Windsor Races Betting: Tom Lee's Monday Meeting Tips

With Royal Ascot done and dusted it's back to business just down the road at Windsor this evening, with a six race card exactly what's needed to ease us into a week which peaks with Saturday's Irish Derby, plus the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle. 

Fresh from a brace of winners on the big stage last week, Richard Hannon's team is about more than just the 'A-list' names, and relies heavily on 27-year-old Irishman Sean Levey, with the reliable pilot deputising for the suspended Richard Hughes tonight, at perhaps the high water moment of his career to date, after riding a five-timer split between Redcar and Haydock on Saturday. 

He'll be on board hot favourite Divine Law for the boss in the extended mile 0-85 handicap at 7.35pm, a mount he'll be looking forward to given his form figures when teaming up with the Major Cadeaux colt are a hugely impressive 1, 8, 1, 1.

If 'horses for courses' is an applicable adage then it can definitely be tagged to Divine Law, who since May 11th has rattled off a course and distance hat-trick, with the first two of those victories coming for the unflappable Levey. 

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Three Class 5 wins from marks of 64, 70 and lastly 76 have amply demonstrated his progress, but tonight's assignment represents a slight step up into Class 4 company, and from a revised handicap mark of 82.

Although he's improving it's certainly not going to get any easier from his elevated position in the handicap, and given that he was 20/1 when his winning spree began 42 days ago from an 18lbs lower mark, are you prepared to risk backing him at around just 2/1 against stiffer opposition in the knowledge that his upward curve has to level out at some point?

George Baker's Irish recruit Alcatraz could give him something to worry about on just his second UK start, the first having been a maiden strike at Chepstow, but at the likely prices Charlie Appleby's regally bred Dubawi colt Gossiping could be the one to bring Divine Law's winning spree to a halt.

Already a course and distance winner after readily losing his maiden tag at the end of April, this lad was then sent off 9/4 market leader for a race at Newmarket last month, but ran too gassily and couldn't deliver at the business end of the race.

I wouldn't read anything into last week's non-event at Chelmsford, watch the tape again and you'll see him rear up in the stalls and forfeit valuable ground - what transpired was effectively a racecourse gallop, and might in fact have put him spot on for tonight's return to Windsor.

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Kevin Stott takes three pounds off via his claim, and if he can get Gossiping to switch off in the early stages then he looks a huge threat, returning to a track where he has already put his head in front. 

Appleby had a double at Newmarket on Saturday, and also got one on the board at Royal Ascot when Space Age rattled home to take the King George V Stakes on Thursday.

Gossiping can keep the good run going. 

Another trainer who enjoyed a headline success at the Royal Meeting is Roger Charlton, who looked elated in the aftermath of a resounding victory for Time Test in Thursday's Tercentenary Stakes. 

Tonight he saddles just one runner on the card, but it could well be a winner in the shape of Acclamation gelding Acolyte, who lines up under Pat Cosgrave in the six furlong Asset Finance Solutions Handicap at 8.05pm.

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He'll need to improve on his showing last time out, when only third behind the re-opposing Mullionheir at Lingfield.

However, he's fully a stone better off with that rival now, and could well show the required improvement now he's got a couple of runs under his belt.

He knows Windsor well, and put in a sterling effort here on his seasonal debut, finding only one too good. 

It remains early days for him, but with Charlton's team now firing in the winners with recent stats of four from their last 11 runners, and even better three of their last seven obliging, it's not hard to envisage this being the right opportunity for Acolyte.

Good luck!


Monday's best bets at Royal Windsor:

7.35 - App Handicap - 3 Gossiping (win)

8.05 - Asset Finance Solutions Handicap - 5 Acolyte (win)