It's a mighty week in Berkshire for all things equine, style, fashion and glamour related, so where better to kick start the Royal Ascot party than just down the road at sunny Windsor this evening?
If five days aren't enough for anyone heading to the SL5 postode, then they'll find all of the above in plentiful supply just 30 miles away, with tonight's first race kicking off at 6.05pm...
A quick call put in to Clerk of the Course Jeff Green revealed they saw 15mm of rain at the track overnight on Friday moving into Saturday, leaving the ground Good (Good to Soft in places) as we move towards race time with the remaining forecast set fair.
In truth it's a tricky looking card featuring two maidens, an apprentice handicap and a juvenile seller, but there are a couple of cracking handicaps to try and get a handle on, and we'll try and pull a rabbit out of the hat with a big-priced contender in the Class 4 sprint at 7.35pm:
Run over six furlongs, this 0-85 features an exciting type in the shape of Seamus Durack's hat-trick seeking Breccbennach.
Last time we saw him the four-year-old won here at Windsor off a six pounds lower mark over the minimum five furlongs back in mid-April, and has been patiently waited with since.
Market support has been immediate, and this former John Oxx-inmate is clearly fancied to go very close.
In opposition are the likes of Gary Brown's O'Gorman, who won this race off an identical mark of 80 a year ago.
He could well be primed for a repeat after running fourth behind Breccbennach here in April, and then third (again here at Windsor) last month.
On ratings the two should be very close given the pull at the weights for the margin of Breccbennach's win, but at far bigger odds I'm going to go way off piste and suggest we have a bit each way on Jamie Osborne's 82-rated Amadeus Wolfe Tone.
Pretty much ignored as an 18/1 shot by the Unibet odds compilers, this horse hails from a stable who were among the winners at this fixture seven days ago, and could easily bounce back to form now connections opt to try the combination of a hood and binkers to try and harness his undoubted talent.
It's worth noting that two of this animal's career handicap wins have come from marks of 82 and 87, so there's definite proof he's not handicapped out of it.
Fair enough he hasn't won for a while, but all grounds seems to come alike, the six furlong trip is perfect (last win was over 6f), and a first taste of Windsor could well be to his liking.
In-form Adam Kirby takes the mount (winners over the last few days on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), and with the benefit of a run under his belt to blow away the cobwebs Amadeus Wolfe Tone looks too big each way at 18's.
The other bet on the card comes in the luck last at 9.05pm, in the 1m 2f Royal Windsor Festival Weekend Handicap...
Richard Hughes looks beyond Richard Hannon's Glebe Spirit to ride William Knight's Allergic Reaction, but it's worth remembering the market leader's win last time out came at Leicester on Heavy ground in a Class 6.
This Class 5 represents a step up in grade and a hike in the weights on different ground, so I'm going to take him on with handicap first timer Beakers N Num Nums.
There must be someone at the British Horseracing Authority in charge of making sure people don't give horse ridiculous names, but this one seems to have slipped through their rather wide net!
Either way, an opening mark of 68 may have been kind to this three-year-old son of Iffraaj, who immediately began attracting bits and pieces of support when the markets opened.
James Doyle takes over in the saddle, and though his maiden form is nothing to get excited about this fella looks exactly the sort to spring to life now switched to more realistic handicap company.
I'm backing him each way in the hope the hunch pays off.
Monday's best bets at Windsor:
7.35 - Betdaq Exchange 0% Multiples During World Cup Handicap - 2 Amadeus Wolfe Tone (each way)
9.05 - Royal Windsor Festival Weekend Handicap - 2 Beakers N Num Nums (each way