Windsor Races Betting: Tom Lee's Monday Meeting Tips

The curtain falls on the 2015 Windsor fixture list later today, but not before we've enjoyed an eight race final fling at the Berkshire track, where after just half a millimetre of rain overnight, the ground is officially Good to Soft (Good in places).

There've been thrills and spills a-plenty at the Unibet-sponsored venue all the way through since sport returned in April, and before Windsor heads into its annual winter hibernation the serious business of trying to bow out with a winner needs to be addressed.

Unibet put their sponsorship muscle behind the first five races on today's card, and it's in the fifth of those, the 1m 2f Unibet Handicap at 3.50pm, that we'll take aim with the Mark Johnston inmate Poniatowski.

This three-year-old Dubawi gelding is one of just two runners on the card for Johnston's North Yorkshire stable, an operation which has been responsible for an astonishing 193 winners so far this calendar year, most recently when scoring on the all-weather in Ireland on Friday night.

Here they turn their attention back to the turf with a handicap debutant making his first outing outside of maiden company, off an opening mark of 80.

That figure was allotted after a win at Chester at the end of last month, building on a solid start when short enough in the betting for his racecourse debut at Pontefract.

This afternoon he's up against far more experienced and exposed types, but also two horses with very similar profiles in Godolphin's Wild Storm, and Sir Michael Stoute's Petrucci.

A case can be made for both, but the pair are only 5/2 whereas Poniatowski is an 11/2 shot with Unibet, which has to be the value given that Wild Storm has been off for 182 days, while Petrucci flopped on turf first time out and has to prove he's as good on the grass, after scorching home on the all-weather last time.

Later in the day, we can't sign off without having a wager in the very last race of Windsor's 2015 campaign, the second division of the JRL Group Amateur Handicap (5.20pm), an extended 1m 3f event which, as the name suggests, is restricted to gentleman amateur riders.

These can be soft races, but the calibre of rider is nothing short of vital.

Sam Waley-Cohen is on board the short-priced favourite, but his conveyance Loving Your Work is extremely hard to win with, scoring just once on 24 career outings.

A far better alternative lies in the shape of the younger, lower-weighted, higher-rated Rum Swizzle, who lines up here with a handy three-year-old advantage, boosted by the five pound claim of rider Thomas Greatrex.

Greatrex was seen to good effect in a similar event here at Windsor just a fortnight ago, booting home Dreams Of Glory (runs today in the 4.20) to score by a neck. 

On this occasion his mount is consistent, very much in-form, and has won recently.

He looks the solid option to do so again, with Unibet offering us an attractive 5/2.

 Good luck!


Monday's best bets at Windsor:

 3.50 - Unibet Handicap - 10 Poniatowski (win)

5.20 - JRL Group Amateur Handicap - 5 Rum Swizzle (win)