If a fresh-faced 2014 Flat season needed a shot in the arm to grab the attention of punters still purring after the twin jumping delights of Cheltenham and Aintree then it arrived in style on Saturday afternoon, with the John Gosden-trained Invincible Spirit colt Kingman bulldozing his way to the top of the antepost lists for the 2,000 Guineas courtesy of a rampant display in Newbury's Group 3 Greenham Stakes.
The Unibet odds compilers make Kingman their 11/10 market leader to achieve the same Greenham/Guineas double achieved by the mighty Frankel back in 2011, a feat made all the more notable by the fact Kingman races in the same distinctive Khalid Abdullah silks.
Kingman's trainer John Gosden has started the new campaign in truly blistering form, rattling in seven winners across the two day card at Newbury alone, while his form figures clocked up with his last 18 runners are eye-wateringly impressive: 116131141114131011.
Gosden is doubly represented on another excellent Monday card at Windsor this afternoon, but in search of a winner we'll kick off in the second race on the card, division one of a competitive 0-85 five furlong sprint handicap.
There are plenty of question marks against the majority of runners here, not least those returning from lengthy winter breaks, but that's not something that can be levelled against Mike Murphy's bang in-form Muhdiq following his comfortable win on the All Weather at Wolverhampton 24 days ago.
Two of Muhdiq's three career wins have come at today's trip, and best of all Shane Kelly's mount is three pounds lower on the turf (77) as opposed to his winning mark at Dunstall Park (80).
It's also worth noting the last time Mudhiq was seen on the turf he went down just a length and a quarter in a bunched finish behind the progressive Perfect Pasture, form which looks none too shabby now given how that rival went on to win his next three!
This afternoon's forecast Good ground will be no problem, and Muhdiq is taken to record his first career success on the turf.
Division two of the very same sprint handicap is race three on the card, and in a more open looking heat a chance is taken on the front-running John Jenkins runner Rambo Will from stall one.
Ideally located to utilise his early speed, this is another horse who's fit and in prime form from the All Weather, winning at Southwell two runs back, before returning from a short break to run a creditable second off today's mark of 73 behind Foxy Music (again at Southwell) 12 days ago.
Does he only reserve his best for Southwell you might well query?
Happily not, as a course and distance strike here at Windsor in October will testify.
He goes on any ground, gets on well with pilot Natalia Gemelova, and can clearly be competitive off this mark as bottom weight in an open handicap.
As such, Rambo Will looks an attractive each way proposition at 12/1 with Unibet.
Last but not least, the penultimate race on the card is the mile and a half 0-85 New Horseracing Odds At Unibet.co.uk Handicap, in which Roger Charlton's talented Quest For More can display the benefits of a recent gelding operation by recording a victory on his first outing for 166 days.
The winner of two of his last five starts, this son of Teofilo could have plenty more to come as he matures, and a mark of 80 could be left well behind if he learns to settle better in the early stages.
Bear in mind today is only his ninth career start, while Charlton struck here at Windsor seven days ago with Stomp, his only runner on the card.
This afternoon's best bets at Windsor:
2.50 - Download The Unibet Pro App Handicap (Div I) - 8 Muhdiq (win)
3.20 - Download The Unibet Pro App Handicap (Div II) - 10 Rambo Will (each way)
4.50 - New Horseracing Odds At Unibet.co.uk Handicap - 4 Quest For More (win)