With the National Hunt season put to bed and the Flat campaign's opening Classics safely in the clutches of Night Of Thunder and Miss France, a seven race bank holiday bonanza awaits at Unibet-sponsored Royal Windsor this afternoon, and there look to be a couple of inviting looking openings to back a winner on the card...
The Charles Hills-trained Excellent Art filly Storm looks to hold a big shout in the ten furlong 0-85 handicap at 4.45pm, making her seasonal reappearance on just her fifth career start.
Last time we saw her she was just worried out of a class five handicap on the All Weather at Kempton Park back in November, but with her stable not quite yet firing on all cylinders and this race representing a step up in grade to class 4 company, she looks worth taking on with Roger Varian's One Pekan.
Varian has his Newmarket based string in the groove at this early stage of the year, enjoying nine winners in the last 14 days, and a strong chance of adding another one here.
On the best of his form in 2013 One Pekan would have an immediate chance here, notably a nine furlong maiden win at Epsom, plus a solid Windsor course and distance second off a mark of 83 - he runs off 81 here.
He wasn't quite as potent in three runs later in the summer, but bear in mind that form came in class 2 and 3 company, and back in a more suitable grade, off a decreasing mark, he makes plenty of appeal.
Furthermore, One Pekan has been gelded since we last saw him, a move which could immediately spark an improvement.
With track, trip and ground all to suit, Ryan Moore booked and the Varian team firing in the winners, the 5/2 with Unibet looks the way to go.
Just 35 minutes later it may well pay to row in with an eye-catching market move, as Ryan Moore (a winner from his only ride on the card at Windsor last Monday) bids for a quick-fire double aboard his Dad Gary's Jupiter Storm.
He lines up off a mark of 77 in the mile and a half 0-85 Bet Totetrifecta Handicap at 5.20pm, having been rated 90 in June of last year.
A winner of his first two starts of last season, firstly at Chepstow in May and then off 76 over course and distance at Windsor in June, his form dipped in six starts later in the season, but it is worth noting three of those were in class 2's and 3's, and now he returns in more suitable company (class 4).
What's more, Jupiter Storm should have won here three weeks ago, but was badly hampered when challenging a furlong from home (well backed that day too), and can make amends here.
He can be backed at 6/4 with Unibet.
Monday's best bets:
4.45 Windsor - Bet Toteswinger Handicap - 3 One Pekan (win)
5.20 Windsor - Bet Totetrifecta Handicap - 7 Jupiter Storm (win)