attacking ride from 'Hughesie', as he bids for a astonishing 83rd winner at this track inside the last five seasons!

Favourite Crystal Lake is dropping in grade here but has been a wee bit below par the last twice, while fellow danger Craftsmanship is now nine pounds higher than for his sole win in nine career starts.

By contrast After The Goldrush is bang in form, shouldn't face any threat to his customary dominating tactics, and hails from a stable who've enjoyed two winners from their last five runners.

A course and distance scorer three starts back, this looks a great opening to return to winning ways.

Unibet will lay you 3/1.

Good luck!


Tonight's best bets at Windsor:

6.30 - Sportsable - Grassroots To Paralympic Sports Club Handicap - 5 Dark Lane (each way)

7.00 - Fexco Commercial FX Services Handicap - 8 After The Goldrush (win)