Windsor Races Betting: Tom Lee's Monday Meeting Tips

Sandwiched among a plethora of Classic trials at the likes of Chester, Leopardstown and York, the reliable yardstick which is a Monday night at Unibet-sponsored Windsor serves up a typically solid six race card this evening. 

The ground may currently be on the soft side of good for Wednesday's Dante Stakes at York, a contest in which readers may well have cause to visit the payout desk if they back Andrew Balding's Elm Park, but it's faster underfoot at Windsor tonight, with Clerk of the Course Jeff Green expecting lovely sunny conditions as he gave a verdict of Good to Firm. 

They rock'n'roll at 5.50pm, but the pair of tricky looking maidens that open proceedings make limited appeal, so we'll keep the punting powder dry until race three on the card, when Godolphin's game as a pebble Subcontinent can reward followers in the 10 furlong 0-80 Handicap (6.50pm). 

A bevvy of non-runners have reduced this contest to a field of just five, but it's an attractive looking cluster nonetheless, with Sir Michael Stoute's Quick Defence attracting market support on his handicap debut. 

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His opening mark of 78 may well underestimate what he's capable of, plus he has the brilliance of Ryan Moore up top, but it may be that he comes off second best if this turns into a battling finish, with the streetwise and progressive Subcontinent fancied to outmuscle him.

Subcontinent is on a hat-trick after wins at Wolverhampton and Doncaster, the latter of which coming when stepping up in trip to today's distance for the first time, just 17 days ago. 

His trainer Charlie Appleby continues to rattle in the winners, and you have to love the way this horse gamely stuck his neck out and refused to accept defeat at Doncaster, knuckling down to prevail by a narrow margin in what became a real set-to. 

Fellow Godolphin runner International Name could also be a danger in first-time blinkers, but William Buick takes over on Subcontinent today and he could very well be the solution to a tricky contest. 

Track, trip and ground all look ideal for this bang in form improver, and Unibet are offering him at a tempting 11/4.

The evening's other recommendation comes in the feature race on the card, the £37,000 listed mile Royal Windsor Stakes, in which the tried and tested Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes combination is fancied to come up with the good in the shape of market principal Shifting Power.

Enjoy Richard Hughes while you can, as barring a u-turn this is the last campaign we'll see him in the saddle, with his own yearning to join the training ranks and compete with Hannon set to be realised. 

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In the meantime, he wants to be champion rider one more time, so winners are essential.

In 114-rated Shifting Power he looks to have a rock-solid partner.

This horse holds Group 1 entries in Britain and Ireland, and needs to be winning a contest of this nature to justify those lofty ambitions.

Around this time 12 months ago he was busy amassing form most of the equine population could never aspire to, finishing fourth in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, and then a fabulous second in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh. 

A trip to France yielded another valuable place in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly, and though he posted a lesser effort at Glorious Goodwood soon after, he was coming to then end of a string of gruelling runs. 

Unsurprisingly he was then wrapped up in cotton wool and bubble wrap with this season in mind, and his recent reappearance third at Sandown will have blown away any lingering cobwebs. 

There should be no excuses tonight - both form and ratings point firmly to Shifting Power, and it'll be disappointing if he's unable to justify favouritism. 

Some bookies are offering him at less than evens, such is the weight of expectation, but happily Unibet are prepared to take him on at an industry wide best price of 11/10.

Good luck!


Monday best bets with Unibet at Windsor:

6.50 - Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap - 1 Subcontinent (win)

7.20 - Royal Windsor Stakes - 6 Shifting Power (win)