Windsor Races Betting: Tom Lee's Monday Meeting Tips

The best is just about to get better.

A welcome sight seven days ago was the appearance of Windsor as one of the afternoon's Flat meetings, a first fixture of 2015 at one of the nation's favourite tracks.

However, with the weather set fair and the days getting longer, it's really all about those sultry Monday nights, the first of which sparks into action today at an after work friendly kick-off time of 4.55pm. 

We'll play early on in proceedings as well, with Richard Hughes the man entrusted with partnering the Sylvester Kirk inmate Groundworker in the five furlong Daily Enhanced Place Terms Handicap, due off as the second race on the card (5.25pm).

In his final season in the saddle Hughes was forced to give up his book of mounts here last Monday, but re-emerged on Thursday with a vintage ride, stealing the Group 3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket on 14/1 front runner Kool Kompany. 

For info, Unibet will still lay you 25/1 about Kool Kompany for the same tracks's 2000 Guineas on May 2nd. 

On to more urgent matters though, and the chances of Groundworker carrying on some excellent work from his three-year-old campaign. 

Three appearances here at Windsor last year yielded a progressive set of results, with a third, followed by a second, and then a win off a mark of 75 at the end of June, over today's course and distance, and from a mark merely a pound lower than the challenge set on this occasion.

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Not only is Groundworker versatile as regards ground, but he also managed to win at Goodwood back in May. 

Given that the Windsor success was his sixth run of the campaign it's perhaps little wonder that his form tailed off somewhat after that, but on the plus side two lesser runs later in the year meant a bit of leeway from the handicapper. 

Kirk will have him ready to go, Hughes will be buoyed by last week's big win, and Groundworker can hopefully enhance his excellent course record and give us a winner. 

Later on, it's race five that throws up a fascinating teaser, with a couple of horses better known for their exploits over hurdles that might hold the key to the mile and a half 0-85 Daily Unibet Early Prices From 9am Handicap (6.55pm). 

Go back five years and you'll find the veteran Barizan, now in the care of Brendan Powell, finishing second in the Triumph Hurdle.

Since then he has won a Swinton Hurdle at Kempton Park, but has also endured a couple of lengthy injury lay-offs. 

It's almost impossible to try and assess how much ability remains on the strength of his largely disappointing hurdling efforts last summer, or his recent spin at the Cheltenham Festival last time out. 

Kieren Fallon is booked for his first spin on the level since way back in 2008, but he's impossible to recommend.

Of more interest is Chris Gordon's improving Astronomer Royal five-year-old Jebril. 

Bred to do a job on the Flat, he has been forging a reputation for himself over timber since joining Gordon's team, putting his head in front at Plumpton (the form of which was subsequently franked), and then following up with an excellent second to Jolly's Cracked It at Ascot. 

Back on the level off a mark of 74 he looks dangerous, and he might be a bit of each way value to add to last summer's win at Newbury for his former stable.

Gordon has had a couple of winners during the past fortnight, and though better known as a National Hunt trainer he might be able to work his magic here as well. Good luck!

Monday's best bets at Windsor:

5.25 - Daily Enhanced Place Terms Handicap - 6 Groundworker (win) at 9/2

6.55 - Daily Unibet Early Prices From 9am Handicap - 8 Jebril (each way) at 13/2