PADDOCKS PATENT (TUESDAY)
We start our day’s previews with a 3Yo+ handicap. Andrew Balding’s Geordan Murphy makes his handicap debut after winning over course and distance fifteen days ago; he was hardly off the bridal when tracking the leaders and cruised to the front with two furlongs to go and was eased down in the final half furlong; he looks a very promising three year old and can make his winning start in handicap company.
The biggest dangers look to come from Piccadilly Jim and Chess Valley. The latter was closing in on the winner with every stride last time out and she can run off the same mark again today. The former wasn’t disgraced on his handicap debut finishing a respectable third; he took a while to get going but when he did he was hacking up the ground and stepping up to this extra furlong today should suit. Geordan Murphy has to get my vote to make a winning handicap debut.
Geordan Murphy (WIN)
We stay here at Windsor for our second preview of the day another 3Yo+ handicap. So Noble comes here today seeking his hat-trick after winning over course and distance eight days ago; he looked to be eased down in the final stages and seem to have a bit more left in the tank and should go in again, but the ground holds question marks against him.
The other two that look interesting in this are Rangi Chase and Mendacious Harpy, the latter was beaten by So Noble here eight days ago but has proven form on soft ground and should be able to reverse the form in the running today, but the former looks more promising he pulled away from the field in impressive style last time out and the horse who was second that day has gone on to win so he is my selection today.
Rangi Chase (E/W)
We end the day with a two mile handicap on the all-weather. Rowlestone Lass and Lacey look to be the two favourites in the field, the former has been knocking on the door most of the season and is climbing up the weights without winning and is raised a further two pounds here again today; she’s only been tried at this distance once in the past and it didn’t look to suit her so her being entered in this today is surprising as she looks more suited to twelve furlongs. The latter was only beaten by a neck last time out over course and distance where he seemed to leave it too late but was rallying home in the final stages.
The biggest danger looks to be Honest Strike, he was only a short head behind Lacy when finishing third back in September over course and distance and comes here on better terms then Lacy today; he hasn’t won in over a year but he seems to now be down to a fair mark and can come back to winning ways again today.
Honest Strike (E/W)