Windsor Races Betting: Tom Lee's Monday Meeting Tips


Girl power was the theme of the day at Ascot on Saturday, as 'The Girls' team comprising Canadian Emma-Jayne Wilson, top UK pro Hayley Turner, plus rising star apprentice Sammy-Jo Bell, bagged the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup team outright title with 80 points, fending off determined challenges from 'Great Britain and Ireland' who finished on 67 points, as well as the Rest Of The World who concluded with a point less.

However, undoubtedly, the star of the show was Sammy-Jo Bell, with the 3lb claimer booting home a 62/1 double courtesy of wins on Michael Bell's 8/1 Royal Signaller, quickly followed by a 6/1 victory for the Richard Hannon-trained Shell Bay.

That was enough to secure the Alistair Haggas Silver Saddle award for top rider, and more opportunities surely await for the likeable Bell, who was a perfect ambassador for an occasion growing in popularity. 

Just down the road in Windsor this evening the winning female theme and party atmosphere could very well be continued, as in-form Charlotte Jenner takes the mount on the experienced Reginald Claude in the Unibet 90+ Cashback Offer Apprentice Handicap, set to open proceedings at 5.50pm.

The seven-year-old is a former course and distance scorer over tonight's six furlongs, one of nine career wins to date.

That success came as recently as July 13th, since when Mark Usher's reliable gelding has backed it up with a solid run on the all-weather at Lingfield Park.

However, he's eight pounds better off on the turf compared to his all-weather mark, and it makes perfect sense to target a race at a venue where Reginald Claude is not only a previous winner but has also run well on more than one occasion in defeat.

Tonight he's up against an improver in Silvala Dance, also a recent course and distance winner, but Reginald Claude is very much in the groove at present and is ridden by an apprentice who is very much value for her five pound claim, as confirmed by her tenacious and battling win on Gentlemen at Brighton on Thursday.  

Furthermore, the Lambourn-based Usher stable is in good heart, firing in an 'across the card' double at Wolverhampton and Haydock in the middle of last week.

Reginald Claude and Charlotte Jenner can maintain that good form.

With one exception Unibet sponsor the whole card at Windsor this evening, and hopefully the firm will be presenting a memento to trainer Mark Johnston in the aftermath of the Unibet Offer Early Prices By 9am Nursery Handicap, run as race four on the card at 7.20pm.

Johnston, so often the go-to man for punters this season, saddles top weight New Caledonia in this 0-80 extended mile heat, and will surely have high hopes for a horse who successfully made all at York on just his second start.

It's likely the same tactics will be employed tonight in a small field, on an occasion where champion jockey-elect Silvestre de Sousa takes over in the saddle.

The race of the night though, comes half an hour later, with a field of six for the £11,500 Unibet Offer Daily Trainer/Jockey Specials Handicap.

All six have possibilities, including former course and distance winners Smartie Artie and Perfect Cracker.

Arguably the most interesting is John Gosden's top weight Breden, whom you may recall looking extremely promising in the summer and autumn of 2013.

Injury has kept him off for nearly two years since, but it's noteworthy that Gosden would persevere with this son of Shamardal, surely spurred on his by his easy Class 2 Handicap win on Newmarket's Rowley Mile in October of that year, exactly 674 days ago.

However, the fitting of a hood to try and pacify the returning Breden suggests he could be quite a handful for jockey Robert Havlin, and it's equally possible that a decent showing from which he can improve will be the main aim on this occasion.

With that in mind I'm going to recommend the only three-year-old in the field, Andrew Balding's Bishop's Leap, who comes into this race already rated 84 and on a hat-trick.

The three-year-old weight for age allowance is going to come in very handy, meaning he will receive weight from horses he's already rated higher than.

That's a serious advantage to go to war with, and Bishop's Leap could turn out to be too hot to handle. 

Good luck!

 

Tonight's best bets at Windsor:

5.50 - Unibet 90+ Cashback Offer Apprentice Handicap - 9 Reginald Claude (each way)

7.20 - Unibet Offer Early Prices By 9am Nursery Handicap - 1 New Caledonia (win)

7.50 - Unibet Offer Daily Trainer/Jockey Specials Handicap - 6 Bishop's Leap (win)