Moone's can land Windsor highlight on seasonal bow
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Edited
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Moone's My Name was a consistent performer in decent handicaps last season, and can resume his progress by landing the Standing Sire Whatacaper.com Handicap.
Ralph Beckett's 4-y-o won a Warwick maiden and a Leicester handicap in July last year and ended the campaign with a decent second off this rating. His stable got off the mark with an impressive debutante winner last week and he seems sure to be fit enough to do himself justice in this wide open contest after 175 days on the sidelines.
There are several dangers in the 14 runner field, with perhaps Zafeen's Pearl feared the most. Dean Ivory's 5-y-o has proven race-fitness on her side after a creditable second on the all-weather last time out (denied a clear run and probably unlucky loser). She is lightly raced on turf and open to improvement if transferring her recent form to this level.
Uncle Fred won this race last season and proved a liking for the course and distance when winning again here in August. He races off just a 1lb higher mark on this return and he is sure to be thereabouts if tuned up after six months off.
Duster represents the Hughie Morrison yard that has been in flying form through the winter. Ryan Moore is a significant booking for the stable and his chance is respected if the market speaks in his favour. The 5-y-o has won second time out in the past two seasons before rather losing his way, while a mile may stretch his stamina to the limit.
Starwatch was a real standard bearer for his small stable last season, winning five of his last six starts, including two at this unique turning course. However, he now features on a career high rating as a result of that spree and others may be open to more improvement.
Bottomweight Islesman won a mile handicap at Kempton in June under this rider, and made a promising return there last month. He has course form here in the past and is respected with William Buick an interesting booking.
In summary, a typically wide open and competitive Windsor handicap where fortune in running will play a huge part as usual. Moone's My Name is worth an each-way investment at around 6-1 this morning, expected to come with a late flourish to assert close home under Jim Crowley.
Stephen's Monday Nap Rosslyn Castle 3.30 Windsor
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