Balding's Banker's - 4 July
Andrew Balding - Royal Windsor Racecourse Monday Night Racing Ambassador
Gates Open: 4.05pm First Race 6.05pm
There has been significant change to recent racing conditions, in that the weather has been kinder in the Windsor region and the ground is now good. Therefore, it's worth being forgiving to horses who have had previous poor runs on soft going.
Wales are obviously having a fantastic time of it of late with their football team reaching the semi-finals in the Euros. And, in the first race Welsh trainer David Evans and apprentice jockey Aled Beech team up with Al's Memory. The horse requires a return to form but David does really well at Windsor and I feel with Wales' current form he is worth the shout! Potternello looks like the main danger and the likely favourite as he has been knocking at the door and is familiar with the course.
I really like my horse - He's A Lad ridden by David Probert in the second. Although he will be exposed experience wise, I feel he will run a good race at hopefully a decent price. There is not much form wise to go on in this large field, but, Clive Cox saddles Kodiline, who was very well supported in his only start at Bath last month where he finished second and it's likely he could go one better tonight.
Roger Varian is a very good trainer and has dropped Fool To Cry into the claimer. She was fourth on her last outing and in tonight's race this looks good enough form wise.
The fourth race is a leg of Windsor's summer sprint series. It looks a tricky race and with over £10,000 in prize money it a competitive field. Major Pusey looks progressive with his form as well as Lucky Beggar, both who look to go off at a short price. Foxtrot Knight for trainer Ruth Carr has course and distance form, albeit last season's, but he also seems to be on the improve and has each way claims.
In the fifth, Quebee, for Clive Cox was an impressive winner over the course and distance here at Windsor last month and appears to have the ability for further improvement. Craftsmanship is a former course winner, and although he needs to improve on his recent form if there is a strong pace he could prove a nice bit of value.
The sixth looks like a good opportunity for Godolphin's well-bred Laugh Aloud to get off her mark. In her last race she finished second to a horse who subsequently won a listed race on the weekend, so the form is well franked here for this likely favourite.
Trainer David Lanigan likes to keep his strike rate hot, so will be looking to continue his good Windsor form with Athlon in the last race. The horse won at Windsor last month and has solid claims as he looks likely to improve again.
Have a great Monday night.