Windsor Races betting: Tom Lee's season opener tips

Cheltenham is disappearing in the rearview mirror, the Grand National has been run and won by 25/1 shot Pineau De Re, the clocks have changed, and the nights are getting longer...

It's that time of year when the cogs of the embryonic Flat season are beginning to whirr, and that means one of British racing's best loved weekly fixtures - Windsor's ever popular Mondays - are back with a bang!

Balmy spring and summer days and nights at a picturesque venue on the banks of the Thames are one thing, but throw in some thrilling racing at a track frequented by the great and good of the sport, and you've got a recipe for real entertainment.

Punters love Windsor for its competitive handicaps and informative maidens, and over the course of the 22 Monday fixtures running from April until October, we'll be delving into the form book to try and help Unibet customers locate a winner or two.

This week, a seven race card kicking off at 2.10pm (live on Attheraces) signals a welcome return to action at the track, and it's in the second race on the card (2.40) that we'll head for the opening Windsor wager of the campaign:


2.40 - Download The Unibet Pro App Handicap

The likes of Roger Charlton's returning Nayef gelding Stomp, Richard Hannon's Star Code, as well as the Mark Johnston-trained King Of Macedon will have their admirers, but all three have to prove they're up to winning this six furlong 0-85 handicap after a lengthy winter absence.

That's not something which will concern backers of Frankie Dettori's mount Gone With The Wind, a fit and in-form son of dual Group 1 winner Dutch Art. 

It may well be a tip in itself that his trainer Jeremy Noseda has seen fit to enter Gone With The Wind in a pair of valuable sales races at Newmarket's Craven meeting later this month, and that hints at the progress expected from a very promising sort.

First blooded in a seven furlong Kempton maiden back in November, he built on that by scoring in gritty fashion  in the hands of Dettori over today's trip on the All Weather at Lingfield in January.

With a maiden in the bag he returned to Kempton 26 days ago to win readily in the hands of William Buick (again over six furlongs), seeing off some significantly more experienced rivals on his first foray into handicap company.

Indeed second placed Taquka had previously won his maiden by an emphatic five lengths, while third placed Mick's Yer Man franked the form by winning smartly at Leicester three days ago. 

Noseda looks to have found the perfect opportunity to follow up, and in doing so complete a hat-trick so early in Gone With The Wind's nascent career, in the shape of this identical Class 4 0-85 over the same trip.

If he handles the transition from the All Weather to the turf then Gone With The Wind can score with a bit to spare. 


3.40 - New Horseracing Odds At Handicap

An hour later it's another three-year-old 0-85 handicap that catches the eye, this one run over a smidgin further than a mile...

John Gosden's Westminster looked sharp when breaking his maiden at Southwell in December, while Tree Of Grace will be a serious threat if consenting to settle better than when taking a fierce grip in the early stages at Kempton Park 11 days ago.

A first time visor could eke out more improvement from Richard Fahey's Upholland, but the form of his recent third at Wolverhampton ties in with the Roger Varian runner Jaahiez.

A cheeky winner of a Lingfield maiden over a mile in February, Jaahiez was worn down close home at the West Midlands track on his handicap debut, headed on the post over nine furlongs.

This slight drop back in trip looks ideal on his turf debut, and although four pounds higher on a mark of 76, he can out that experience to good use to go one better.

Good luck!


Monday's best bets at Windsor:

2.40 - Download The Unibet Pro App Handicap - 7 Gone With The Wind (win)

3.40 - New Horseracing Odds At Handicap - 7 Jaahiez (win)