Four of Britain’s five Flat Classics will be run over the course of the next seven weeks, and the domestic run towards Guineas weekend at Newmarket begins on Tuesday with the opening of the three-day Craven meeting. But for fans of Windsor racecourse – and I very much count myself as one of those – the season starts with an afternoon meeting ahead of the much-loved Monday evening cards, which begin next week with a meeting for which entry is free if you register in advance.
If there is a better way to arrive at a racecourse than the boat that chugs down the Thames from Windsor & Eton Riverside, I’ve yet to discover it, and while some moan about the prize money and the standard of racing, it’s possible to turn up for an evening meeting in late April and see a dual Group One winner and a Royal Ascot winner make their racecourse debuts within two hours of each other. I know, because I was there back in 1992 when both Lyric Fantasy (Queen Mary & Nunthorpe) and Niche (the Norfolk Stakes winner two months later) kicked off their racecourse careers.
Anyway, Monday’s meeting has survived an inspection but will take place on heavy ground. There are, however, a few heavy-ground specialists on the card who deserve close consideration, including Mobsta (4.20), who found trouble in running after being the subject of a gamble on his seasonal debut up at Doncaster. Off the same mark today and with Silvestre de Sousa booked to ride, he will take plenty of beating.
Bombero (3.50) also goes well on deep ground and would stand every chance if he can return to the form of his six-length win off an 8lb lower mark on heavy going at Nottingham last year, and Bakht A Rawan (5.25), who has gone well after a break in the past, also looks solid in the last.