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Balding's Banker's - 1 August

Mon, Aug 1, 2016

Balding's Banker's - 1 August

Andrew Balding - Royal Windsor Racecourse Monday Night Racing Ambassador

Gates Open: 3.30pm First Race 5.55pm

We had a fantastic weekend with Dancing Star running a blinder on Saturday to win the Stewards Cup at Goodwood. The horses seem to be running really well at the moment and so long may that continue.

The first race at Windsor tonight if for amateur riders and looks quite open. Interestingly Victoria Pendleton rides for Lawney Hill on Royal Etiquette, however Eugenic seems to be a stand out option with an experienced jockey on board. Donald McCain daughter rides Nefaath for her father, she is a good jockey having ridden some winners over the jumps and I also think feel he could make a bold bid.

Experience and a low draw below ten I believe will be key to the maiden - the second race. The market is indicating that Richard Hughes's Hathfa owned by Al Shaqhab will be the likely favourite, however I feel she is drawn to high. James Fanshawe's Bellevarde looks to have the best form and is drawn low enough. Clive Cox is doing very well with his two year olds this season, particularly prepping them at Windsor and he runs Highland Dream who may offer some each way value.

Tom Queally rides the likely favourite in the third race Fine n Dandy and John Joiner has won his last two starts and appears to be running in form, so it's hard to look beyond the two market leaders. However, Toni's a Star has been running consistently in all his starts. George Downing takes some weight off his back and again I would say offers some nice each way value.

September Stars for Ralph Becket was in winning ways last week at Windsor over the course and distance and returns again tonight and again is hard to look past in the fourth.

The fifth is a leg of Windsor's Summer Sprint Series. Escalating looks like the one to beat but arguably may want it softer. Fang also looks dangerous and his bidding for a treble of wins tonight. Eve Johnson-Houghton horses have been running well all season and I wouldn't be surprised if Goring puts in a bold show to.

William Haggas trains Julia Dream in the fifth, which is maiden. She has the form finishing second on both her last two outings. Blaze of Hearts also showed promise here at Windsor two weeks ago.

The last race looks very competitive and tricky to judge with all the runners having encouraging form. Gary Moore's Dubawi Light is an interesting runner as well as Tatawu for Peter Hiatt who looks to be on the improve as well.

Have a great Monday night.

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