Windsor Races Betting: Tom Lee's Monday Meeting Tips

Just 48 hours after we bade a fond farewell to the living legend that is AP McCoy, just 24 hours after we welcomed in a new era with the first ever Flat fixture at Wetherby, and just 24 hours before we kick-off the five day jamboree over the sticks at peerless Punchestown, the comfort food which is Monday night at Unibet-sponsored Windsor provides punters with a welcome retreat...

Rarely can the magical sport of horse racing be described as dull, but the last couple of days have been as close to seismic as you can get, so the thought of settling down to enjoy the picturesque and familiar sight of Windsor's six race card is something bordering on a relief!

McCoy and his magic have been safely returned to harbour for a final time, with memories of moments such as his battle of wills with the reluctant Hennessy in the 2009 Whitbread still shining bright, while the opening action on the level in North Yorkshire was met with genuine praise by horsemen. 

Unibet will be offering odds and specials on every race across the five days of Punchestown, but if you're having a bet on the great Irish National Hunt festival then a few quid in the kitty, courtesy of a winner at Windsor tonight, would undoubtedly be handy.

Windsor Races : News Photo

After the happy bedlam of Sandown on Saturday it's a tricky 'maiden-laden' opening to tonight's card, just a few miles down the road as the crow flies, leaving Sandown, flapping past Kempton and then along the M3 corridor to the Berkshire venue on the side of the Thames. 

Race four might be the one to attack however, with the 1m 2f Handicap for horses rated 0-85 due to go to post at exactly 7.00pm.

Top weight and strong 7/4 favourite Arc Light came within a whisker of getting the job done here over course and distance last Monday, and punters who lost out on that occasion will point to the inevitable hard luck story when he was bumped close home, possibly losing vital momentum.

I'm not convinced - he did himself no favours when dwelling coming out of the stalls, and trainer Seamus Durack (once upon a time an ace jockey, every ounce as tough as AP McCoy) appears to agree, fitting him with a hood, a tongue strap, cheek pieces, and a letter to excuse him from swimming due to a troublesome verucca.

Taunton Races : News Photo

Only one of those four additions is spurious, suggesting this fella isn't entirely straightforward, and his strike-rate of 1/11 (and even then in a three horse race two years ago) endorses that. 

At far bigger odds, the 11/2 about the identically-rated, former course and distance winner Croquembouche looks much more attractive. 

He likes to bounce out and make all, and it may be that Freddie Tylicki is allowed a soft lead. 

This mile and a quarter trip is his ideal, and as a winner of seven of his 28 races on the turf he's very much versed in getting the job done. 

More encouragement comes from the form of his stable; with Herefordshire based Ed de Giles thumping in a 52/1 treble at Bath on Thursday. 

At that price, in an eight horse field he looks an each way bet to nothing. 

Half an hour later, a trio of star names take a leg up in the mile and a half Jubilee Cup Handicap (7.30pm), with Ryan Moore on top weight Civil War, Adam Kirby onboard All Talk N Do Do, and Kieren Fallon on arguably the strongest of his three mounts on the night, Light Of Asia.

Veteran North Yorkshire trainer Alan Swinbank has his team in good form at this early stage of the season, with three winners during the last fortnight, and it's fascinating that his sole runner today makes the long journey south to Windsor.

Light Of Asia is race fit, and having just his second start for this yard after a decent pipe opening third at Catterick earlier in the month.

The booking of Fallon is eye-catching to say the least, and it looks as though Swinbank means business. 

Light Of Asia is 2/1 with Unibet to oblige. 

Good luck!


Tonight's best bets at Windsor:

7.00 - 365 IT Handicap - 2 Croquembouche (each way) 

7.30 - Jubilee Cup Handicap - 7 Light Of Asia (win)