Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders is back in the chair to provide his three best bets at Windsor on Thursday.
It is over to Windsor for the third round of Racing League fixtures on Thursday and the mile handicap (7.00) looks well worth targeting for an each-way bet with bet365 paying four places.
This is a competitive field. Any of Chartwell House, Maywake, Metal Merchant and Mobashr are viable candidates to go off favourite, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a plunge on METABOLT, and he is the first horse I will be backing.
The money certainly came for Metabolt when the David Loughnane-trained four-year-old was sent off the 4/1 favourite for a 16-runner handicap at Galway two weeks ago, but he seemed to struggle on the yielding ground. He found little off the bridle round the home bend and faded out of contention, with Chris Hayes easing him up before the line.
That is a run worth ignoring and the prospect of quicker ground at Windsor is sure to be in his favour. If you judge Metabolt on his three previous runs this term he is a massive player, with two victories (one over this course and distance) preceding a neck second to Paws For Thought at Haydock. That horse is now rated 10lb higher and my selection is up just 1lb in the ratings.
It is rare for a British-trained runner to go off such a short price in a major handicap at Galway and I’m sure that wasn’t Metabolt’s true running. This lightly raced miler can get back on the right track.
My other each-way selection, eight-year-old KIMIFIVE, was running at Windsor before Metabolt was even born. In 2018, Kimifive produced four top efforts at the track, turning in Racing Post Ratings of 83, 90, 92 and 98 (form figures of 2114), and has slipped to a mark of 69 after three runs this year.
However, he was late out having reappeared in the middle of June and showed a little more at Epsom last time on his first run over a mile. That was Kimifive’s 60th start and he is a late graduate to the division, but the distance didn’t beat him as he plugged on well for fourth.
This might just be his optimum trip nowadays and he is slipping ever closer to his previous winning mark. Ian Williams is an excellent trainer at revitalising formerly smart sorts who have lost their way and this veteran can hit the places off a mark 13lb lower than he was rated at the beginning of the last campaign.
The most lucrative contest of the night at the Racing League is the concluding 1m2f handicap and Ado McGuiness appears to have a golden chance with STAR HARBOUR, who could well be backed each-way with bet365 again offering the punters four places.
Star Harbour reeled in a front-running hot favourite in another Racing League fixture at Chepstow last week, a race in which the second home finished five lengths ahead of the third.
There is plenty of pace in the line up and Star Harbour should have the race run to suit. He should certainly be feared despite a 5lb penalty, with top-class 3lb claimer Billy Loughnane negating most of that.
The Sea The Stars gelding has also proved his ability to deal with quick turnarounds in the past. He should be well capable of coping with the seven-day break.