Windsor Races betting: Tom Lee's Monday Evening Tips


The remnants of Hurricane Bertha have had their say...a further 7mm of rain on a wet and windy Sunday morning, followed by a dry night down the M4 corridor mean we've got ground termed by the man wielding the going stick, Clerk of the Course Jeff Green, as Good to Soft (Good in places) for this evening's Unibet-sponsored Windsor card.

The best options for a wager are confined to the second half of their six race card, and we'll got to the well first of all in the extended mile nursery at 7.10pm.

Non-racing afficionados who aren't familiar with the term 'nursery' will be relieved to know it's simply a juvenile (two-year-old) handicap, and one which looks likely to be fought out by Michael Bell's Sandown winner Taper Tantrum and the Richard Hannon-trained Haydock scorer Divine Law.

The former was perhaps a wee bit unfortunate not to get his head in front on debut at Lingfield, before making no mistake second time winning a small race at Sandown Park, though both of those displays came on Good to Firm, and there's absolutely no guarantee he'll thrive on this easier surface.

He has also to prove he can handle the step up in trip from seven furlongs on his handicap debut, and while Unibet will lay you 5/4 about Taper Tantrum they are double those odds about the very likeable and willing Divine Law.

He earned a lenient mark of 75 over sprint trips in maidens, before immediately putting that to good use by striking over seven furlongs on Good to Soft at Haydock on his handicap debut.

Staying on strongly there, he showed plenty of encouragement for this step up in trip, and pleasingly the handicapper was unable to take drastic action with a rise of just three pounds due to his narrow margin of victory. 

On the strength of that performance today's ground should hold no fears, and with Richard Hughes taking over from Sean Levey in the saddle we've got the ideal ingredients for a win bet. 

As previously mentioned, Unibet will accommodate us at 5/2

Too many question marks hang over the likely lads in the 1m 2f handicap at 7.40pm, but half an hour later Richard Hughes can instigate yet another Windsor double by successfully guiding home Iffraaj filly Dream Impossible in the concluding extended mile handicap at 8.10pm. 

Favourably treated by a generous weight for age allowance, she hails from the Wiltshire stable of Peter Makin, who won this race 12 months ago with 7/4 favourite Wordismybond.

She won on her first try at a mile in a Ffos Las maiden at the end of June, and proved she can handle some cut in the ground when unlucky to be worn down in the dying strides over course and distance here last time out.

The handicapper liked what he saw, upping her by three pounds, but this looks the perfect opportunity to make amends. 

Unibet are top price in the village at 11/8. Good luck!

Monday's best bets at Windsor:

7.10 - Ghost Nursery Handicap - 2 Divine Law - 5/2 win

8.10 - 188bet Great In Play Handicap - 6 Dream Impossible - 11/8 win