Windsor Races Betting: Tom Lee's Tuesday Tips

Windsor's winter hibernation is just eight races away, with this afternoon's card the 26th and final fixture of 2014 at a track which features amongst almost every racegoer's list of favourites.

If you haven't been then be sure to chalk up the Unibet-sponsored venue as a priority for 2015 - quality, no nonsense racing, played out in a garden party atmosphere adjacent to the backdrop of the River Thames. 

The top names, both human and equine, are more than happy to make it a regular haunt, with the big battalions from Newmarket and beyond represented each and every week. 

The ground is being given as Soft (Good to Soft in places) for today's finale, conditions which should ideally suit Richard Fahey's Royal Applause gelding Piccadilly Jim, as the four-year-old lines up over a mile in Division One of the Happy 75th Birthday David Nicholson Handicap at 2.00pm.

Fahey is on the way to crowning a magnificent season, and goes into today just four adrift of his best ever annual tally of winners, the bar having been set at 181 back in 2010. 

If you were watching Channel 4 Racing on Saturday afternoon you'll know he seized plenty of the plaudits at Doncaster on Racing Post Trophy day, netting a stunning four-timer via successes for 7/2 Withersea, 14/1 Latenightrequest, 8/1 Tachophobia, and finally 9/1 Alquimia.

Anyone who backed that quartet in a multiple would've been rewarded at cumulative odds of 6,074/1, with three of them ridden by rising star of the apprentice ranks Jack Garritty.

This afternoon though Fahey relies on the more experienced figure of Pat Dobbs to steer Piccadilly Jim and boost the winning spree to even greater heights.

Dobbs gets the leg up on a horse having just his fifth run, and only his second ever start in handicap company, and his very first at this extended mile trip.   

Previous evidence suggests the longer distance should suit - Piccadilly Jim was flying in the closing stages the last time we saw him on the track, grabbing third over seven furlongs at Thirsk back in August after being impeded a furlong from home.

Fahey has been content to bide his time with the grey since then, waiting for a suitable opening to allow him to put his head in front towards the tail end of the turf season. 

He receives a handy seven pounds from favourite Geordan Murphy, and can put it to good use.

Another trainer who enjoyed a slice of the limelight at Doncaster on Saturday afternoon was William Muir, who was clearly elated after the win of 11/2 shot Code Red in the listed six furlong race, nominating him as a likely type for next year's 2,000 Guineas in the immediate aftermath. 

This afternoon Muir has hot favourite So Noble lined up for the second division of the Happy 75th Birthday David Nicholson Handicap at 2.30pm, though his runner is shooting up the weights after recent wins at Chepstow and here at Windsor last week. 

There is a serious danger his latest six pound penalty incurred for his Heavy ground Windsor strike will be enough to derail the hat-trick bid, and the man to deny him could be none other than the ever alert Richard Fahey.

The North Yorkshire trainer relies on in-form Rangi Chase in his bid to land both divisions of this handicap, and at a decent price he could well be the solution. 

Recent wins in both a Thirsk handicap (under Jack Garritty) and a Pontefract claimer have done plenty to advertsise his wellbeing, with Jimmy Fortune the man tasked with guiding him to a third win in four starts this afternoon. 

Soft ground and this trip appear to the Rangi Chase's optimum conditions, and it could be 178 and 179 up for Fahey at Windsor later today. 

Good luck!


This afternoon's best bets at Windsor:

2.00 - Happy 75th Birthday David Nicholson Handicap (Div 1) - 6 Piccadilly Jim (win)

2.30 - Happy 75th Birthday David Nicholson Handicap (Div 2) - 3 Rangi Chase (win)